For what I put on and in my (God's) body I'll take what I can get - the less toxins the better. And I've realized that I'll have to take what I can get with this house as well. One of my original goals - also for my body, and/or yours, and animals and plants - was that it would be made of nothing but natural materials: no paint; no stain; no treated wood; no sheetrock; no carpet; not even concrete.
And then I saw the price tag - for a granite boulder foundation and cedar window headers and iron drain pipes and... and realized that just as there would probably be no Burt's Bees hand lotion if they demanded 100% natural ingredients, there would be no Church House if I demanded 100% natural building materials. So I decided to settle for 99.4% - or thereabouts. There is still no paint, stain, sheetrock or carpet, and I see no reason there ever will be. But the pictures below from the last few weeks of work indicate places where compromises have been made. In the end most of them will be buried - and that's the way to do it. If you must employ the services of poisonous ingredients, make them the ones you never touch.
|Footings dug for the four brick columns in the Great Room.|
Not for stone boulders now, for concrete. And you'll never see it again.
|Plumbing is in! That's PVC pipe - "polyvinyl chloride."|
Anything with both vinyl AND chlorine...
well, it's good enough to haul shit, I guess.
|This is PEX pipe for water - "cross-linked polyethylene."|
Pretty. But I don't plan to drink from it.