We have the main new basement walls up. This was done before bad winter weather set in. We are starting a series of fund raisers. The first is to be March 28, 2015. There is still design details to come up with and put on paper for the workmen to know what to do. Still lots of thinking ahead to do!
This is a picture of "Lake MoonRose". We had a lot of rain this fall in October. The rains, and the need for the dig pit to dry out took up 4 weeks! We used a hose to siphon from the first several rains that left only an inch deep lake. The last rain in October was a duzzie though and left 4 inches of water in the pit. Fortunately we had dug a sump pit and trenches to drain most of the water off. The Pit was deep enough to put a sump pump in, which is what we did for the water that is shown in this photo. My camera has a setting that cartoonizes the photo, which made this picture depict the water better.
cartoonized photo of flooded dig hole.
I am so glad I took this photo! I loved this spot that has ferns we transplanted from the woods in 1981. This is sacrificed for something more wonderful to come! A little open air patio and my new front porch in front of the new basement entrance!
gone, gone.. stone wall, ferns, stairway
Machinery that has helped. Pictures where the machine is featured show machines rented from Tennessee Contractors. Those folks were real, real good to us. Rainy weather made us have to keep those machines for a month and the rental company went easy on the charges for us. Their equipment broke down, but they came out and either fixed or replaced. The backhoe is sitting in front of my brother's dumping pickup truck, he let us borrow. Thankyou, brother Scot Dunlap, owner of FADDS Party Bus Company. The picture showing the bobcat shows when the digging was at the stage of cutting through the front yard and getting ready to dig along the block wall in the back ground. The photo that has a lot of wood in it was taken during early demo stages when the wooden parts of the house were being taken down. The man is Martin's son, Abner Holsinger. The wood floor he is standing on is above the basement was demod and enlarged.
our friend, Excavator! Dug footer trench
Friend trax bobcat that did most of dig
Demo shot from August 2013
I am writing at the end of December 2014. The three photos show the biggest area of progress. The one of the left shows the old small, low ceilinged basement partially demolished. The middle picture shows the ground cleared and the hole enlarged and opened up to the driveway for a basement that has an on grade entry. The picture on the right shows the finished block work. The new basement will be our living room, music room, meditation room, and maybe meeting space. On it will be built the main entry, kitchen, dining area, and tub room. Remaining block work needs to contain a crawlspace which will run beneath the toilet room and vegetable sink and back door that faces the barn and gardens.
We still have a long way to go. We are down to $16,000 to work with. Please help us out with your donation!
old basement partly demolishted 07-'14
Old gone, basement hole enlarged 4 new!
Block work done! New basement walls!
Our goal is to get foundation, basement, floor system, walls, roof and hopefully windows and doors in before really cold weather gets here. October can be a dry month. So far, has been wet enough to be slowing us down... or maybe not slowed down. There is hand work that has carried on cleaning the excavation that the big equipment couldn't do. A lot of time and some expense has gone into draining the excavation site, over and over this past few weeks. An injection of $ to help with these weather related costs is GREATLY appreciated. WE know you love us .. and this house will be done. I guess all these challenges are gonna make us appreciate our new/redone home that much more. This is just a phase in our lives. Everything comes to an end. Change is inevitable. PEace. Cindy and Martin
We rented this backhoe for one day almost two weeks ago. It has been rainy for two weeks now! We are having to pay more having the equipment on hand to use when we can get the footers dug ... which had better not get rained in! Please, we could use some help covering this additional rental cost. Actually a bobcat is here too to move the footer dirt out of the way. We are having to pay for that too while it is too rainy and muddy to use. The equipment company is giving us a discount because they understand our tight situation, that is no insurance money to assist with rebuild. We don't know what the addtional cost will be due to this rain and mud. I am guessing up to $1000. Martin and I are practicing honoring our feelings and returning to upbeat moods when we can. There is still plenty of work to be done around here even while waiting for the hole in the ground to dry out.
Rented backhoe idle due to rainy days.
First part of excavation dig mid Sept.
collage friend did of dig
“HeartSong Collective ~ Sing, Service and Potluck”...
can RSVP there and get more details
WHEN? September 13th, 1pm – 6pm
1 - 3:30 Compassionate Service Party...Singing while we work!
3:30 – 5 Introductions and Singing the vision
5 - 6 Picnic supper/potluck*
*Bring eating equipment (plate/bowl, utensils, napkins, cup, etc...) and something to sit on, food and drink for yourself/ food to share.
Rabbit Hole Hollow
*Due to limited parking, CARPOOL is RECOMMENDED.
Work that day: - build ceremonial/retreat dome in the woods
- taking down garden fencing and trimming saplings grown through the fence - general neatening up around the building site.
