with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Category Archives: The House

We’ve just inherited Lorelle’s family property and it sits there, an empty view lot in Washington State. We have great plans to build our permanent home there, overlooking the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. We share our plans and thoughts about this process as we go along.

The Story of the Magical Mystery Door

Originally published on Google+ Shashi Bellamkonda took this amazing photograph of my magical mystery door when he was visiting our home outside of Portland, Oregon. Here’s the story of the door. The crossing of the Cascade Mountains from the luscious greens of Western Washington to the dry, harsh desert side of the mountains to visit […]

Awesome Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Architecture and Furnishings – Inhabitat

Inhabitat is a blog specializing in showcasing ecological, environmentally friendly, and sustainable lifestyles with architecture and furnishings. Their post on amphibious houses is a must see for those working on the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast of the United States as well as other flood-prone areas. For us, preparing to build a new home soon, […]

Hacking Your Way Off the Utility Grid for Your Home

As be plan to build our new home soon, you get the benefit of the ecological, environmental, and energy saving tips and tricks we learn. Hacking Your Way Off The Utility Grid from Brian McConnell is a great article on how to maximize solar electricity and other resources to minimize your reliance on local utilities. […]