Water tower

Once we had our well dug, we began constructing a 9-meter/30-foot high water tower using locally harvested teak poles to get some gravity-fed water.  This turned out to be fairly challenging because each of those four upright 10-meter teak poles weigh a ton and the only cranes we had access to were birds and they didn’t […]

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The community site

Over 14 lovely hectares (~35 acres) of pristine and fertile farmland with a seasonal creek (with seasonal fish) passing through the center, in a quiet and undeveloped part of town on the outskirts of Villarreal about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the beach town of Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica’s prime tourist locations. Where our private […]

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2012 Mud Hut

Earthen structure we built in Round Valley, California within the Mendocino National Forest just before moving to Costa Rica on the winter solstice of 2012. Walking around the structure clockwise… The six round windows below are openable porthole windows. Other than the skylight and porthole windows, the rest of the windows are made of art glass and are fixed […]

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