Buildings: The House of Earth & Light
The House of Earth and Light
Above a natural wash
Framework for Stem Walls
The mechanicals for the entire structure are framed within the walls. September 23, 1998.
Salvaged from Phoenix, Arizona downtown Ballpark construction project, and cut to size. Total cost: $300.
Underground Air Conditioning System
In place before the floor is poured.
Foundation Slab is Poured
Workers prep bridge decking for upcoming pour of living room floor.
Forms shape interior floors and steps.
Setting the Beam
Living room spanning the natural desert wash.
Living Room Under Construction
Another view of the home site, spanning a natural desert wash.
Wood Forms in Place
The walls were shaped by earthen mix poured into wood forms.
Pouring the Earthen Mix
View inside the wall shows rebar support for bond beam.
The Wall is Revealed
The color will lighten as it drys.
The room begins to take shape.
Another View of the Walls
Looking down from above
Taking a moment to enjoy progress made on the construction of his home
Computer rendering: Nathan Koran
The entire roof was built from initial concept to finished product based on this image.
Roof Trusses Under Construction
Foreground: roof truss on workshop floor, fresh off the jig, weighs 825 pounds. Background: a second truss nears completion.
Truss Positioned on Roof
Workman guides the truss as it is lowered into position by crane
Roof Trusses Into Position
Apex of Roof Truss
Roof Truss Close Up
View from another angle
South End of Truss
North End of Truss
In position, prior to final paint detailing
Metal Roof Trusses
Interior view of the roof trusses, as The House of Earth and Light takes shape.
HGTV Film Crew on Site
HGTV featured The House of Earth and Light on episode 608 of the Dreambuilders series.
Shadows cast by the workmen above hint at the unique translucent beauty of the roof.
Setting the truss into position as fabric roof is attached. Photo: Doug Hoeschler.
Workers Align Fabric Roof Panels
Fabric Roof Attached to Trusses
The House of Earth and Light casts a shadow on the Workshop Studio before it is painted and sealed. Photo used with permission.
Truss Engineering Detail View
Metal roof trusses with fabric roof panels installed. Photo: Bill Timmerman.
Overhanging roof panels form eaves
Interior view. Photo: Bill Timmerman.
Photos: Gerry McCue, Patrick McCue unless noted