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It is always amazing to me, that these houses used stones from the surrounding fields as the basic building material.

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quintmckown Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
What a beautiful home it must have been.  Wonder what it would take to fix it back up (other than a couple million dollars, that is).
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
lol... I think the million would work.
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RaikanEarthDragon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks soo nice :)
this might be a self answering question, but people use to live in that place eh??
you dont' have to answer it but the house looks amazing, i wish there were houses like that here where i am.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
yup... people used to live in it.  It was a farm yard, with a circular stone barn.  To me, it just all speaks of home and peace.
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RaikanEarthDragon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well i think it'd be awesome to have seen it when people lived in the house : )
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WaterStreetNorth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
I've longed to find places like this... so thank you for sharing your wonderful accomplishments.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I find that they are few, far between and disappearing 

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wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional
Beautiful! Looks very peaceful.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
thanks
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wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional
You're welcome :)
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CanadianRy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I have featured this here [link]
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Thank you very much Ryan
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CanadianRy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
You're welcome! Thank you for being an inspiration!
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dal-designs Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hate to see cool old houses like this going to pot. Especially with solid masonry walls- this house could potentially stand longer than the typical platform-framed house built today, even in the condition it is in now.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
me too, but it is quite understandable, these houses are so inefficient in this climate and quite expensive to retrofit. I have always wanted to own and live in a stone house but the realities in this climate have always prevented me from going forward.

There are though some really great examples still in use, here were I live, but especially in a town called Virden, Manitoba. I think more than half the homes n the town are stone or brick, and they are all in good condition. This particular house is in that area, and just north of the town proper in farm land. When the owners sold the land, it went to another farmer who already had a house, and so had no use for this one. So it has just been left to decay. Like you say it is sad, but unfortunately a reality of rural communities on the Prairie.
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dal-designs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why inefficient? Stone masonry typically has enough R-value and (more importantly) thermal mass to self-regulate quite well. Of course, other factors such as orientation according to sun and wind patterns and windbreaks also play a factor.

Have you ever spoke to anyone who has lived in such a house personally and found one to be very uncomfortable? My educated guess is, you wouldn't need to do a lot of modernization as far as climate control goes (utilities and interior finish, though, may be another story).
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
engineers talk a lot about thermal mass... in my experience it does not make sense because heat loss is heat loss. I know some people people who were frozen out of their house because the heat went out and they could never warm it up again that winter, they lived with family until spring. At temperatures of -40C heat loss is a major issue and the constant wind increases the losses.

I have a number of friends who have lived in stone houses over the years. In virtually ever case they have said the same thing, that the houses are not energy efficient. Many years ago, some friends of mine retrofitted a stone house to be efficient. It was a massive job. So from my perspective, the costs of keeping that mass warm in this climate and just more than is reasonable.
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liebe-sie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm... with some money and elbow grease, that could be a very livable house once again. How I wish it could be mine. Beautiful picture, these places inspire me.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I am not sure how long the house has been vacant Anna, but with enough work, it probably could be made livable again. It is very beautiful and I love the "L" shaped design. It was common on the prairies, and a porch would have been constructed in the "L". And just to make things even better... this is the south west facing side, so it would be warm in winter and beautiful on spring and fall days.
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liebe-sie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohhh, it must have been magnificent. It has always been my dream to fix up some old, beautiful farmhouse. They just have so much history and character. This one is just lovely... I can only dream though...
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
we have had the same dream I suppose. About 12 years ago, my work took me out of the city and into the country. When we were looking at houses, we checked out a number of older brick homes, some that needed work. Unfortunately there were no stone houses available at that time. In the end though, moving to a farm yard with two teenage boys was not a reality, so we settled on the edge of town. Out the back door is field, and the front is town. A compromise, but a necessary one.
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liebe-sie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I would be fine with that compromise.... as long as it's not in the 'burbs. I'm a country gal at heart.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
me too, but my boys grew up in a city because that is where I worked at the time. So they are now grown up and live in a large city, and we.. in the country.
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artbypaulfisher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning! Incredible detail, such amazing colours and great composition. I love how much sky you left in it too! Great work!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
thanks
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erene Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
We do the same in Cyprus, so when you visit the different villages, you will see that the homes are built from the village Stones. Great shot!
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I think this is more common in Europe and in North America. Perhaps that is why we North Americans find European countries so fascinating
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
That is an unusual - and very perceptive comment - if I may say so!!!
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erene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Homes built to last :)
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a lovely composition with a lovely subject. That house still looks very usable. Just needs some repairs and TLC.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
thanks for your comments and visit. There are a number of homes out here that i wish could be restored.
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No kidding.
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is really cool that they did that. I wish it were still a common practice, but we compromise the environment with our technology now. :cry:
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terrordactil Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
beautiful picture, there is a sad sweetness to it.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
yes, I feel that way too. This picture is part of a collection called "Voice of the Pioneer" that is currently on tour.

thanks for your visit and comment.
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terrordactil Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
it's a beautiful photo, did you go inside?
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Not on this trip, I was with my class, and this was part of the field trip.
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SanguineAthena Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Awesome. I love these old houses.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Me too.

thanks for the visit and comment.
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Apoem Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist
great/
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Gekiganfan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And that anyone would want to live out in that area to begin with..
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
I would, it is beautiful.
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namstrap Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Beautiful shot !
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
thanks
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nicely composed Wayne. I should tell you that some of my best friends are Canadian, though I would never let my daughter marry one!;)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
thanks peter. Oh I am going to hate myself..... WHY??? lol
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really beautiful shot! :)
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
thanks
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This must have been quite an impressive home in its day!
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