Building a passive solar adobe home up in the mountains near Alpine, Texas is a dream come true.
I will be blogging each step along the way with the help of builder Steve Belardo, whose company, Rainbow Adobe Inc., is a well-known source of creative adobe design in the Alpine/Fort Davis/Marfa triangle of Far West Texas. I am very fortunate to have Steve making this house a reality–his many years of experience in design and building mean this project is something I know will be done well–and it is also fun!
Blog postings will include technical information, pictures of each stage of the project, personal observations, and pictures taken during local hikes.
This home design includes 2 master bedrooms and baths, 2 guest rooms and a shared bath, living and dining areas, kitchen, a personal office, a “man den,” and a 2-car (or Jeep!) garage. A large structure, the house will sit on 10 acres near the top of the mountain. The house itself is at the top of a slope that heads down to a wild ravine. Deer, aoudad, and javelina abound and there are cows as well.
I plan to be on site almost every day of this year-long project, taking pictures and learning more about the technical aspects of building this house and then sharing what I learn along the way.
You can leave comments on any of the postings or the individual pictures. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you like.
Thanks for joining me on this adventure!