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The time has come to start some hard work!

For this next leg of the race, we now have to get the foundations out so we can build on it.
This project isn't going to be a quick one but it is probably the most essential!

The plan of attack on this one is to first clear out the site of all grass and rocks.
Once the grass and the rocks are cleared, we then have to level the ground to the best of our ability.

From there we need to then lay out the forms so we can then pour the slabs.

This is where it will be a little different from your standard development project... but hey, that's okay :)

 

Considering we are limited on resources in terms of capability of the amount adobe/cement we can pour at a time, we need to segment our build.

The plan is to first pour out a 3.4m x 3.4m x 10cm slab for the first shed. This shed will be used as a storage area for the main building equipment.
Then two more slabs, 1 for storage and the other for sleeping/relaxing from the heat (maybe).

Once the 3 sheds are in place, we will then work on the pergola (central hive slab).
Being an octagon in design, we can cut it into wedges, which we are going to do. This will make it easy for us to manage the adobe/cement pour and not have to many forms up doing nothing.
The outside 2m width of the pergola is a walkway, so this will have a 100mm thickness. The inner part that will be the main common area, will have a thickness of 150mm or 200mm.

The slabs don't have to be too flashy in terms of construction because the pergola itself, will not be attached to the slab. We will have ground sunk anchoring for the poles on the outside edges. The inside pole will be mounted onto the slab where we have that extra thickness to hold the central weight. - If that makes sense?

The main downside to this work, is that of the 3 of us, there will only be myself on the property most of the time to begin with.
In about 6 months, hopefully another will be able to set more time on the property.
Otherwise, I might have to look at recruiting some friends to help me out if needed.

Over the next 5 days, all 3 of us will be on the property, so we may be able to get 2 of the 3 slabs down.

There is a lot of work to be done, and from now on out, I will be posting directly from the property :)

Fun fun fun. 

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