Winter travels 2013: Mostly a look inside Ken (The Builder’s) Mind

by admin | 12th January 2013

Note, this is up the road about 1/2 mile, it’s our neighbors access to their place.

I have been really loving time here in Idaho and seeing new improvements on the property.  We now have a scenic trail down to the creek finished, and we began  another one that goes to the new waterfall. The new bridge across the creek is in progress. Last spring a bridge up stream washed out and the original bridge on my property, (built around the turn of the century) is now a mile downstream. Here’s a picture of the wash out:After the wash out







Shay by the site for the new bridge.




Above: Temporary water pipe until new bridge is complete   To the left: My daughter Shay make a winter treck to the creek.  New bridge underconstruction behind her .


I am enjoying the proces of designing a multi purpose structure up in the garden. The site has been leveled and I have most of the footings in for a 20 circular structure which originally was conceived as a yurt.  It is evolvoling in my mind and I am sharing this process with others (including you kind reader) So I look forward to your feedback.  Shay  and my son in law Rob have already helped me “tweek” my vision which will require more extensive changes in the model.

Breaking ground

Soil from the old pig pens

Now a few pictures of the site for the “yurt” and the beginning of the model we are working on. (Yes, the “we” includes “you” so please feel free to comment, suggest or ask questions.)

It’s Wintertime now and now I am playing with a model, in advance I will say that the finished structure has deviated from what you could call a yurt, but if you know me, one of my mottos is:  “Why do it the simple way when you can build something really weird.”

the sitegood soil

Note the cable running around the perimeter – a structural necessity.

Good topsoil moves to the garden, a building site is born.



I added the roof so all my readers will know what a standard tapered wall yurt looks like. I will also add a link to a finished one I saw on Pinterest. Be forewarned, I have already decided that is too normal for me!

Source: via Ken on Pinterest


Next, a pictorial of model modifications

Let the evolution begin!

7 Responses to “Winter travels 2013: Mostly a look inside Ken (The Builder’s) Mind”

  1. Bonnie

    Jan 12th, 2013 :

    I love it! Ever consider an “edible” roof of herbs, veggies, etc? What a great house!

  2. Ralph

    Jan 12th, 2013 :

    Yipee, it could be the first in a menagerie of overgrown (or is that overgroan?) chia pets!

  3. Rhianna

    Jan 12th, 2013 :

    I do really like that yurt you pinned. Will you do vegetation on top like in this one?

    You have been so busy over there. 🙂

  4. Evelyn

    Jan 12th, 2013 :

    Wonderful seeing and reading how the creative juices are flowing. Looking forward to seeing your version of a yurt!

  5. Captain Ken

    Jan 12th, 2013 :

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! As you will see in the next series of pictures this one will not lend itself to growing dinner on the roof. (The garden is right outside the door however) (And the greenhouse is right next door)
    In the future I see something like the yurt pictured built into the hillside on the West side of the property. I will start a sign up sheet for that project when this one is near completion. 🙂

  6. Brigitte Cerfontaine

    Jan 12th, 2013 :


  7. Diana

    Jan 15th, 2013 :

    Hi Good Builder Man!

    Since this is a multi-purpose builder I guess that means drumming too? How about a sky window or two so the moon can shine in? looks like a fun building.

    Jack and I in Nevada now escaping the cold winter and looking for the elusive moon rock meteorite.

    Love, D.

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