The House That Jack Built – Rock’in

Living in a glacial dump of metamorphic rocks and boulders is a bane for both the builder and farmer.  If your are a farmer, every spring, frost pushes to the surface an never ending crop of rocks. Building in such an environment requires heavy equipment to not only excavate a basement, but also to remove uncovered boulders. Using boulders in landscaping can be a challenge also, but not so much, if you have neighbors who are willing to use their logging truck with a loader to pick up and move boulders.

Boulders were strategically placed to form a protective barrier around our well casing, and to provide a natural screen between the propane tank and our house.  Cleaning the boulders with a high powered spray, enhanced the unique colors and features of each rock. The exposed features quickly faded as the water evaporated.  To recreate the wet look, I applied one coat of concrete sealer.  A single application was just enough to enhance the color and flaws, but not so much as to give the boulders an unnatural high gloss finish.

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kietie

Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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