Clare told Ellen that she remembered the waterproofed sheetrock in the bathroom because it was the color of the Araucana eggs. These pretty light green eggs were rare, because there was only one Araucana chicken, and they seemed more valuable. So she knew the waterproof drywall was also more valuable. Here are Grandpa Dibble and Rich working together on the bathroom drywall.The bathroom is insulated to make the electric baseboard heater more effective.
Rob suggested that Ellen post a little house history. So she dug out a box of slides and used the trusty Epson 4870 scanner to get some material. This scanner was purchased for the wedding “Clare and Rob grow up” photo show and Dibble Family slide projects a couple of years ago–this history is another good project for it.
The original house was supposed to be a pottery. The posts were scavanged from the first farm building attempt at the top of the hill. The demolition caused an unfortunate accident for a friend, Bob lost his front teeth when a crosscut saw bounced back. The pottery adventure was over soon afterward and the building became the start of a new home.
The construction method was taken from an article that Grandpa Dibble shared with Dave and Ellen. Most of the house is built like a barn but the concrete slab is well insulated with a treated wood foundation that is surrounded and underlaid by styrofoam and plastic.
The first version of the house was enclosed just in time for Kristen, a niece from California, to visit for a few months. She was the first occupant of the new house.