Wednesday, August 20, 2008

GRASS HOUSE


I was visiting LLL's blog the other day and I ended up on one of her friend's blogs. He was talking about working on a tree house. I just saw a documentary on a couple that built this incredible tree house, complete with flat panel TV's and a number of other modern conveniences. It was very beautiful.
Anyhow, this got me to thinking about this grass house I saw once. My daughter and I were camping with about 7 other families in Northern Michigan. On one of the roads we frequented we saw this grass house. It was similar to the picture I have posted in that there was a doorway. And a window or two. But this house was more of a rounded mound with long grass on top and a couple of lawn chairs. We kind of laughed about it because it was so unusual and of course, those two lawn chairs.....
We decided to get a closer look and pulled onto the side street. I don't know what came over me but I just had to see the inside. I told my friends that I was going to see if the owner would let me in. Against their protests, I jumped out of the car, my young daughter following behind, and went up and knocked on the door. A man answered the door, his German Shepherd right beside him. I brashly asked if we could see inside his house. Surprisingly, he opened the door and let us in. I only was nervous for a few seconds when I noticed the shot gun leaning against the door jam. Or when the German Shepherd came to investigate.
You guys, I wish I had had a camera. Inside this funny mound of grass covered dirt was a beautiful house. Turning right from a very small vestibule area was this huuuuggggeee room with a domed ceiling. To the right was the most gigantic, fabulous stone fireplace that you could ever imagine. Circling to the left, we could see into the dining and kitchen areas. Left of that were the leather bound chairs and couch. The owner was gracious enough to answer my many questions. It turns out that this was the second grass house that he had built. The insulation aspects were what led him to build a grass house. He was congenial and kind, hosting these inquisitive strangers.
I thanked him for his time and returned to my waiting friends...the looks on their faces said it all. "We can't take her anywhere!" LOL But this is one time that I was glad my curiosity overtook my common sense. I will never forget this tiny adventure!
Here is a link to a tree house in progress: http://whateverisnew.blogspot.com/
Image taken from here.

8 comments:

Pat said...

I admire your chutzpah (nerve), can't say that I would have been as brave, and look what I would have missed. Just curious, what were the walls made of, compacted dirt or some other material?

Jada's Gigi said...

Very cool! and like Pat, I admire your chutzpah :) Not sure I could have done that.

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi,
Thanks for visiting my blog the other day. I've been reading up on your earlier posts and am enjoying getting to know you more.

My daughter and I are still dreaming of building the "ultimate treehouse" someday. I would have loved being with you on this grass house adventure -- I'm sure the bedrooms would have been lovely. Too bad you couldn't take pics.

David said...

Kaymac,

I remember years ago when my dad was still a working engineer. He had an idea to build an underground house. Nothing ever came of it but there are quite a few around. The insulation and energy saving benefits are well documented. I have often dreamed of an underground house myself...but probably because sometimes I can be a snake.

LOL. just kidding. It does have its benefits though. Thanks for the story. Dav.

Margie said...

very cool, I would have done that too... I don't like to judge books by their covers...

Becky said...

like it!

Tom Harry said...

amazing... I can just imagine how amazing this grass house is. I'd bet being in the house felt like stepping right into a story-book. ^_^

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