The Art of Making a Home
Part 1 – Leap of Faith
My wife (Kris), our friend Dan Noonan, and I built our house twenty years ago. Dan has moved away and is making great homes in Arizona. We continuously miss his help and pleasant contrarianism. Kris and I are finishing renovations, or what I call refine-ovations, to our house and will be building a speculative house soon. This series of writings will conical the design and construction of the speculative house as well as document observations and lessons learned from years of making our award-winning home.
To do anything, you must start. This is obvious yet profoundly difficult. We focus on the lack of resources and believe there will be a better time to start in the future. But a better time may not come.
Some people, it seems, can plan to build, save money, and start building in the future. Kris and I are too impulsive for that. We think and act more like artists or adolescents. Maybe our greatest strength and weakness is that we never entirely grew up. Wise financial investment is not in our DNA. For us starting to build has always been a leap of faith. A war rages between our logical selves and our spirit. There are thousands of reasons we cannot, and yet we must.
I envision standing atop a cliff high above the ocean. Bad things can happen when diving off a cliff; it isn't a wise thing to do. Yet somehow our feet inch ever closer to the edge. The struggle continues until our footing starts to give way, and we leap into uncertainty. Ours is a convoluted ritual, and I don't recommend it.
Whatever your process of making decisions is, do it thoughtfully. There will be problems and times you regret starting. Making a good home requires tenacity above all things. But if building a home is something you must do then take the leap.