We are building a house. Not just any house, but an 1850s-style octagon house, the kind that used to be found here and there on the Midwestern prairie. For most of the construction we use existing materials that Jim has scrounged over the years. Read on and enjoy! — Jim & Sam
Little by little we make progress. We have started to cut the stone for the floors; pink limestone squares with a border of white marble and black slate. All but the marble are from recycled materials. We have also installed the stone hitching post in front of the house, a gift from my favorite cousin. Lastly, the conservatory at the south end of the house is beginning to be assembled. It will add a spectacular small space to take in the sun in the winter months. Inside, some of the finish woodwork is going in on the rainy days. Progress is slow but consistent. Jim.