Minimalism & Sustainability

making the MAP

making the MAP

"All you need is the plan, the road map,and the courage to press on to your destination" – Earl Nightingale  ""That old adage about bigger being better, may not be so true as we age. Building a new house during our last chapter gave us an opportunity to pause and...

what a difference a YEAR makes

what a difference a YEAR makes

"There is more to life than simply increasing its speed" - Mahatma Gandi In April, we celebrated one year in our new home. While they say time flies, I have felt more like I am living in slow motion than at warp speed.  This is partly due I’m sure to the slow and...

SYSTEMS not spaces

SYSTEMS not spaces

"Simple living is skillful living" - Satish Kumar For many years, I have strived to live a more simplified life. What does that mean you ask?  For me it means having more of what I need and use, and less of what I don’t. It means having space around me, and this...

WASTE not, want not

WASTE not, want not

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water” – W.H. Auden It may have been a simple and well researched decision, but it was also expensive, time consuming, and challenging. Still, we are confident we made the right one – to install compost toilets. As a...

the house that LOVE built

the house that LOVE built

“Home is where one starts from” – T.S. Eliot It’s been more than a year and a half since we broke ground on our new build.  While most of creating a new home involves looking forward, gratitude has had me spending at least some of my time, looking back,...

NATURE for the win

NATURE for the win

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir I was born in a city.  I have spent the past six decades in cities and towns and many of my vacations in places like...

what you SEE is what you get

what you SEE is what you get

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle First, I want to thank all those who continue to comment on the blog and on the build. I appreciate your...

the NUMBERS don’t lie

the NUMBERS don’t lie

“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” Henry David Thoreau Building our new house has always been about the numbers; square footage, the budget, the orientation to the sun, the property lines, the size of the...

the best laid PLANS

the best laid PLANS

circa 1995 “It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! - Dr. Seuss I can see it now. Everyone gathered together just like we have for the past 25 years, around our long dinner table, on Christmas Eve. I’m in the kitchen...

intentional by DESIGN

intentional by DESIGN

“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” Charles Eames I have always been more about practical than pretty.  When I got my first job as a teen, I remember my mom’s advice was to “buy separate pieces, not dresses, they are far more versatile and...

a sense of PLACE

a sense of PLACE

Recently, during a break in the build, and with some time on our hands, we decided to reflect on leaving our home of 25 years; what will we take with us, what will we leave behind, what has this place and home meant to us.   I grew up in different houses; my...