Spiritual mentor, healer, energy worker, presentations and discussions on increasing fulfilment navigation LIFE. Using life and relationships to grow. Offer synopsis and exercises drawn from the teachings of various gifted contributers to human whole person development, such as Byron Katie and Marshal Rosenberg. Point out ways to untie knots within one's self and in communication with others. (and more) Also teach foraging for wild edibles and common medicine plant identification. see http://www.meetup.com/weedeaters/
* House burned over a year ago /no insurance due to distance from fire hydrant. http://www.gofundme.com/cindyandmartin-housefire
Our goal this fall is to get the foundation, walls, and roof on so this winter work and work parties can continue inside. Hope to be making a lot of stuff and having fund raisers and fun raisers too.
My parents made a large donation. They are really having aging issues now and may or may not be able to contribute more in the future, depending on their health care needs. It has now been 15 months since the house fire. Martin and I really need to get this rebuild going! Camping out has been great, BUT I want to get back into being able to create events, teaching, and creating a permaculture biz incubation/demonstration/learning center. Please help move all this forward with funding we need. Thanks so much for those who have donated and those who have made repeated donations. Blessings! Cindy
Progressing removal of plants from front yard and on Saturday, weather permitting will be gathering measurements for topo map to use to control excavation, drainage, landscaping. Howard Switzer, our volunteer architect came by Wed and we have much more inside details nearly completed. I am starting to feel in my imagination living with the new home! That has to be good! We still need financial and labor support. Things are progressing at their own pace.... not the pace my EGO thinks it should>
Things are happening! Progress on barn! Rounding up and organizing volunteer labor to mow, finish temporary supports on barn, repair flood water damaged roads, work on Medicine Mushroom Dome. Create campgrounds, outdoor cooking and showers. Things are verging, emerging!
Look at out progress on raising funds towards rebuild!!! Please add you support! It still could be another year before we can be settled in our home! We are enjoying our current lifestyle, walking beneath the stars everynight to go to bed or walking 1/2 mile through the woods to a neighbor/friends house for a shower, but we can't do this forever! Please help out! Love ya!
Progress on barn which is storing household and building supplies and needs lots of repairs. Planning to use it for classes and fundraisers for house rebuild.
Barn shed roof and damaged north wall
Deteriorated north wall of barn
Shed roof on ground!!! Thankyou Paul !!!
The barn, which is storing items from our home, salvaged building material, and donated building materials is sagging very scarily. Now attention is directed to correct that situation! While we are at it, we will fix it up into a workshop and a place to have workshops! We can repair, refurbish, construct items needed for the main home rebuild, as well as create objects and arts to assist with Fund Raising AND have a place to have classes and work shops again to facilitate the mutual fulfilling of needs with my Nashville, friends, fans, etc. There will be guest speakers, performers, and workshop facilitators as well to create the flow to make that house grow!
Happily the campaign has pushed past the $2000 mark! The donor asked for one of the rewards that was offered by my friend Kate K. A Donation of $50 or more gets a free career counseling session.
For donation of $400 or more, and you are the first to ask for it, I am offering 2 sashes of vintage diamond lite wooden windows. These add a European charm to your home decor! I found a New England website that was selling these for $365 each! They measure 36 inches by 27 inches and look cool either long or short side on top. These came from our house. I installed them 2nd hand in 1985. I assume manufacture during '50's. I couldn't find a manufacturing date. The interior side was varnished. The exterior has faded green or green and tan paint. They have the charm of experienced age look.
offering two of these for $400+ donation
If you contribute $100 or more Dec 9 and you want a new in the package wall tapestry/bed spread 72 in. x 108 in., and you are the first person to ask for it, you can come pick it up or we can mail it to you, or bring it to you if that is convenient. The version we have has more turquoise and amber tones.. I see purple too.
Offering version is more turquoise
If you contribute $100 or more Dec 9 and you want a new in the package wall tapestry/bed spread 90 in. x 100 in., and you are the first person to ask for it, you can come pick it up or we can mail it to you, or bring it to you if that is convenient.
One tapestry to first donor of $100+
Ever since opening this campaign page back a few months ago, a few friends I sought opinions and ideas from disagreed on whether to "set the goal" low and keep moving it up or stating the goal in the 10's of thousands that it will really take to rebuild. The thinking was that people would feel like the real goal was so big that they might feel like their $10 or $20 would be insignificant. After talking to one of my biological brothers who saw the campaign page last night, he said folks might not understand how great our need was if I have the goal set so low. At least now, at $1,125, we are over 1% of the way to what it will more realistically take to have our house back.
A friend took this sweet pic of me and Martin a few summers ago. All photos of the house that is no more are so poignant to me now! We are sitting on the church pew, which survived and is stored. The wall and window behind us is gone, gone, gone!
