Growing up, I spent my first 14 years at a Quaker boarding high school [The Meeting School], created around a farm in New England, and my favorite place to hang out was in the barn. At that time New England was full of farms with barns, and as a young boy I had a fascination with barns. With its big open spaces and multi-fuctions. As I sit here contemplating building my own home, once again barns come to mind. Course it would look like a house, yet built stout like a barn; post and beam construction. The idea of creating split level floors, many bright windows, and one space opening onto another… tickles my senses. In having lived in some wind prone areas, I find my mind migrating to a solid structure. Built against a hillside, with a living roof, solar energy, solar hot water, wood stove… you know, basically off the grid. There’s no space like free space. So with that in mind, I pick up my hammer…

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