Where it all began

In the mid-1990s, when I’d been working as a residential architect for more than a decade, I had an epiphany one day while driving though the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa. I had started noticing that new houses were getting extremely large, and decidedly unattractive. For miles and miles, all I could see were these “starter castles” marching across the prairies, looking self-important and soulless.

At that point, I was spending most of my time designing homes that were better, not bigger; homes that fit the way my clients really lived, rather than a formal lifestyle that few people ever lived anymore. But in that moment, I realized…

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16 - 11October - March
2019 - 2020

Implementing the Not So Big Life Meeting Series
Chapel Hill, NC

A special opportunity for Not So Big Life Workshop participants

Location:
Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill
Carolina Room
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Dates (3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm – 9:00pm):
October 23, 2019
November 20, 2019
December 18, 2019
January 15, 2020
February 19, 2020
March 18, 2020

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*Space is limited, so register soon to reserve your spot.



1 - 31January
2020

The Not So Big Life Year End Review Workshop
Chapel Hill, NC

Open only to previous Not So Big Life Workshop participants
Dates TBD

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