This team is dedicated to helping provide a layout for the studio that we eventually built, and communicating the results of each step toward the final result.
Hector, Katy, Alex, Tamara, Andrew
|Photo by Tamara Siemering|
While researching on how to build the house, my fears of not being able to finish grew larger by the day, as we began working on the land these fears did not subside until we began working on the walls. We were able to procure several pallets which we used to build the house. Pallets proved to be the ideal building material for several reasons: due to their shape, when mounted they create a perfect space to place the adobe and create a solid wall which insulates well. Pallets also served to speed up the process of building considerably since one pallet fills a considerable part of a wall rather nicely, which helped us save a lot of time instead of having to place several support beams and then affixing planks. Pallets are also rather cheap and easy to come by so they help keep the overall cost of building down. Pallets also serve a cosmetic purpose. Once the walls were up we came to the realization that the planks created a pleasing pattern and it was decided the pallets should not be completely covered so that they would be painted over at a later time.
I was originally very nervous about this process. I don’t really know why I signed up for this specific team because I don’t sketch, nor am I any architectural “visionary.” I was very skeptical of the designing process because I felt very unprepared for the task at hand. The “idea” of creating a studio sized structure sounds cool and fun, but once we began our work I started to worry that we may not actually be able to complete what we start in…9 days. I thought, “how can a few you tube videos and instructional readings prepare us for labor intensive, hands on construction?” My idea of our design was simplicity. We need to keep this structure simple so that we can finish before we leave. This made me anxious–
|Photo by T. Siemering|
However, when we arrived on the land, I saw the materials and the adobe-mixing “pond.” and it started coming life. I could actually breathe a bit easier, knowing that we actually have all that we need right in front of us. This is essentially child-friendly labor, all we need is the effort and dedication to this project. I became less and less skeptical knowing that Matias, our contractor/guide was there to help along the way. He had built his own entire home out of wood and adobe, so I trusted his expertise. Our design wasn’t put into place as much as I had hoped, but I was just happy being such an integral part in the building experience. Everyone had the chance to really sit down and understand each step as we went through them.
|Photo by T. Siemering|
After one of our days spent working on the land in the hot sun, we were given the option to stay overnight and continue working on the structure. One of the best decisions I’ve made was staying that night and learning about while simultaneously experiencing the construction of a house. That afternoon I helped put together a floor made from wood planks and nails. Using leg strength to push those planks together while someone else hammered them into submission was certainly a different experience than brainstorming about design from the comfort of a classroom. Only from sweating buckets, bruising and scraping my body and using all of my limited strength was I able to understand what it truly takes to build a house.
Predictions and Conclusions