A Fireplace Mantel from Reclaimed Wood

A Fireplace Mantel from Reclaimed Wood

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson May 01, 2018

Making a fireplace mantel from a reclaimed log carries with it the problem of how to mount it so that the supporting wall will bear its weight.

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Anatomy of an Enchilada

Anatomy of an Enchilada

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson April 17, 2018

The wide variety of Mexican dishes can obscure their common underlying spice and preparation base.

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Time Travel Lunch

Time Travel Lunch

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson March 09, 2018

Hunger. Nostalgia. In Orange, California. A perfect time to stop for lunch at this old-time pharmacy.

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HVAC and Insulation

HVAC and Insulation

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson May 03, 2016

The Thoughtful House incorporates a variety of affordable strategies to save energy costs and consumption.

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The Round Door Arrives

The Round Door Arrives

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson January 07, 2016

The Thoughtful House's round door has arrived and been installed. Our video and blog celebrate round architecture.

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Cozy Soups

Cozy Soups

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson January 01, 2016

The cold weather is over, but there's still room for an occasional bowl of soup.

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Mortise-and-Tenon Timbers

Mortise-and-Tenon Timbers

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson December 14, 2015

Mortise-and-tenon timber work, one of the most ancient forms of construction, is today a specialty craft. This blog looks at the history of mortise-and-tenon construction and its use on exterior columns in The Thoughtful House.

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Framing The Thoughtful House

Framing The Thoughtful House

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson November 23, 2015

See our video and blog on the framing of The Thoughtful House and the process of framing a house.

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Car Shower

Car Shower

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson November 23, 2015

How to throw a shower for a proud new car owner, complete with car-themed food.

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Barbecue Santa Maria style

Barbecue Santa Maria style

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson October 28, 2015

Santa Maria's scrumptious grilling is California's premier barbecue style.

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Nail Party

Nail Party

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson October 28, 2015

Nails had to be extracted from reclaimed timbers to be used in constructing The Thoughtful House.

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Concrete Slabs

Concrete Slabs

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson September 22, 2015

Video of the slabs being poured for The Thoughtful House, which has a basement/slab-on-grade combo.

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Recycled Timbers

Recycled Timbers

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson September 08, 2015

The Thoughtful House will use some recycled timber from a pioneer cabin.

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The Thoughtful House’s Foundation

The Thoughtful House’s Foundation

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson September 01, 2015

Watch our video of a skilled crew building the foundation for The Thoughtful House.

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Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson August 31, 2015

Cornish pasties, a specialty of Grass Valley, CA, were introduced by Cornish gold miners.

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Excavation of The Thoughtful House

Excavation of The Thoughtful House

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson August 21, 2015

This story begins with a hole in the ground - a nasty, dirty, wet hole.

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Finding a Place to Call Home

Finding a Place to Call Home

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson July 31, 2015

It took four years to find a site for the Thoughtful House. Here's how we did it.

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Construction Party

Construction Party

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson July 20, 2015

Breaking ground for a house calls for a construction party.

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Construction begins on The Thoughtful House

Construction begins on The Thoughtful House

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson July 08, 2015

Construction begins on The Thoughtful House after four years of planning and preparation.

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