Thursday, November 18, 2010

A new resource for getting off the grid a little - or just DIY in general.

I have a new news feed to keep up with, a very interesting site called Low-Tech Magazine.  The site's purpose is to point out that things don't always need a high tech solution to accomplish a task and it uses historical references to point this out.  A neat little mechanical history lesson! 

Now, how does this pertain to would-be castle builders?  I guess it's what you make of it.  There's information on timbrel vaulting, a more efficient way to build with brick; a link turns up to that has information on how to build with stone and a host of other back to basics DIY info (a little dire, but good info), or even information on masonry stoves with their uses and design.  So, it's not directly castle related info, but it's certainly useful in adding DIY ideas to your to-do list along with maybe making your home a little more off the grid.  Worth a look!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Yep, the little one is consuming all of my free time.  All that spare time I had to peruse the web for castles and doodle my little houses with Sketchup:  *poof*.  Gone.  Now it's the never-ending chain of soiled diapers, feeding and entertaining a 4 month old with all of the inherent baby fussiness, and then scrambling to catch up on the household work that can be done while she naps.  Ah, the joys of parenthood!

Doesn't mean I haven't been giving thought to building.  We have plans to contract the sewer system this coming year.  Our permit for putting one in is only good for 2 years, so we need to get this done sooner rather than later.  Otherwise we run into the trouble and expense of having to have the approval re-done, and the potential risk of having code and environmental rules change in such a manner that we would no longer be able to build what or where we plan on the site.  This means we'll need to get a site plan done (which will help immensely in my building design effort), likely build an access road/driveway and then find someone to do the work. 

First steps are coming soon.  Wow.