I've loved architecture ever since I first discovered legos, and still enjoy lincoln log play time with my preschooler (who, suprise, suprise, loves to build too!).
That's my daughter, Grace, and my niece, Hannah, building a school while my husband, Jacob and I work on our cabin stairs.
Now that was a big summer project, those stairs!
Our lakefront cabin was our first major building project together. We built this cabin with no heavy equipment. Yes, me and the shovel know each other very well. There is no road access to the cabin.
Everything you see here is hauled in by snow machine or boat
On what I say is the most beautiful boat ride in Alaska. That's why you see me climb over a boat trailer in our garage - the boat is totally worth it!
I once counted 17 moose in a ten minute boat ride.
But then, in the middle of building our lakehouse, I got pregnant. So we had to stop, and build a house.
And this is the house we built are building. Can't wait for the weather to warm up and we can put the river rock up on the front. It also started snowing on me as I was painting.
My husband and I built this house with our own two hands. As in we hired nothing out. Our hands drew out the plans on graph paper, loaded the lumber in the truck, soddered the plumbing lines, pulled the electrical wires, layed the flooring, and all the millions of other tasks that are necessary to build a house. I remember once my infant daughter was on my back and my niece, then a toddler, was in the Lowe's race car, and I loaded 500 pounds of slate tile into the cart.
And you can hear the pride in my voice as I write these words. In fact, there is only one thing that I worked harder at, only one thing that I am prouder of
Here she is, sitting on my very first all-by-myself project. I built these front steps using a really scary heavy circular saw, and they are far from perfect. But these are the steps that took me from designer to designer AND builder. And when you become a builder, you also become a better designer. By knowing how to build, you learn how to design plans that are easy to build.
And this is how I learned to build.