Category Archives: Creating Places

Steep Dry Hillside Transformation With Vetiver Grass and Natural Stone

This South-facing hillside has a grade ranging from 55-65%. The soil is very friable, dry and has little perennial vegetative cover. The slope was formed when the lot was graded for the house site and has been steadily slipping, its edge creeping closer to the house with each passing year. This post details how we took it from dry, inaccessible and eroding to a vegetated, accessible and beautifully stabilized part of the property.

View from the bottom looking North – first batch of rocks have arrived for constructing the pathway that will create safe access to the bottom of the property.

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Pallet Framed Slip Straw Bathhouse – Part 1

Got started a bit late with documenting the build, but these shots will give the basic idea. Pictured below is the stone and stacked urbanite foundation with underlayment of old pieces of stone countertop from a nearby dump site. Several sections of the pallet wall have already been measured and attached in between 4×4″ posts. The gap in the foundation wall at the lower left where the hose is indicates where the future gravel shower drain will be.

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The same day, but looking east. The cob bond beam set beneath the first pallet wall segment has just been set. Continue reading Pallet Framed Slip Straw Bathhouse – Part 1

Creating Places: Four Corner Tree Hammock

When I was a kid summer was all about building forts. Tree forts, earth forts, pillow forts, bark houses – you name it, I built it. I’ve always loved creating spaces that I loved to be in, and interestingly enough, other people loved those spaces too. Much like the forts of childhood, these spaces are not imposed on a place, but emerge from it. People like spaces that harmonize with what is already present in the environment. This is the story of one of my more recent ‘place makings’, a four corner hammock woven in place and suspended amidst four trunks of an English Walnut tree. Continue reading Creating Places: Four Corner Tree Hammock