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That's the big question everyione keeps asking me.
This is my latest big project, rebuilding a colonial cape from 1800. During the war of 1812, it had the dubious distinction of being hit by grapeshot from a British battleship out in the bay. Nobody is sure whether it was errant ordinance durting a battle with John Paul Jones off of Castine, or whether it was good old boys have fun.
This place will look considerably diferent when I'm finished with it. ( It actually looks pretty different already with out the foundation under it)
I'm adding two wing additions and restoring the main structure.
I'll have a job controling water. In footings a photo, you can see the unique soil bed. The base in a hard clay that is nearly impervious to water with about three feet of gravel over it. Water runs off the hill behind through the gravel to the top of the clay and runs right out like an open faucet.
I'm using Certanteed's Formadrain along with about 24 yards of stone.
Andy C - you oughta enjoy this old beast too. I'll sort through some other photos for a couple interior shots later.
Excellence is its own reward!
Edited 11/1/2003 9:50:05 PM ET by piffin
We did the best we could...