This is the first in a series of blogs about going green. Captain Grant's Bed and Breakfast has always been about saving the environment. When I set out to save this 1754 home it was a huge undertaking. Part of the basement wall collapsed. The home breathed air. One wall was ready to fall down and part of the roof blew off. I was a single woman at the time and determined to recreate the home as authentic as possible.
The home has a dry stone foundation. When one of the walls collapsed I rented house jacks to hold up the home until I could replace the wall. The home is so heavy that I had to get commercial jacks. That said, I now had tons of large flat stones to deal with. I rented a front end loader and scalloped the front lawn to make a long curving walkway. My children and I the moved the massive stones into place creating the walkway that exsists today. We used no cement or other manufactured product. I am a big believer in using what you have available. I throw away very little. I still have the biggest stones out on my tree line.
I always sit down in front of my project and study it. What can I use to accomplish my goal? Do I already have a product on hand or do I have to go to a big box store? Is there something available in an unusual place? I will write about that next time.
The next blog will be about home siding on a very old historic home.