Grandfather would like, first off, to do his best to convince young people that they can put their life, fortune and sacred honor into their life-long homestead. It’s a state of mind which was the norm as the settlers expanded West in the 19th century and can be reclaimed today. Some evidence is presented here.
“Authorities” might tell you that one cannot plan and build a house without “credentials” and that an “expert architect” and fancy plans are required. More evidence here, to the contrary:
In earlier writings, Grandfather has emphasized the importance of of keeping all entrances on grade, so he wouldn’t be “run out” of the house when he aged and could no longer navigate stairways.
The rear entrance and lower level entrances are on natural grade, but note the lengths Grandfather had to go to get the center-front entrance steps-free.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family