To introduce this project to a home design magazine, I wrote the following synopsis;
Welcome to our home! It’s the first ENERGY STAR Qualified home in B.C., which means that it uses 30% less energy to function as the incredibly comfortable living space that it is. This represents a savings of approximately 3 months of energy bills. The home has a passive solar design, 10” thick walls, Continue reading →
“The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.” Abram Maslow
T.C. Mcluhan writes “Human beings all around the world and all through time have used sacred spaces in order to find themselves.” This brings to my mind the line from the song Amazing Grace, ”I once was lost and now I’m found.” Continue reading →
From the very beginning of this project,we’ve been getting to know the trees on this land. We’ve identified and mapped different species. We’ve given affectionate names to some. And, we’ve especially gone to great efforts to build around the hundreds-of-years-old Ponderosa pine tree that stands a breathtakingly tall and a breathtakingly short distance from the edge of our new home.
“There is potency in the act of including this tree in the architecture of our home.”
“Ponderosa” means ponderous, or large.
Why build around it?
Because it has taken a lifetime for this unique individual to grow from a small seed, a tiny seedling, a young pine tree, to the majestic giant that it is today. Continue reading →
“Get the plywood down on the floor, cause then we can sweep it and REALLY play house!”
There are many exciting junctures in the process of building a house.
One of them is when the floor joists are covered with the plywood. Because, once the floor is covered , you can really feel the breadth and height of the main floor of your home space , you can feel what you’ve been imagining …the act of living in this space. Continue reading →
“Form equals function and function informs the form.”
After the concrete cures in a couple of days, it’s time to remove the bracing and supports. Now it’s time to lay out the floor joists.
Our friend, the arborist, was willing to climb up the Ponderosa and snap a photo of the pattern of the floor joists from way up high in the tree. It’s not very often that you get this particular view of a home, so we’re tickled to see it. Continue reading →
It is a big decision for us to site the house right in the center of a grove of trees. We want the closeness to nature, the privacy and the feeling of sweet “containment” that comes from being in the center of the trees. Amazingly , the footprint of our Mandala fits beautifully in the middle of the grove without having to cut down any living trees! Continue reading →