February 10, 2007

The House that Ken Built

Posted in family, stories at 5:40 pm by jimazing

My brother, Ken, built a miniature mansion for our mom. That is no exaggeration. He started with one of the standard floor plans that his company, Jessco, builds and then upgraded it to the max. The extras and the details he put into it are beyond anything that she could have imagined. She said, “I am going to be living in luxury the rest of my life!”

  • Nine foot ceilings
  • 6 foot tall windows
  • Decorative Concrete all the way around the house
  • Landscaping Upgrades
  • Crown Molding everywhere
  • Chair rail molding in every room
  • Privacy fence
  • The prettiest patio you ever saw made with decorative concrete with a curved edge.
  • much more…

As I was walking through the house last weekend, I thought about the 80/20 rule… you know, you get 80% of the benefit with 20% effort. But if you want to get that last 20% benefit, it will take 80% effort. I believe mom’s house is what you get when you give 100%. Please take a look at the photo slide show of the house, and check out the video.

Thanks Ken.


  1. Paul said,

    You’re right; all the little details make the difference! You can practically see the love in all of them here.

  2. Stacye said,

    I cannot think of a more deserving woman to have that beautiful house. She must have done a wonderful job to have raised such generous boys! Thanks, Ken for putting all the upgrades for her.

  3. John said,

    That’s so cool, Jim.

  4. Bill Groff said,

    A great home for a great lady who raised two great sons. God Bless.

  5. Linda Rouse said,

    Thanks Cuz! My Aunt deserves the best and it looks like she got it!

  6. curt said,

    What a beautiful thing!
    I celebrate your family!


  7. That’s a fantastic house. The video was fun to watch.

  8. Uncle Dave said,

    Wow! What a blessing to get to see Mary Lou’s face and hear her comments. What a blessing also to see the joy on Ken, Kenny and Delores’. There was surely a lot of love put into the building of that house. Ken, I am so very proud of you and thankful I am your favorite uncle’. Shhhh! Our secret. Right? :>)

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