Memories from house that burned (porch)
Folks who helped with the funding video: Thank you, thank you: Carissa Camille (video footage on day of demolition), Sue Shann (video footage, narration, editing, video planning), Randell ( help editing and thinking about this project), Kate Kiefling and Paul Freeman for appearing on the video. Thankyou, Blessings Cindy and Martin
Part of the video on the campaign was was shot in July 2013, some was shot in late October or near the beginning of November, I forgot when.
This is much more than an invitation to help a middle aged couple get their house back. Our home was a community learning center and sanctuary before it burned. We held gardening and cooking workshops, spiritual retreats, and celebratory gatherings, and we would like to be able to do so once again. The house that burned was an old-fashioned Tennessee shack; the rebuild is being designed according to Permaculture principles. We have many offers of volunteer labor, but there will certainly be costs for materials and specialties like wiring and plumbing.(Just so you, we have been working on this page for 3 months before we publicized it. So folks started contributing on this site Nov. 24th 2013
. Within a week of the fire back in April, folks began donating funds that have helped us get this far.)
Since we are still in the process of thinking through design and options, we don't know what the cost will be. Because the old house was constructed before there were building codes, we were unable to buy fire insurance. Banks have told us our property is "unmortgageable," and since our income level is low, we probably couldn't afford a mortgage anyway.before the fire and demolition
This is a view of the house from the East side. South is on your left. Notice the complete lack of solar orientation.AFTER THE FIRE AND DEMOLITION
The remaining portion, on the right in the picture below, was the "great room" where we had many events. We had hoped to save the floor and foundation of the old part of the house, but when we exposed them, we found that the floor joists were rotten and the foundation was falling apart. We would like to rebuild this structure so that it catches sunshine!An idea of the rebuild. The yellow and maroon striped thing represents the garage doors visible to the right on the above two photographs. The brown-grey-yellow represents the stone veneer visible in the above photograph.There will be a about 20x17 sunlit studio space added to the existing remaining structure. This "sunlit studio/classroom space" doesn't take all the space up over the main floor, allowing room for the roof top garden to surround this space on three sides.
Enhanced photo showing 2nd fire before dawn.
The fire department came out to our house 3 times: Monday morning April 15th about 6 am, Tuesday night about 11 pm, and Wednesday morning about 3 a.m.
At about 4 AM on the morning of April 15th, I was awakened by the smell of smoke, which isn't unusual since we heat our home with wood. I thought my husband was starting a fire with newspaper. I went down to check on the fire a little later and found he hadn't started a fire, and the wood stove was cold! We hadn't had a fire for 5 days or more. I called the fire department and they looked around and checked around with an infrared meter. The fire fighter with the meter said that the chimney was a little warm, but that the temperatures were far below flame temperature. They said they smelled organic odors. For the previous 5 days I had been smelling some dead animal in the house, then a dead animal plus a charring smell. I looked all over and was very upset about this smell and being unable to locate its origin.
Tuesday night about 9 pm, I thought I smelled someone burning trash. I could see no smoke or flame. Then about 11 pm, my husband saw smoke coming down through light fixtures in a converted attic room. The fire department came and put the fire out, leaving the house and our possessions soggy but largely intact. The electric company came within 15 minutes of the fire department leaving and disconnected the electricity from the house.
My husband and I found some dry bedding and loaded our pickup truck and headed uphill to a small farm building further back on our property. I was nearly asleep when I heard a twig snap, then another, then another. Then a lot of popping occurred as if a herd of animals was stomping sticks in the woods. I jumped up and looked around and saw 30 foot flames shooting from the roof of our house! It was unbelievable! I thought I was having a nightmare! We had already had a house fire once this night and the fire department came and put it out! WHY am I seeing flames again, far worse than before!!!???
My husband found my cell phone and called the fire department. The fire had rekindled. This 2nd fire did so much damage that most of our house had to be torn down. Water from fire hoses damaged the unburned portions of the house so that almost all the insulation and drywall had to be removed. The house needs to be rebuilt almost from scratch.
What caused the fire? Since we did not have fire insurance, the fire marshal did not give an official report. I have my theory. My evidence
is days of smelling a rotten animal and then smelling rotten animal and char. I know the some electric wiring was old, from the 1940's and not run through metal conduit. My theory is a squirrel bit the wire and died, but didn't trip the breaker. The carcass laid and rotted and oozed body fat onto into wood beneath. The combination of combustibles and electric current heated up enough to ignite and somehow there was enough of a draft to start a blaze.
The cause of the 2nd fire is a mystery, except that the fire department didn't get all embers extinguished.
The above photo was taken after some of the demolition, but before the basement and crawlspace were exposed. The chimney is partially down.
My daughter visited before the initial cleanup, and took some hauntingly beautiful photographs.You can view these at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lydia_comer/
These photos really tell the story of what it is like to be in a freshly burned home.
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