HOUSE THE MOONROSE

$43,945 of $86k goal

Raised by 66 people in 40 months
Cindy Moonrose  NASHVILLE, TN
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.

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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.


Cindy writes:

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.





SEE THE UPDATES SECTION ON THIS CAMPAIGN FOR GOODIES WE ARE OFFERING AT CERTAIN DONATION LEVELS!
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Update 24
Posted by Cindy Moonrose
21 months ago
ROOF RAISING LIVE MUSIC & DANCE FUNdraiser!!!

Your donation of $20 or more on this "GO FUND ME" site gets you an event admission ticket which comes with 3 tokens to exchange for your choice of food, drink, gift items.

Saturday March 28 2015 6 pm until 11 pm
2 bands! Silent Auction!
Old School Farm 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike 37218

*Food and Beverage available 6 - 10:30pm
*7:30 - 9 pm Square Dance with The Bells Bend String Band with Rachel Stubbs calling
*9:30 - 11pm Rock out with Jeff Poppen and Loose Change

Check out the Face Book Group HOUSE THE MOON ROSE for more details, other photos, conversation and link to sign up to be an event volunteer (b4 the 28th and day of )!

***Donate here and your name will be on a list for admission at the door at Old School Farm. ****

Come anytime during the event. See you there! Thanks!
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Update 23
Posted by Cindy Moonrose
21 months ago
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!
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Update 22
Posted by Cindy Moonrose
23 months ago
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.
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Update 21
Posted by Cindy Moonrose
23 months ago
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
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I am offering a complimentary 45 minute professional career counseling session if you donate $50.00 or more!!!!

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$43,945 of $86k goal

Raised by 66 people in 40 months
Created August 05, 2013
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I may or may not be able to make it out on Saturday, but if not I still wanna send some green love. Thanks for the garlic and lily bulbs!

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