Here is another view of that grassy slope I noted in the earlier post. This image is looking to the SE, so the grassy opening in the prior photo would be to the left of this scene.
Making the assumption that we will have solved the leakage problem of Lake Marguerite, all of that bright area beyond the two green cedars will be lake water, perhaps five feet deep just there.
This will be the view from the front porch of the manse we will someday build at Roundrock. Actually, I don’t envision a front porch so much as a front patio with a sweeping view down the hillside to the blue lakewater. I will probably do a lot of trimming work to the trees around here to allow a picturesque view of the lake as well as a picturesque view of the house from the lake. Yeah, I have it all figured out.
The house I envision will be built into the hillside, much like an earth-sheltered home or an earthship. I’m not doing that deliberately because of the energy-saving qualities — though that is a bonus — but because there is so much slope just about everywhere that has a lake view, that I figure I must work with the slope rather than resist it. I don’t want to have one of those houses that rises four stories above the ground on one side simply because the ground drops away so sharply there. (Imagine cleaning the gutters at that altitude!)
In fact, the house I envision will probably only have one floor, maybe with a few steps here or there just to accomodate the vagaries of the slope. (Though in my mind I also see a tower with a spiral staircase leading to the den at the top.) The entire south side will be windows to capture the heat of the winter sun (and the trees in leaf will block the heat of the summer sun). I’ve pictured it all, down to the colors of the paint on the walls and where I will place all of the glass art I will purchase with my lottery winnings.
When it is all built and operating smoothly, I’ll have all of you out for a visit. We’ll have a good time then. But until that time, I hope my posts to this blog will suffice.