This photo shows an overview of progress on the stone stem wall as of June 12, 2007. The west wall (right side of photo against the berm), has reached to top of ground height. It will need to extend about 18" higher (above ground height), before construction of the earthen walls begin.
The western retaining wall that extends north from the circular room, still has a way to go.
The stem wall for the solar gain room on the south side of the structure (top-left in photo), will be completed last, so not to impede easy movement of stone and material needed to complete the stone work on the west side of the studio.
With the summer monsoon season on its way soon, the studio is ready to take-on the expected heavy rains!