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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3August

Timber Framers Guild Conference
Hooksett, NH

This event is by invitation only
Saturday, August 3, 2019, 11:00am
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N. River Rd.
Hooksett, NH 03106



29 - 31August
2019

The Not So Big Life Workshop
Durham, NC

Open to all
Beginning Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:30pm
Ending Saturday, August 31, 2019, 12:00pm
Duke Integrative Medicine
3475 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC  27705

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Go to the Duke website for more information or to register.


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