it’s not what you’re leaving, it’s what you’re going to
home design / life aspirations

it’s not what you’re leaving, it’s what you’re going to

“It’s not what you’re leaving, it’s what you’re going to”. The house we owned was beautiful—’beautiful’, a word that describes aesthetic superficialities. It means I really, really liked it. I felt at home in it. I felt surrounded by beauty. It was a dream to build. Using pens and pencils was a hobby for me—just like … Continue reading

home design / what we do

we’re not moving to the burbs

Big machines are playing at our property. Where will we live? In the middle of nowhere, not far enough to go ‘off grid’, but not close enough to manage the road to town without a 4×4 in winter. We have enough rocks to make our own quarry…or hewn our own granite countertops? Not exactly environmentally … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: how big is not so big?…a confessional

Once upon a time, when I had four children living with me (which wasn’t long ago, since one of them is playing at my feet and the others are at youth group…), I imagined myself stealing away from the world in a desolate North American, off-grid location with all four homeschooled kiddos and hospital-working husband living in … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: Interior Views

“Houses are usually designed to take advantage of outside views, with a lot of thought given to getting the windows in just the right places. But we also spend a great deal of time looking within the house, which makes the composition of interior views equally important. If these views are thoughtfully composed, the house … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House: a place of one’s own

“Our houses are getting bigger in part because we have no place to get away to, no place to be by ourselves. Creating a small area for each adult to make his or her own, just big enough for one, can solve the problem. It can be a place for writing, for painting, for meditating, … Continue reading

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the Not So Big House concept: shelter around activity

“Creating shelter around a specific activity is a concept that children instinctively understand when they make a cozy hideaway out of a cardboard box. As adults, we do much the same thing when we gravitate to the corner of a room or an alcove to sit. Walls wrap around us so we’re protected, but we … Continue reading