The first buildings built were the Hearth House (the kitchen) and Tea Rooms (housing).
These buildings were made from the earth, giving them their significant New Mexican beauty and design.
They both are currently in distress & dire need of repair.
Made of the Earth
Fragile and Falling Apart
Need Healthy Roofs To Keep It All Standing
Water Tight Protection is needed to stop damage.
The buildings are eroding away before our eyes.
Immediate and Significant.
Continues to be a problem.
Race with Time.
Safety and Longevity.
Both buildings are in disrepair.
New Roofing for Erosion Control
Structural Repairs for Safety.
Needs and Improvements:
New Windows and Doors
Efficent and Safe Wood Burning Stoves
Moisture and Vapor Barrior
Annual Maintenance and Sustainability
Every Home needs a Hearth,
and Hearth House is the center of life at ZMS.
Being the first structure on the land,
Hearth House is the place where we gather to prepare meals, circle around, share stories, imagine and dream, and wash up,
As lovely as she is,
she was never finished, & she is not protected from the weather.
She is suffering significant damage that will continue to get worse.
Priority to repair Hearth House has become an immediate need as we are watching her fall apart with every season.
Consideration for what to do next:
Stoping the current erosion and water damage is essential to keeping Hearth House.
We are in danger of irrepairable damage.
The current roof has many complicated parts and water-unfriendly sections. This makes for many places where water drains in damaging ways.
A remodel of the tops of existing piers to flatten the top of Hearth House and to built a NEW FLAT ROOF seems to be the best move forward to continue the longevity and sustainability of Hearth House.
The original design:
Another room mirroring the south side and a tower was never completed.
A temporary wall was built to close the north side where water is creating damage.
There are places where this needs to be fixed, sealed, or perhaps finished.
It is time to skip a thousand quick fixes, build a New Roof, and finish the North side.
R&D for plans and budgets to remodel and repair have been a constant conversation.
The real and necessary needs for working on Hearth House create other needs to make that possible. Some of which are:
Tea Rooms is the second oldest structure at ZMS.
Tea Rooms East was the first half of Tea Rooms that was built the same first summer that we built Hearth House. The second half of Tea Rooms and the Tower came the following summer.
Built with many of the same materials and techniques as Hearth House,
Tea Rooms is also experiencing several of the same erosion issues and damage caused by water.
There have been so many repairs and significant work done because we believe that Tea Rooms is worth not only worth saving, but rennovating to take her into a long future of use.
Many willing hands.
There have been so many loving people working on our buildings. Many of which were in a race to create a warm place to be for the coming cold winter at 8,000 feet. Resources, materials, and Know-How all contributed to make a quick fix in the moment. However, years later, we are now un-doing and re-doing many significant building choices that have not withstood the test of weather and time.
Hard Shell Camping:
With improper insulation, single pane windows, old thin doors, smokey stoves, leaky roof creating erosion, and a failing structural support for the Tower, Tea Rooms is currently not much more than a hard shell tent.
What to do next:
R&D for rennovating Tea Rooms & Tower is also on the table.
Essential structural repair is necessary for safety and integrity.
Roof and water catchment are just as necessary as with Hearth House.
Saving Tea Rooms from falling into further disrepair and creating a sustainable future for her is another of ZMS's top priorities.
The Studio was first built to house the first cottage industry at ZMS. Maqui, Owl, Buffy, Cassandra, and many others were a part of making a space for art, and making art as a way to support ZMS.
As folks moved along, the pottery moved away with Maqui. Years later, when Maqui passed away, he gifted ZMS with his ceramics studio. We are making a new home for this in the NEW Live/Work Space.
When the ceramics studio left ZMS, a repurposing of the Studio came into play. Floors, celings, insulation, and windo treatments created the Studio as we know it today.
The Studio is our place to gather, circle, work, play, entertain, study, heal and rest.
With the loss of Juniper House in the fire of 2017, the Studio has also been temporary housing during the cold months of winter.
The power storage for our Solar System is housed in the west end of the Studio, and the big array is just outside. Currently power for the other building sites is run from here.
As we grow, new and upgraded systems will be required to maintain the Solar System.
Therte are always thoughts and ideas as to how to grow and meet the current needs of the sanctuary. The Studio is the communities shared space, and it's uses change and grow with us.
Some of the ideas include:
The Studio is also unfinished, and needs many things to protect her from the elements.
Some of the ideas include:
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