” Nesting, homemaking is a major means of personal expression and development.” James Yandell, former president C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
The sun blessed us with April warmth, the roads were good and there was a great turnout at the event.
Our dream for this property is to reflect the repeating pattern of round
The way you enter the land is a spiral.
The pathways, hallways, stairways curve around..
And, of course, the buildings are round.
Even the carport!
Our first “official” party in the new Mandala! Our Mandala Staff Christmas party
It was a bit dusty…. with a ”bring your own furniture” theme…Nonetheless, it was a wonderful success with music , good food, great conversation, camaraderie and sense of accomplishment and connection with the project.
Each person in Mandala has played a part in the creation of this beautiful and amazing space. Continue reading
Home Builders often complain about subcontractors.
They report experiences of arguing, lateness, inefficiency, sticker shock and miscommunication. All of these are costly in terms of money and relationships.
Knowing the potential hazards, at the beginning of this project, we decided to head off possible problems by calling a meeting with the whole group of subcontractors. Continue reading
“It’s unbelievable how fast your house has gone up….”
The project is moving along very smoothly. The benefits of building with prefab components really shine in the areas of time and waste. Because the prefinished/precut pieces arrive at the site ready to be nailed or screwed into place, the tasks can really zip along..
This week has been spent focusing on details like the cedar soffits, the covering for underneath the roof overhang. The pieces come from the Mandala shop in large panels and go up quickly. Continue reading
“Next to love, balance is the most important thing”~ John Wooden
When you design and build a home, whether you are working with a designer or on your own, it’s helpful to think about two important aspects of home living. I found it helpful to frame these elements using the two ancient Chinese principles of Yin and Yang. Continue reading
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