GETTING THE SITE READY TO BUILD!
Now that you've put all these factors into the amazing computer on top of
your shoulders and have come up with the place, it's time to prepare
the site for action. Congratulations!!
- Clear trees and brush that are on the site.
- Develop the access.
- Get water to the site.
- Dig an outhouse or figure out a waste system.
- If there isn't a house on the land, set up a temporary shelter and a fire,
a cooking set-up, a hammock, and a tent site. Make it inviting to hang out
on the land.
- Gather the tools you'll need and make a dry, safe spot to store them.
- Set up a tarp over the construction site for shade and rain protection.
This sounds easier than it is. The tarp roof needs to be designed with care.
Make sure the water will not run onto the walls or puddle in the middle and
pull down the tarp with its weight. If you decide to build the roof of your
house first, obviously you won't need the tarp covering.
- Get electricity in if you want it.
- Gather materials and get them to the site. Put everything in the most convenient
place so you won't have to move anything more times than necessary. Keep the
wood and straw dry. Store glass carefully. (See pages 23-24 for a list of
materials to collect.)
- Have a site celebration and blessing.
- Start the drainage and foundation. Yippee!