large piles left around the perimeter of the site when they excavated the foundation). The soil is now at the approximate level it will be when the house is complete, which gives us a slightly better sense of how the house will sit on the site when it is complete. For example, we can see the scale and proportions of the courtyard and the patio a little better now (the patio is to the right in this image, under the sapote tree and facing the park across the street.
perspective elsewhere on this blog.
The contractor also left us with separate piles of large pieces of coral, which we're hoping to use in the landscape, probably to help define the raised planting beds. It is a beautiful material, and it's almost all reclaimed from the site.
Our students, by the way, are brilliant, and their feedback on the project is very helpful. One takeaway from today's visit: the need for security. Two of my students have had air conditioning units stolen (one from a house, the other from a church), which suggests that we better find a way to make sure anything outdoors (a/c, solar hot water heater, photovoltaics, lightning rods) is pretty secure. At least our photovoltaic panels are stuck down with a strong adhesive. Yikes.
share habitat without sharing food. It would be a cruel irony to have to kill a lot of animals in order to enjoy a vegan diet.