Framing the Absolute Surfaces

The third dimension has finally become reality. I’ve been living in 2 dimensions for over four years. The paper plans of 24″ X 36″ pages, have been cut apart and taped back together on many occasions. The closest I’ve come before, has been putting masking tape on the floor of large garages with wood stakes…

Wheelchair on wood floor

Passages of Life Experiences

I spent six days in Phoenix Arizona celebrating my mother’s 98th birthday. It was a continuing education for me in the aging process.  I  have never known anyone as old as my dear mother.  She is blessed to live independently in her own apartment with meals available in a community dining room served by an array…

Cottage in the Woods - The home site on the undeveloped property with trees in the background.

The Spirit of Place

As I spent years thinking through the process of building my new cottage in the woods, the spirit of the place spoke to me, and became the guiding force for building this custom home in the foothills of the northern Coast Range of Oregon. I wanted to create an environment for that inner soul to…

The Style and Design

This was one of the most challenging aspects of the entire project. One of the talented architects I asked to participate was Andrew Montgomery of Terraforma. He blew me away with his completely unattached imagination of design. Unfortunately in the final analysis, it was also out of my budget, but God, it took me to…

Cottage in the Woods - The home site on the undeveloped property with trees in the background.

Siting a Modern Home

The precise location of buildings has always been one of biggest complaints I have with builders who don’t take the time to do a thorough examination of the site. Very small adjustments can have big impacts on the perception of entry emotion as one approaches a structure. A simple step up or down, or staying…