Posted by Been there, built that on May 15, 2003 at 23:31:33:
In Reply to: Looking for an Architect to build our home posted by Paul on May 10, 2003 at 01:47:04:
Paul, you ought not have your home designed by anyone who cannot visit the land several times. And spend time getting to know you and your dreams in person. That's the undeniable truth. Yes, you can get a competent house out of a long distance consultation, but will it truly inhabit the land and embrace your lives?
The wisest strategy is to move onto the land first with as minimal shelter as possible, something you can inhabit for at least a full year of seasons. Don't commit to the expense of building much until you really get to know the place and yourselves living there. It is damn hard to get it right even after you've lived there awhile, let alone work off digital photos and a topographical survey.
Consider starting with a one room cabin with basic facilities and an open porch. If you need space for a guest, build it with a loft.
Also, consider that you can build it very beautiful if you keep it very simple. And it could easily be moved later to a more convenient or romantic location once you really understand the land.
Ah, I'm a bit jealous of your adventure. Hope you have all the time in the world. That's what land is for.
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