Laying the foundation
The work in Janakpur has finally started after much unavoidable delay. Abari team just got back from laying the foundation. Below ground level, stones are dry stacked. We have very high plinth level (3 feet) and we have used little bit of cement for bonding and as moisture barrier. Dried stack foundation are used a lot in traditional construction. They are believed to absorb seismic shock, since there is room for lateral movements. Frank Llyod Wright was inspired by this kind of foundation, as used in Japan. He used them for his seismically resistant buildings.