Chronicles of the Design & Construction of Two Waterfront Hurricane Proof Dry Stack Modular Green Custom Homes
1. Villa Lagoon, Wilder Italian Style Home
2. Nasello Italian Style Home

Fifth Course of Modular Green Dry Stack Stone Blocks

First & Second Week of October, 2007

Grouting the seams in the dry stack blocks.
The concrete acid stained floors of the basement when dry. The basement floor after a rain.

The first floor is a basement floor that is designed to keep out water in the event of high water in a storm. It has no windows nor doors. Because of this, right now if it rains, this area fills with water like a swimming pool. We have not had much rain but in the middle of this drought we have had a huge rainy-spell and we are having to pump out the accumulated water. We have had to use a small sump pump running for a long time to empty the area. This has been a good test of the water-tightness of our grout. You can see the top of a white plastic bucket sticking out of the slab where the sump pump is located. The slab has this recessed area just for such a purpose.

Our first pour of concrete back-fill. Beautiful weather. At one time, Dan thought about using the LinkBelt crane and a concrete bucket to take the fill mix to the perimeter of the house. Later they figured that it would be really messy and time consuming so a pump truck was called over from Mobile. The pump truck had a huge length and reach.

Back-fill concrete for the DAC-ART blocks.
Loading the concrete pump truck. The concrete delivery man.
The concrete pump truck. The concrete pumper had a long reach.
The garage area of the house.

The garage area will get a slab, poured later on, that uses the exterior walls as forms.

It was so nice to see our friendly osprey back on his favorite dead tree overlooking Little Lagoon.

The two photos below show the cardboard tubes that were set on poured footings to make columns to help support the porch slab.

Little Lagoon osprey next door to the building site.
Positioning the cardboard tubes for columns. Filling the tubes for concrete columns to support the slab.

3rd Week October - Going on up with the third, and fourth rows of DAC-ART blocks. This is a view from the south west corner. This is the corner of the porch that looks towards the water.

South-west corner of the porch.

We had a few days with dark, threatening clouds and sunny weather. We kept expecting a storm but it didn't happen for a week or two.

Link Belt 22 ton crane. October day on Little Lagoon.
Photo of DAC-ART basement walls. Photo of fourth and fifth courses of blocks.

Our guys have been so good about keeping the grounds clean. Other than lunch trash, dull saw blades the majority of our waste has been cut chunks of concrete from blocks that have been cut for corners and odd lengths. I have told them that I want to make them some chocolate chip cookies as a thank you for their neatness efforts.

Custom cuts on dry stack blocks. A DAC-ART block cut for special placement.

I walked up at night to see this block that had been cut in such a way that from above, it looked like a plane of concrete was floating above the one on the ground.

Stacking the fourth and fifth rows of modular concrete blocks. October photos of south facing porch on this strong, hurricane proof house.
Modular concrete block green building system.

This above ground basement is starting to look like a grounded barge. When everything is finished, I can plant a fig vine or some decorative vine on these walls to soften the look. The area between the two buildings will be like a courtyard area and might be nice covered with pavers or gravel. I do like the sound of the crunch of gravel.

ACP Evoba Wood Ceiling System

We are excited to learn that Acoustical Ceiling Products, the manufacturers of ACP--Evoba Wood Ceiling System want to partner with us and let us install their beautiful coffered wood ceiling system in Villa Lagoon.  This product has an old world look that is perfect for this project. We are interested in using the natural wood finish in some locations and a light wood, whitewashed for brightness in the main living / kitchen area.