How to enclose a rock in a living room? – Stories from the Rockhouse

When anyone first enters the Rockhouse, after a moment of disbelief, they invariably ask, "How on earth did you manage to enclose a rock bluff inside a living room?!" So we decided to share what we learned from this experience in the blog, from the conceptual, practical and technical sides.   I have to say that the largest barrier we had to overcome was the problem of perception rather than technical difficulties. Before we could get anywhere with the idea of enclosing a rock inside a living room in the rainy climate of BC, we had to believe for ourselves that it was possible. I will not underestimate the importance of this first step because nothing could have been accomplished without it. This proved to be very challenging at times when everyone and everything around us seemed to suggest that it could not be done. So the next big step was to convince others of our vision. ...

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Design and Build your Own Home

There is something very visceral and satisfying to conceive, design, and to build your own home.  To me building your own home is the definition of empowerment.  A home crafted to your personality and your needs can become more than a reflection of your personality, it can be a platform that allows you to flourish.  A home can be crafted to give you that pure quiet space from the hectic world where you can meditate, contemplate, and give your creative juices the space to come out.  A home can be crafted to allow you to commune with the natural landscape around it in harmony. A hammock in our private courtyard is a personal touch from my wife who comes from Brazil.  It is a piece of home that transforms an outdoor space into an amazing vacation retreat right at home.  There is a wealth of peace and quiet that can come from a lazy summer afternoon gently swaying in the hammock with a ...

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