Yes, indeedy, the walls are going up. I haven't written lately for any number of reasons, but the main one was the girls being here. In the meantime, Macho Man and the gang have been really busy.
The foundations are in, the biga solera is laid, and the masons are laying block. The biga solera is a continuous, 10"x10", band of concrete over a rebar cage that is laid on top of the foundation. This goes around the whole house at the foundation level and again when the second floor is poured. There is also a biga that surrounds the house at the top of the windows and doors on both floors, and again before the roof goes on. Did I mention the house is natural disaster proof?
Building the biga solera
Now that walls are pretty much in place for the ground floor, it is easier for us to see the layout of the house.
Right through the center of the first picture below you can see a green fishing line.stretched across the house. This is the level of the second floor. Macho Man kept wondering how he kept losing his fishing line, because it would be in place one day, and gone the next.
This next picture is the solution to the mystery of the missing fishing line. Much of this nest is made with it.
So far the building is pretty much on schedule. We have had no major injuries. The workmen are great. We are blessed.