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What is Keene Castle?
Keene Castle originally started off as just a dream home to live in.  But along the way it became much more than that.  It became a source of inspiration, not just for achieving one's goals in life but also to teach the world about alternative energy and alternative building.
Goals of Keene Castle Project
  • An inspiration to others that you really can achieve your dreams
  • A demonstration of green building and alternative energy
  • A place where kids can learn that science is fun and interesting
  • A beautiful home for my prince & princesses
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Castle Construction Progress in 2016

What was accomplished in the 2016 building season:

Finished filling terraces
More road work
House design mostly done
Septic design done
Got permits
All brush & dirt removed from ledge where footings are going
Footing lines marked on ledge
Blasting on cliff for staircase
Footings finished for round turrets on front & staircase
More brush removed from parking area

This is the 20 acre lot plan showing the road I built from the town road.

Satellite pic of the 1100' road I built.

I blasted in July '16 to make space for a stairwell on the lower level.

My design of how the castle will look on the cliff.

Footings and foundation design from my structural engineer.

First floor plan

Second floor plan.

My architect took my drawing amd made this one.

I am modeling the entrance after Le Château de Vigny in France. I used Photoshop to remove one of the stories.

Design of the front of the castle.

Here you can see the lines I panted on the ledge to mark the positions of the footings.

This shot shows the plan to sacle with the actual build site. You can see the footing lines marked on the cliff.

It took a lot of trial and error to come up with a system of forms that would work for a round turret being built on a granite slope.

Rebar placed for the stairwell turret footing.

The left entrance turret footing

The right entrance turret footing.

Finished the '16 build season with 3 round turret footings done. These are the hardest of the footings.

My architect took my drawings and did a rendering of the inside of the living room. The view through the windows is the actual view.
Progress in 2015: Back Filled the Two Terraces

Over Columbus Day weekend I finally back-filled the lower terrace. There was just no good way to do this so I resorted to sheer brute force and determination.  The only solution I could come up with was to fill the wheel borrow with my excavator and fill the terrace one wheel borrow load at a time!

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This is my John Deere 190. My wife refers to it as "the other woman."

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Finally finished after 3 days of back breaking work. Every muscle in my body was sore. Thank God for Ibuprofen!

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Stay hungry, Stay foolish

"The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them."
-Henry David Thoreau

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition… Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
-Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005

Lance Keene
If you have a dream, a burning desire to accomplish something great in life, then go for it! Don't believe the rest of the world when they tell you it can't be done. You may not have all the answers but you will find them if your goal is clear and your desire is unwavering. Believe in yourself! Yes you can build your "castle"!
- Lance Keene

Dream no small dreams for these have no power to move the hearts of men.

The economy is turning around. Think big, don't cut corners and plan for the long term.  We are at the beginning of the next major economic boom period.  The processes we put into place this year will pay dividends for the rest of your life. The future is bright! Seize the moment! -Lance Keene
Lance Keene
Keene Systems, Inc.