what my homestead looks like in May 2020

I would have been in my garden anyway, with or without self-isolation, but I’m thankful for it even more now. I’ve got a reason to be outside: it is presently the most impactful self-care strategy I have in my physical world. The spa has nothing on the great outdoors. Mornings walking around my gardens with…

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build the house

A decade of effort and creativity condensed into one simple sentence: we built a home. We planned our house design years ago. And when I say ‘we’, I mean mostly my daughter and I, because my husband was less interested in the details of how big a room should be, or whether the kids should share a…

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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,…

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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…

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the Not So Big House: diagonal views

“To increase the perceived size of a house, you can arrange a space so that you can look along the diagonal, from one corner to the opposite one, which makes the space feel larger than it actually is.”  Susan Susanka    A key design concept of Creating the Not So Big House is to be…

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