Forsaken Joshua Tree hut becomes off-grid folly for stargazing

February 25, 2019 john 20 61984 13:05

When Malek Alqadi and Hillary Flur first drove down the dirt road in Joshua Tree and saw the collapsing homestead cabin surrounded by open space, they knew it was the spot to build their off-grid smart cabin. The Folly Cabin is reference to the the often useless buildings built in 19th century Europe on large…

Restoring a medieval tower house near Sparta as life project

February 18, 2019 john 20 50169 28:51

In 1984 when Kostas Zouvelos and his fiancé saw a for sale sign on a crumbling early 19th-century fortified tower on Greece’s Mani Peninsula, they decided to buy it and choose later what to do with it. Fortified towers are ubiquitous across Mani (Peloponnese) where a history of small – often just several family- settlements,…

Beauty of Dutch ruined defensive bunker turned spartan lodge

May 4, 2017 john 19 32135 21:27

Twenty years ago when Ben Spee was looking for a “special” place to live, the Foundation Forteresse was planning to turn an old Dutch fort into a B&B. Spee moved in and spent the next 15 years helping turn a 19th-Century fortress- complete with moat- into a “special” place to spend the night. In 1844,…