Our Story Building Our Home
This is the house we built for our family. We spent a little over $50,000 (in 1982) getting it built to the point where we moved in. This was done over a period of five months working part-time as a project manager and subcontracting the vast majority of the construction. We wanted a feeling of openness and light, and I feel we got that.
Some people gave me a hard time about two north facing skylights in a solar house, but they are triple glazed and on a moonlit night you can walk around the house without turning on a light. Maximum energy efficiency is compromised somewhat by greater than minimum glass areas. It is a compromise we are quite happy with; a house must be more than an efficient machine.
The floor plan works well for us (a couple with two young boys). The main floor is positively spacious with its open plan; yet the living room has a separate feel to it and does not look at the dishes or dining table. The house actually has more space than we expected to get, and the sun space and front porch are glorious luxuries.