89 Photos - Jan 28, 2014
Photo: #Pancha Mahabhuta, the first #Hybrid Home facing North.Photo: The slender windows on the West side will shade the harsh afternoon sun but still allow in prevelant winds of the Bay.Photo: Pancha Mahabhuta facing SouthPhoto: Photo: First things first.  We built a 200,000 liter cistern to store rain water.Photo: The concrete cistern is divided into two chambers.  PVC stairs lead the bottom to make cleaning easier.Photo: Next we built a warehouse to keep tools safe.  The walls of the warehouse or bodega were made with recycled plastic PET bottles. We quickly blow torched the bottles to twist the neck for easier building.Photo: With the neck twisted "building blocks" were formed and could be layed into concrete quickly.Photo: Pipes and tubes are all insulated with left over insulation thanks to our mini split recycled goods provider, Aire Acondicionado INSA.Photo: Once columns with rebar and concrete were erected, walls made out of plastic PET Bottles were installed.Photo: Free Mini Split Packing Material was given to us by a local AC installation company, Aire Acondicionado Insa.  They were used to form high quality styrofoam blocks.Photo: Blocks are stuffed with free fiberglass insulation. Also a by product given to us by INSA.Photo: Styrofoam blocks are used  as a filler material and help keep the roof cool. They are placed between rebar bracing.Photo: Preparing the roof to receive the styrofoam blocks.Photo: Now the warehouse is finished. We decorated with wine bottles from #Mar Y Sol Restaurant in Bucerias. Big thanks to Nancy who gave us hundreds of bottles used throughout the project. The Brazil wood seen above had been thrown out by a restaurant in Litibu.Photo: No need to cut these bottles of rum.  We just poured the concrete on top.  Once finished this will be one wall of an outside shower.Photo: Now on to build the basement.  Once the quest for tires got going in earnest, the tires quickly began to pile up.Photo: A small ring was cut out to make packing and ramming easier.Photo: This is the entryway to the underground parking.Photo: Concrete columns give structural integrity to the basement. Tires are used as a thermal barrier and filler material.Photo: Mini split air conditoning styrofoam packing material salvaged from the landfill and turned into building materialPhoto: First story foundation being prepared.Photo: Set up is quick when all the material is uniform.Photo: Close up of rebar and styrofoam blocks. The void will be filled with concrete and form concrete beams.Photo: Two types of filler used in this pour.Photo: 800 19 liter buckets were used in total. 15 cm was cut of the top special sized to meet the needs of the foundation.Photo: You gotta love the blue skies and the long arm of technology in this shot. Gracias to Jose from #Concretos de la Bahia he was able to calculate the exact amount for the first ever 5 gallon bucket concrete pour.  No waste left over.Photo: This part was work as usual.Photo: Half way there.A la mitad.Photo: The neighbors come out to visit.Photo: Shot from underground parking looking west toward the street with nearly 1000 earth rammed tires on the wall and 800 buckets in ceiling.Photo: Now more structual columns are going up to support second level as well as support for interior and exterior walls.Photo: Beautiful at night too!Photo: Now to work on the walls.Photo: Nando playing with the many texture possibilitiesPhoto: This mesh adds strength to the adobe mud mix.  Plastered walls once completed are 30cm thick.Photo: The interior walls are almost 3.5 m high. Scaffolding makes reaching the high ceilings easier.Photo: Photo: We left certain areas open at the top to allow the cooling ocean breezes to flow in and out of the house.Photo: The start of the kitchen.Photo: Nearly 16,000 plastic PET bottles from #Vallarta Adventures .Photo: It was time consuming to cut and fill with the bottles.Photo: The bottles with their caps on act as pockets of air insulation.Photo: Photo: 16,000 of these 330ml plastic PET bottles went into the 15cm rings left over from the 1st story pour.Photo: Walls and ceiling in place.Photo: Working on the living room walls.Photo: Jesus Solano, Ramon Maldonado & Toño of Culiacan, Sinaloa down to make and install windows. Thanks guys they look great.Photo: The aluminum strips add a touch of modern to traidional adobe.Photo: We brought in orange/red clay to add color to our adobe bricks from a nearby clay pit.Photo: Rice straw is added to the adobe mix for added tensile strength as well as a beautiful, natural finish.Photo: Plastering with the stabilized cobb mud mixture.Photo: Mixing the mud for the #stabilized adobe veneer bricks.Photo: We made and filled our own decorative #adobe bricks.  Dried in the sun; on site.Photo: These laminates will be used on three sides of the house.Photo: The stairwell surface is now ready to receive the #adobe laminates.Photo: Doesn't it look different now??Photo: The #earth rammed tires on the South side are slowly being covered up with this beautiful vine.Photo: Photo: Adobe decorative bricks keep this west facing wall cool to the sun's harsh afternoon rays.Photo: #Gordon Cooper talking about parota wood options.Photo: Photo: Preparing the footing for the back wall of the biocell.Photo: Plastic PET bottles from the Bucerias recycling association are being used as filler material.Photo: Wooden forms are framed up and the concrete will be poured to finish the back wall overlooking tamarinds and mangos.Photo: Bio cell that will clean up the grey water being built.Photo: Sunset makes a long days work so worthwhile.Photo: Even Akamaru the gaurd dog is tired at the end of the day...Photo: Juls finishing with adobePhoto: Covering the tires with an #edible tropical garden jaboticaba and pinapple .  Oregano to sprout soon as ground cover.Photo: The tire wall leading into the basement is now almost covered with this gorgeous flowering vine.Photo: Decorating the bathroom with flowers from the #biocell.Photo: This contains pond is the recycled grey water.  There are two types of aquatic pĺans: an endemic lily and fern.Photo: Every morning lilies bloom in the pond.Photo: Guppies swim around helping to circulate the water and gobbling up mosquito larvae.Photo: This is the biocell where plants clean up the grey water and produce beautiful flowers and even food.  It runs 14 meters long.Photo: Many tropical fruits and flowers have been included.  These are banana and papaya trees.Photo: A zucchini plant growing in the biocell.Photo: Lush bugambilia and heliconias grow.Photo: Super sweet guanabanas are part of the biocell.Photo: Black water is quickly broken down in this #Rotoplas biodigester.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: