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EARTH-SHELTERED HOME MOHAVE VALLEY ARIZONA

BUILDING STARTED APRIL 4,2006 ~ MOVED IN MAY 30,2008 ~ FINISHED ??

QUESTIONS? YOU CAN E-MAIL US AT undergroundcarpenter@gmail.com

**All the walls & roof are cast in place concrete**
**Roof & 3 sides will be covered in dirt**
**All windows on the South side**
**Over 1000 yards of CONCRETE**
**75 tons of REBAR**
**208'wide X 32'deep**
**6656 sq.ft. total**
**3584 sq.ft. Living**
**768 sq.ft. Garages**
**2304 sq.ft. Shop**


**WATCH HOW IT GOES UP**
July 2005
July 2005
August 2005
August 2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
2005
November 2005
November 2005
THE TEAM
THE TEAM
Dave & Mud  1/30/06
Dave & Mud 1/30/06
Dave & Mud
Dave & Mud
GUN GIRL
GUN GIRL
David &  Ralph (aka vicious guard dog)
David & Ralph (aka vicious guard dog)
THE WELL
THE WELL
Alien Water Tank
Alien Water Tank
The Dig starts 4/5/06
The Dig starts 4/5/06
The Big Picture 4/12/06
The Big Picture 4/12/06
Footing Mat
Footing Mat
Footings
Footings
Footings
Footings
Footings
Footings
Footings
Footings
I Bent These
I Bent These
Back Wall 4/21/06
Back Wall 4/21/06
Dave & Ron
Dave & Ron
East Wall of House
East Wall of House
NE Corner Wall
NE Corner Wall
West Retaining Wall Footing
West Retaining Wall Footing
NW Corner Wall
NW Corner Wall
West Retaining Wall Verticals
West Retaining Wall Verticals
West Retaining Wall
West Retaining Wall
Rebar Mat 4/27/06
Rebar Mat 4/27/06
Bending Rebar
Bending Rebar
East Retaining Wall
East Retaining Wall
East Retaining Wall
East Retaining Wall
East Retaining Wall Verticals
East Retaining Wall Verticals
East Retaining Wall footings
East Retaining Wall footings
East Wall Footings
East Wall Footings
East Wall Footings & Verticals
East Wall Footings & Verticals
East retaining wall footings
East retaining wall footings
Finally...End of East Retaining Wall footing
Finally...End of East Retaining Wall footing
First Pour 5/16/06 (1:00 AM)
First Pour 5/16/06 (1:00 AM)
Column Steel 5/20/06
Column Steel 5/20/06
Sheer wall footing
Sheer wall footing
Top of the Line Crane
"Top of the Line Crane"
Setting Column Steel 5/26/06
Setting Column Steel 5/26/06
Column Steel
Column Steel
Column Footing Mat
Column Footing Mat
Pour #2 @ 3am  6/05/06
Pour #2 @ 3am 6/05/06
Pour #2
Pour #2
The Pour CREW :-)
The Pour CREW :-)
David aka Mud Man
David aka Mud Man
Digging For Next Pour 6/05/06
Digging For Next Pour 6/05/06
THOMAS our backhoe guy
THOMAS our backhoe guy
Rebar Farm  6/23/06
Rebar Farm 6/23/06
Front footing pour  7/10/06
Front footing pour 7/10/06
Dave
Dave
Roberto
Roberto
8/07/06
8/07/06
David's buddy
David's buddy
Walls Rebar...almost done 8/19/06
Walls Rebar...almost done 8/19/06
Rebar Finished!!!!!!!   9/13/06
Rebar Finished!!!!!!! 9/13/06
Wall Forms Arrive!
Wall Forms Arrive!
Column Forms go up! 9/13/06
Column Forms go up! 9/13/06
First Wall Form!
First Wall Form!
Ready For Wall Pour..9/22/06
Ready For Wall Pour..9/22/06
Concrete Pump
Concrete Pump
First Wall Pour...9/22/06
First Wall Pour...9/22/06
Miguel
Miguel
6087 DUDLEY
6087 DUDLEY
DRIVEWAY
DRIVEWAY
9/30/06
9/30/06
RALPH
RALPH
RALPH
RALPH
East End of Building (My Shop)
East End of Building (My Shop)
THE BUILDER
THE BUILDER
Block-outs
Block-outs
10/4/06
10/4/06
10/04/06
10/04/06
Cement Pump
Cement Pump
10/10/06
10/10/06
10/28/06
10/28/06
Brandon
Brandon
Russ
Russ
Miguel & Arnie
Miguel & Arnie
11/15/06
11/15/06
David & Lee
David & Lee
New Finish Guy
New Finish Guy
Brundage-Bone
Brundage-Bone
DUDLEY DUNES
DUDLEY DUNES
11/19/06
11/19/06
11/20/06  LAST HOUSE WALL POUR!!
11/20/06 LAST HOUSE WALL POUR!!
11/23/06
11/23/06
West Retaining Wall Rebar
West Retaining Wall Rebar
11/25/06
11/25/06
11/29/06
11/29/06
12/04/06
12/04/06
Ready for Pour
Ready for Pour
12/9/06
12/9/06
West Retaining Wall
West Retaining Wall
West Retaining Wall Finished!!
West Retaining Wall Finished!!
East Retaining Wall..ready to pour
East Retaining Wall..ready to pour
FINAL WALL POUR!!!
FINAL WALL POUR!!!
12/29/06
12/29/06
FINAL WALL DONE!!!
FINAL WALL DONE!!!
NEIGHBOR...:-)
NEIGHBOR...:-)
1/26/07
1/26/07
1/26/07
1/26/07
DAVID & DAVE from ATLAS
DAVID & DAVE from ATLAS
Shoring from ATLAS arrives 2/22
Shoring from ATLAS arrives 2/22
Shoring for Roof Pour
Shoring for Roof Pour
First SHORING TOWER 2/22/07
First SHORING TOWER 2/22/07
SHORING TOWERS DONE 2/24/07
SHORING TOWERS DONE 2/24/07
A VERY HAPPY DAVID
A VERY HAPPY DAVID
NEXT...the 4X4s go up
NEXT...the 4X4s go up
Up, Up and Away
Up, Up and Away
Go SUN BLAZE
Go "SUN BLAZE"
Jason's dangling feet
Jason's dangling feet
4x4s Loaded & Placed 02/25/07
4x4s Loaded & Placed 02/25/07
Loading the plywood sheets
Loading the plywood sheets
Front to Back
Front to Back
End to End
End to End
Slammin sheets..... :-)
Slammin sheets..... :-)
Paul, Gustavo and Brian
Paul, Gustavo and Brian
Rebar being loaded
Rebar being loaded
ROD BUSTERS
ROD BUSTERS
DUANE
DUANE
Rebar and Electrical Conduit
Rebar and Electrical Conduit
HAMMIN IT UP
HAMMIN IT UP
Bill
Bill
Loading the long bars
Loading the long bars
Finishing the rebar
Finishing the rebar
1 AM ROOF POUR 3/15/07
1 AM ROOF POUR 3/15/07
Lee & Roger
Lee & Roger
Rob
Rob
Brian & Jason
Brian & Jason
ROOF
ROOF
Roof Dirt
Roof Dirt
More Roof Dirt
More Roof Dirt
Shoring Comes Down...
Shoring Comes Down...
Our Ceiling......
Our Ceiling......
Shoring goes back to Vegas  Yeah!!
Shoring goes back to Vegas Yeah!!
April 2007
April 2007
Now we need a floor.......
Now we need a floor.......
Styrofoam Arrives
Styrofoam Arrives
Thomas unloading
Thomas unloading
Styrofoam for Insulation over waterproofing
Styrofoam for Insulation over waterproofing
Manuel & Jorge rolling primer 4/15/07
Manuel & Jorge rolling primer 4/15/07
Giant toilet paper roll..ha ha
Giant toilet paper roll..ha ha
Applying Waterproofing Membrane
Applying Waterproofing Membrane
Waterproofing Membrane
Waterproofing Membrane
Styrofoam over Membrane
Styrofoam over Membrane
Styrofoam & Dirt half way up
Styrofoam & Dirt half way up
Dale Backfilling
Dale Backfilling
John Backfilling
John Backfilling
John & his loader
John & his loader
West Retaining Wall Backfilled
West Retaining Wall Backfilled
Placing Membrane on Roof
Placing Membrane on Roof
Styrofoam over Membrane
Styrofoam over Membrane
Boots
Boots
Boot Man
Boot Man
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
Dirt goes on Roof....finally
Dirt goes on Roof....finally
TeleBelt spitting out our Roof...
TeleBelt spitting out our Roof...
Loading the Big Hopper
Loading the Big Hopper
Charlie and JR
Charlie and JR
Our busy loaders
Our busy loaders
ROOF...
ROOF...
Plumbing starts..
Plumbing starts..
Go Hacking Plumbing!!!
Go Hacking Plumbing!!!
Asses and Elbows...:-)
Asses and Elbows...:-)
With curb......
With curb......
Under 3 feet of Dirt
Under 3 feet of Dirt
Ground Plumbing
Ground Plumbing
Trying to escape....
Trying to escape....
Gopher snake that came to visit and stayed awhile...
Gopher snake that came to visit and stayed awhile...
Water Tank Base
Water Tank Base
Tamped floor
Tamped floor
Sunken Shower Floor
Sunken Shower Floor
Styrofoam & Rebar
Styrofoam & Rebar
Go SelectBuild!!!
Go SelectBuild!!!
FLOOR POUR 6/24
FLOOR POUR 6/24
Lee
Lee
Mario...love the hat
Mario...love the hat
Miguel
Miguel
Swirls.....(:-)
Swirls.....(:-)
SCORPION
SCORPION
WALKING STICK
WALKING STICK
SELECT BUILD Art, Jesus, Roberto
SELECT BUILD Art, Jesus, Roberto
Finishing Garage Floor
Finishing Garage Floor
Drywall
Drywall
Drywall into rooms
Drywall into rooms
Steel Studs start...
Steel Studs start...
Rooms....at last (:-)
Rooms....at last (:-)
A/C starts
A/C starts
Hallway
Hallway
A/C
A/C
Master shower
Master shower
Studs on Front of House
Studs on Front of House
Our Front Doorway July 2007
Our Front Doorway July 2007
Steel Studs on Front
Steel Studs on Front
Gary & Jim.. Electricity at its best
Gary & Jim.. Electricity at its best
Jim
Jim
Kenny...
Kenny...
The front 8/23
The front 8/23
The front 8/29
The front 8/29
Drywall going up.......
Drywall going up.......
My Honey
My Honey
Ralph wash tub
Ralph wash tub
Drywall & Taping....
Drywall & Taping....
Light Shelf
Light Shelf
Master Shower
Master Shower
Cool bullnose corners
Cool bullnose corners
Kitchen
Kitchen
Dave our taper
Dave our taper
Slowly but surely we are getting there.....
Slowly but surely we are getting there.....
First window installed..
First window installed..
Yellow Densglass
Yellow "Densglass"
Styrofoam
Styrofoam
Lath crew
Lath crew
Eddie
Eddie
Juan
Juan
Stucco Brown-Coat
Stucco Brown-Coat
CURTIS
CURTIS
KENNY
KENNY
PAINTER DAVE
PAINTER DAVE
Painted  Nov. 07
Painted Nov. 07
Hallway
Hallway
Back of Spray Booth in Shop
Back of Spray Booth in Shop
Our new guest...
Our new guest...
Western Big Eared Bat
Western Big Eared Bat
Our Border Patrol
Our Border Patrol
Stucco crew  JANUARY 2008
Stucco crew JANUARY 2008
Stucco done
Stucco done
A/C Units Set... January 2008
A/C Units Set... January 2008
Coast Garage Doors
Coast Garage Doors
Greetings Earthlings
Greetings Earthlings
Sunrise
Sunrise
Curb for Ralph's run
Curb for Ralph's run
CHECKIN IT OUT
CHECKIN IT OUT
Coyote proof cage for Ralph
Coyote proof cage for Ralph
RALPH'S YARD
RALPH'S YARD
Ralph's enclosure
Ralph's enclosure
Painting the West Retaining Wall
Painting the West Retaining Wall
David pulling the tape off
David pulling the tape off
THOMAS
THOMAS
West side
West side
East side
East side
Tile start 3/17/08
Tile start 3/17/08
Patrick and Joe
Patrick and Joe
PATRICK cutting tile
PATRICK cutting tile
CABINETS in kitchen
CABINETS in kitchen
DESK
DESK
KENNY setting cabinets
KENNY setting cabinets
Power/water trench
Power/water trench
Widening driveway
Widening driveway
John moving the Connex
John moving the Connex
MotherEarth arrives..Justin & Steve
MotherEarth arrives..Justin & Steve
Templates for Granite
Templates for Granite
Master Shower
Master Shower
Master Shower Floor
Master Shower Floor
RUDY from Rughut
RUDY from Rughut
Grouted
Grouted
Guest Bath
Guest Bath
Pantry shelves
Pantry shelves
Utility room
Utility room
LARRY from SCHILLING
LARRY from SCHILLING
LEON from SCHILLING
LEON from SCHILLING
Granite floor
Granite floor
Richard and David drilling holes
Richard and David drilling holes
Holes for Fixtures
Holes for Fixtures
Kitchen Granite
Kitchen Granite
Guest Bath
Guest Bath
Shop Bath
Shop Bath
Mike
Mike
Bill
Bill
Jim and Bill plumbing Water Tank
Jim and Bill plumbing Water Tank
Water Tank electrical
Water Tank electrical
Living in Style ;-)
Living in Style ;-)
FRANK.jpg
FRANK.jpg
JOE
JOE
TOM
TOM
planting trees 2
planting trees 2
planting trees
planting trees