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                      EARLY HOUSE PHOTOS
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House from down ridge
This is a picture of the old plywood cabin, when it was covered with nylon-cement and incorporated into the larger structure of the house.  When the plywood roof rotted, I removed it and built a cement dome room over the entire remaining structure, leaving the original walls and raised floor. 
This is my favorite fishnet.  It has small holes and can be plastered fairly easily up in the air.  With larger mesh fishnet, the cement falls through the holes. 
This is my original plywood cabin.  It was 12 by 16 feet,.  I prefabricated it where I was living at the time in Ensenada and with a little bit of help from my friends put it up in about a week.  The window shutters hinged upward like awnings, and were held by  prop sticks.   Being raised on posts, I had storage for materials underneath. 
This is a view of the interior of the upstairs bedroom.  The outside has been plastered and the rebar is still exposed on the inside. 
This picture shows part of the rope and pully system I used to raise buckets of dirt from the bottom of the vertical shaft in my livingroom.  The shaft is 30 ft. deep.  I dug about 5 or 6 feet,  putting "rocks" where I needed them for climbing, plastered it, and continued digging the next section.  The horrizontal part of the tunnel was also dug and plastered in sections.  
Since we have hurricanes in Puerto Rico, I needed a hurricane shelter.  It was a small ferro-cement room where I was first inspired to use nylon-cement to line a storage hole in the ground.  Since the whole house is now hurricane-proof (knock on cement), I use the original hurricane shelter as a storage room. 
This is a view from inside the cabin.  I had floor-to-ceiling storage on all the walls, and my bed in an overhead loft.  There was a skylight for rainy days.  I had gas lights in my first years.  It was small, but everything was handy.