It starts with the foundation

 

It starts with the foundation

The first job is to break chunks of rock off boulders in the hills and bring them down to the building site by oxcart. The rock is then used to make the foundation and broken into gravel for cement.

Almost all building materials are harvested nearby:  the sand and water are brought from the nearby stream and mixed with shovels. Only the bags of cement, wood and tin for the roof, and nails are purchased (locally).