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VIRTUAL PHOTO TOUR IV

Building a Hogan/Greenhouse/Spa/Solarium - Gardens - and a Kiva Firepit


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Hogans

In New Mexico, traditional Navajo Hogans are male or female. A male Hogan is smaller, has six sides, and is used for ceremonies and purification, while a female Hogan has eight sides and is where the family lives and is nurtured. The door of a Hogan faces east to meet the rising sun.

Our Hogan had eight sides, with the east door centered to meet the rising sun at spring and fall equinox. There were large windows on all eight sides to take in the expansive views. We had to leave everything when our well ran dry in 2009 and moved back to the San Juan Islands the end of May 2010 to start all over again!


The Building of a Hogan

“We will not know unless we begin”

Peter Nivio Zarlenga

   The Building Site                                    Starting the Foundation       


   Floor Stringers and Joists                                Framing the Walls        


   More Wall Framing                                       Framing the Clerestory        


Clerestory Interior View                                   Outside Walls Framed       


          Inside Framing and Fireplace               Bathroom, Storeroom & Bedroom Walls       


   Entry and Insulation                                    Sheetrock in Living Room        


   Dining and Entry Niche                                         Building the Fireplace       


   Fireplace and Back Walls                                   Northside Windows       


   Fireplace Painted                                      Fireplace Kitty Tile        


         Kitchen South Side                            The First Fire and Painted Poles       



   Finished Entry and Floors                                      Kitchen Cabnets        


   Bathroom Cabnets                                       Bathroom Finished       


   Office & Laundry Doors                                      Kitchen Cabnets        


            Kitchen Finished                                        Kitchen and Dining Area        


  Finished Fireplace Area                                             Pole Corbel       

 Fireplace





Finishing The Outside

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after
you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

Newt Gingrich


Tar Paper                                             Cement Coat        


         Stucco Coat                                             Porch and Deck Started       


  Landbridge Entry                                Lower Deck Beginning       


      View From the Porch                                    New Mexico Prayer Flags       



Inclosing the porch and Adding A Greenhouse/Spa/Solarium/Botanical Garden

“Every time we say, "Let there be!" in any form, something happens.”

Stella Terrill Mann


      Framing the greenhouse                                   Inside view of framing       


      Inclosing the porch                                  Entry to porch and greenhouse       


    East view and porch entry                              Porch and north door       


    East view                                    Inside greenhouse       


    Inside view                                  Spa skylight       


    Hydroponic lettuce                               East window with shelf tiled       




New Gardens

“You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.”

Native American Wisdom


   Garden View East                                         Purple NM Aster       


   Trinket Garden                                       Perennial Garden       


  Herbs and Perennials                                      Red Oak Tree        


   Garden Gate                                                Coyote Fence & View North       


      Rhubarb Garden                                          Gardens and Coyote Fence       


    Plants on the Porch                                Greenzbox Spring Planting        


Greenzbox in September                                   Temporary Bird Bath       


The Fish Pond                                        Retaining Wall       


  Fish Pond                                                   Chipmunk Rocks       


  Newly Planted Garden                                  Rock Squirrel       


  Happy Little Chipmunk  

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Robert A. Heinlein



Building a Kiva Firepit

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

Mahatma Ghandi



   Digging the Hole                                         Cementing Rocks       



   Setting the Steps                                         Finished Steps       



   Finished Entrance to Firepit                                         Finished Firepit       






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