Needless to say with a project like this, delays keep popping up so we are already a bit behind our starry-eyed, optimistic schedule. We lost the first week and weekend of June to heavy rain. Last weekend we finally got the building materials on-site and did a lot of prep and measuring and layout. We received the extra foam board insulation that I ordered from Forno Bravo which will go under the oven in addition to the vermicrete pad. Dan works on Saturdays, days off are Friday and Sunday, so yesterday Dan moved the phone jack and electrical which of course was in the section of wall we are using. Then we dealt with the mouse that has been living in that section of wall and who decided to join our household through the convenient new hole, much to the delight of our cats. Unfortunately our cats are enthusiastic but not skilled, which is why I was at Safeway at 10:30 last night buying a dozen mousetraps. More importantly, yesterday Dan got the walls of the stand built. Against the house is a sheet of Hardibacker board against craft paper. Rebar is epoxy'd into the existing slab. Blocks are mortared on the horizontal joints and dry on the vertical. He put horizontal rebar every second course of blocks. Tonight he is starting on the framework for the slab. He still needs to pour the concrete into the walls once the mortar has set. I ordered the new small 24x48 double-hung window which will be to the right of the oven, and discovered that wood windows take minimum 3 weeks to get! which was news to me, and which may set us back a bit, since the window will need to be painted before installation. And today we received our order of GI Metal tools - thanks, John!!
If you look at the window in the photos, you will see the blue pieces of tape on it. They mark the future location of the oven door. We decided on 42" height, and positioned it as far to the left as we could to leave maximum room for the new window next to it. It's starting to feel a little more real - I'm sure when we remove the window and are living with a sheet of plywood in it's place it will feel MUCH more real
I still have moments of looking at the window/wall and thinking OMG what are we doing?
Right now, it seems like this project is going to take forever, but I'm sure it will go by quickly.