Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A fellow Sketch-upper and cement caster

Found this blog while digging through the Google analysis for this site. One of the referred sites was this Centerstone, so I paid it a visit. Seems the author is a fellow "Sketch-upper" and is also doing something I definitely plan on doing: Making cement molds for decorative "stonework". Check it out, looks pretty interesting and you can learn something.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A bit on the pricey side

Submitted the design to an architect/designer, and discovered that the price will be in the vicinity of $500,000 and upwards for building. That's not going to work; way, way too high. Of course this assumes contract labor, ashlar stone facade, etc... So one could reasonably cut a chunk of the cost of labor off of the price and soem of the materials, but all the same, even after that it might be too high. We'll have to see how much a basic CMU design will cost, with us doing everything else. If we can't get it down to a more reasonable price, I might have to strike my own site from the rolls!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Unknown Adirondack owner built castle for sale?

A reader stopped by and commented that she'd found this castle online for sale. It looks like a great deal of the external structure has already been done, though the fate of the castle could go either way at this stage, ruin or Camelot. Looks like a lot of those castles in various stages of disrepair scattered around Western European countries. Maybe someone will rescue it? I'll contact the agent when I have some time and see if there's any additional information on the project.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the comment, Janet!

UPDATE: I wrote to the real estate agency via the website and have not received a response. Sorry folks. If I do get a response, I'll be sure to post it.