Although we had originally intended to use earth for the living room, our experience of the relative fragility of adobe floors in other parts of the Roundhouse changed our minds. The last thing we wanted was to be worried about our guests causing damage with high heels and scraping chairs. The decision was made to install a polished concrete floor that would stand up to heavy traffic.
After bringing in small stones and dirt, which had to be tamped down using home made concrete tampers, the complicated process of laying the stones over the huge expanse of the living room was begun.
Each stone had to be selected, chipped to fit and hammered down into the earth.
Gradually the floor was completed in sections.