10.11.2016

today’s array of materials: bluestone, pine, cypress and marble. water resistant and smooth to the touch, the bluestone serves as the bathroom floor and backsplash. each slab weighs several hundred pounds, and can only be moved safely with a specific transport cart. the pine — which we milled from trees on a parcel of land in Accord, NY — serves as the fascia board for the under-building cork insulation. behind this pine board is a conduit for wires that run to the exterior under-building power outlets. the cypress wood — which is similar in color to the black spruce used in the CLT — serves a cap for what would otherwise be exposed CLT end-grain on the inside of the building. lastly, the marble from India forms the mandala in the main room. the design for this mandala is derivative of the Satkona, which is a symbol that has special significance in several religions.

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10.5.2016

we fastened both the northern and southern stairways to the building today. instead of pouring concrete footings, Dan, Max, and Mike stacked flat rocks from the bottom of a 40 inch deep hole to just above ground level. these stacks serve as the foundation for the sets of stairs, and transfer the weight of the stairs to earth that is below the frost line, and will not freeze. when the dirt under a structure freezes and thaws, it rises and subsides. in this situation, transferring the weight of the stairs directly to the surface of the earth would have caused the bottom of the stairs to shift upwards and downwards during the cold months, which would have put unnecessary strain on the metal that connects the stairs and the CLT.

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10.4.2016

our footprint on the site continues to lessen as we remove tools and materials that are no longer needed from the site. stairs are ready to lift into place. today, Jed and Herb completely disassembled the A-frames that were used to stage the CLT panels, while Max and Dan made good progress on the stair footings. Pat and the roofing team were also on site today, preparing the roof for the brass detail.

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9.30.2016

today we worked on the white oak stairs that will lead to the kitchen entrance, and the black locust stairs that will lead to the main room exterior entrance. each set of stairs weighs roughly 1000 lbs, as each step is made from a solid beam. although these loads were not taken into account when the CLT panel layout was initially specified, the CLT cantilever that will bear a significant portion of the of the weight of the stairs is sufficiently robust, and will flex minimally.

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9.29.2016

maneuvering around the building was difficult today, as work was being done in almost every room. the ceiling of the temple was painted, all of the makrana marble was dry laid in the main room, the first light fixtures were installed in the bedroom and bathroom, and the underside of the building was almost completely covered with insulation. tomorrow, the custom fabricated solid metal bathtub will be delivered to the site, and the work that was done today will continue.

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9.28.2016

today, Rob and team made excellent progress in installing interior window trim: the cypress wood that covers the CLT end-grain blends well with the black spruce walls, and the black walnut baseboard serves as a clean transition between the floor and wall planes. we are now finished with installation of all of the metal doors, and we started and finished installing the modular/removable black locust floor of the utility room. the first light fixtures go in tomorrow, as we are nearly done generating sawdust.

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9.27.2016

the perimeter of the underside of the building is fully insulated. tomorrow, we insulate the remaining under-building space, and work on installation of the interior window trim, marble mandala, and black locust stairway into the temple.

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9.26.2016

today, we fully depleted our supply of elm planks, finished flooring the entire bedroom with black walnut, and made more progress on the kitchen cabinetry. tomorrow, we begin insulating the underside of the building with cork.

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9.23.2016

today was a day of preparation. we prepared: the underside of the building for cork insulation which will go on next week, the black locust beams that will form the eastern walkway into the temple, and the grounds surrounding the building for final siteworks. handover of the keys to the temple is only a couple of weeks away.

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9.22.2016

today, the entirety of the south wall and most of the western wall of the main building was sided. the black walnut flooring has expanded into the main room, and the makrana marble mandala installation has begun. tomorrow: more siding and flooring. we are nearing completion.

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