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    House of many colors

    by  • November 9, 2013 • Design, Home Building

    House of many colors

    In 2000, we moved from the city to the country of California in the Sierra foothills near Bass Lake.  For five years,  I planned the decoration of my dream, a casual camp-style ranch house on a pretty steep slope. In February 2004, the building began and that August we moved into our trailer to wait...

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    Your new life and its keywords

    by  • August 24, 2011 • Design, Home Building

    House place, mountain, barn wood, waterfalls, these words describe the place we found in the mountains near Yosemite and Bass Lake. When we made the momentous decision to buy property in our favorite vacation spot, it started a whole series of changes, of mind, of lifestyle, of financial decisions and really, the meaning of...

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    Then and Now-The stamped patio

    by  • August 18, 2011 • Home Building, landscaping

    In a series of Then and Now photos, it’s satisfying to look back nostalgically to see how far we have come.  Bought in 2000, and in a completely natural area, we’ve striven to preserve the beauty of our 7 acres near the Sierra foothills of California, as we make a place for ourselves in this beautiful...

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    The rock outside the back door

    by  • May 25, 2011 • Garden, Home Building, Spring

    When we first saw our property and took the first photos there was somewhat of a circle drive that became our house pad. There was a slope of about 15 degrees, so to make the “pad” level, they bulldozer guy did what is called ‘cut and fill’.  The hill was cut into to, and...

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    Building a command post

    by  • April 12, 2011 • Design, Home Building

    Alexander Selkirk was a Scot whose adventures on an uninhabited island were reputed to be the basis for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. From ‘Verses Supposed to be Written by Alexander Selkirk’ by poet, William Cowper, are these lines: “I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute.” When we...

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