Our construction site at Piedras Quemadas lies at the base of the Masaya Volcano. It endures deposits of sulfuric acid smoke, volcanic ash, tremors and even earthquakes. These challenging conditions have required slight modifications, but not compromises, to our design. Sulfur corrodes sheet metal roofing. In response we have chosen a rust proof volcanic pumice roof tile that is strong enough to carry a load of volcanic ash deposited by periodic erruptions. The threat of tremors has obliged us to reinforce the walls using double pressed earth block as well as reinforcing columns every six meters. The lack of sewage treatment in the area has obliged us to get creative with grey water treatment and on site waste management -- notably a two chamber composting toilet. In short, our design and the site are perfectly suited. The core home has two enclosed bedrooms, a sleeping loft and an open dining/family area which can be enclosed if the owners so choose. The open area kitchen keeps smoke and heat from entering the sleeping areas. The bathing and clothes washing area is in a separate corner of the property as is the dual chamber composting toilet. Throughout the property are garden areas for producing fruits and vegetables.
The complete package is productive, beautiful, healthy and minimizes waste or contamination. SosteNica and FUNDESONIC are in the final stages of negotiating the details of the next phase of construction.
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