THE MAKING OF THE CUBE
[below] Schematic of the Cube's long-term water storage system. Gravity fed water from a series of tanks is carried to the roof tank with an auxiliary pump
[above] Completed installation of the three inter-connected 2500 liter water tanks. In the foreground a lock-box protects a hose bib.
[left] Work in progress. The three tanks are temporarily lashed to the block pad with ropes which have now been replaced with cables
Roof tank pump
Tank level gage
2015: Long-term water storage system Maintaining an adequate water supply at the Cube, though not difficult, requires a degree of awareness and forethought. A supply of water that can last months, rather than days, would eliminate much of the effort that goes into keeping the roof tank full, and would operate semi-automatically. Such a water system would not only make staying at the Cube more carefree but it would also make it possible to maintain plantings that could include bushes, trees, and flowers.
The system, which is now complete consists of 3 interconnected 2500 Liter (660 gallon) tanks situated on a cement block pad to the South of the shed. Filling takes place from the wash road where access is convenient for a large water truck . Because the tanks are connected hydraulically, water flows from the first tank to all the others so that all are filled at the same time. Water from these tanks travels by gravity via underground pipe to the compartment under the stairs of the Cube where the hot water heater is housed. Here it connects to an electric pump which propels the water up to the roof tank when it needs to be refilled. It will still be necessary to monitor the level in the roof tank and activate the roof tank pump when the tank is getting empty.
With a constant water supply available there is an opportunity to plant a garden of some kind which can be irrigated from an automatically controlled system. The lack of consistent watering while the building was vacant has jinxed all previous attempts to establish plantings and trees on the site.
[below Visualization of the Cube site with trees sustained by automatic drip irrigation
[left] Repairs to the inner surfaces of the heart and star windows. Moisture from the sea had penetrated and dissolved the plaster coating of the inside of the these windows. The solution [below] was to clad the inside surfaces with sheet metal.
2015: Scheduled repairs and completion (partial list)
1. The West side of the shed wall requires sheeting with plywood to attain maximum strength. This triangular wall extension is designed to provide extra support to the roof overhang during high winds. An ample supply of plywood scraps is stored inside the shed. The plywood will be attached to the frame with a heavy duty staple gun powered by an air compressor.
2. Roger and Angie are winter visitors to the Cube. During a recent stay they experienced some uncomfortably chilly drafts coming from the four rotating vents on the roof. Roger improvised covers made of plywood squares screwed to the ceiling. These are effective, but an operable shutter of some kind would be more convenient. The design for the shutters has yet to be completed.
1. Shed wall extension
2. temporary ceiling vent cover in need of permanent replacement
Plywood had deteriorated on the East and West ends of the porch bench and has now been replaced
IMPROVEMENTS CHECKLIST 2015/16
Updated March, 2015, red indicates completed
Pad for water storage
Large capacity water system
Replace DC water pump
Complete plywood covering of shed
Repair/re-finish shape window interiors
Shutters for ceiling rotary vents
Roof tank level gage
Repair end walls of North porch
Replace kitchen tap with smaller unit
Extend cement block pad Eastward
Lay cement block for forecourt
Steps to beach
Fire-pit and benches
Re-paint roof with reflective material
Lay cork flooring on upper floor
Revamp paint scheme upper floor