When I was a kid
I built forts and tree houses.
The remoter the better.
The bigger the tree, the better I liked it.
My favorite tree house was in a huge Dutch Elm.
I raided the local building sites for materials
and built high up in the tree,
a house with a deck
that overlooked the woods
and the neighborhood out in the distance.
when the neighborhood kids ask for scraps or use my grade stakes for sword fights
I believe it’s my turn to give back
what was given to me.
The homes I design and build today aren’t tree houses
but I still like the unique remote homes
with a view,
I like to take the time
to understand the property and the people I design for.
There is a sacredness to building
on the ground that has not been touched by human hands.
and a sacredness to the lives that will be lived in a home,
I designed & built.
It’s a very personal thing for me.
I have never built the same home twice.
I prefer things singular.
‘ One Off ‘
. . .