Thursday, April 10, 2014

$9000 dome house in Thailand

Here are some pictures of a pretty fascinating masonry dome design done by a guy in Thailand. They don't say where he got the round windows, and in fact in the tropics that seems like it'd be awfully susceptible to overheating, but still. I love the design.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Little not-so-old house - cheap!

Isn't this cute? And here's the kicker: it only costs about $11K - as you know, I like to pay cash for my houses, so maybe this is going to be our European foothold.

It has fruit trees!

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Lately, microhouses seem to be all the rage. Here's a cute one built on a flatbed for just $11K.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Offer accepted

We'll be closing on Tuesday if we can get all the paperwork together.

I can't say I'll miss Richmond much, honestly. It's a town with a distinct past - but that past is dead and done. I suspect a dynamic and exciting future could be started there (by someone with better people skills than I), but there are better places to do that.  Puerto Rico is a likely; it's never had what you could call an industrial economy, but the weather's pretty fantastic.

I'd say I would miss The House (and I will) but it will always be a part of me now. I memorized it so thoroughly that I can easily visualize any aspect of it.  It was impressive how well it weathered a year standing empty; they certainly built to last back then.

Anyway, this blog has been relatively moribund for the past year as I focused on building my business in Hungary, and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future. At some point I hope it will turn into my story of building another masonry house built on nineteenth-century principles, or it may feature the next house I own.

Honestly, what I'd like to do is to explore the possibilities of automated masonry and automated carpentry. So this blog may yet become exciting again!  But don't hold your breath.  That's a longer-term goal.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Back home again in Indiana

I blew into town on Thursday evening and just went by the house today (the van turned out not to have been used since August and needed a tow to the shop yesterday, and a new battery and a tire and the oil changed and then it was already time to go out to supper with various family members).  Some lovely person stole the downspout on the north side, and it's been rainy, so the basement is very wet and things smell a tad musty in the big house. The carriage house smells questionable because the toilet's trap dried out completely and it smells urine-y.  Other than that, though, one year vacancy did not affect this house at all.

I so wish I could keep it.

Still haven't heard from the potential buyer, so I think I might move back on over there and start working on things at a slow pace, see what happens.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Possible buyer

Darn it. It will be cool to have turned a profit, but ... it's like losing a child.

With luck, the full inspection will make them run screaming.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ETA at The House

I'll be returning to Indiana in the last week of June and hope to actually do some things on The House while I'm there.  Life in Budapest has been idyllic, but I'm looking forward to a little house time.