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Snug Mandala Home

    “Efficient house design is based on the natural energies coming into the system (sun, wind,rain) on surrounding vegetation, and on commonsense building practices.” Bill Mollison   South Elevation The use of intelligent design to reduce the amount of energy required..

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    Functional Space/Sacred Space

      “The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.” Abram Maslow T.C. Mcluhan writes “Human beings all around the world and all through time have used sacred spaces in order to find themselves.” This brings

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      ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED HOME

         ”I awoke/this morning/in the gold light/turning this way/and that/thinking for/a moment/it was one/day/like any other./ But/the veil had gone/from my/darkened heart. ” David Whyte A dream has come true,  this home is the first ENERGY STAR Qualified home in BC! We’re very excited because it’s a deep value of ours to show folks how to live with beauty and ease in a

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        Soapstone Stove

          The Heart of the Home I’ve been curious about soapstone stoves for a long time, but had ruled out the possibility of owning one because I’d read that they were veryexpensive. Then, Lars and I walked through the doors of Kootenay Woodstoves. I saw the soft blue hue of the Hearthstone woodstove collection.  And we discovered that the

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          Cork Flooring

            Your choice in flooring has a major impact on the use and feel of your home. Think about it, you ‘interact” with your floor every day. The floor is what you feel under your feet when you step out of bed in the morning, it’s what you drag furniture across, it’s the surface that someone

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            Carzebo

              Our dream for this property is to reflect the repeating pattern of round The way you enter the land is a spiral. The pathways, hallways, stairways curve around.. And, of course, the buildings are round. Even the carport!   Nestled in the trees                 Functions for this space 1)

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              Among the trees.

                From the very beginning of this project,we’ve been getting to know the trees on this land. We’ve identified and mapped different species. We’ve given affectionate names to some. And, we’ve especially gone to great efforts to build around  the hundreds-of-years-old Ponderosa pine tree that stands a breathtakingly tall  and a breathtakingly short distance from the edge

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                320 sq. ft. round Cottage

                  We built a small round building on the north meadow that is to be used as a guest space, retreat space, rental, or a separate office. This is an ultimate “flex space”! Here’s a short video of the set-up of the building. It took us 8 hours to set up the cottage to lock-up. As you can see

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                  The day that History showed up.

                    This whole hillside was once a family farm and  the road sign still bears the family name, Heddle. Pearl Buck once wrote “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. “ In this particular circumstance, “yesterday” found us. His name is Fred Heddle. He is a  sweetly stooped, blue eyed, and wrinkled old man

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                    Paint. Colour. Air. Leaf.

                      When you build a Mandala, the shell-to-lock-up part of the process happens rapidly because those parts of the house come in a kit. However, the finishing part of the building process takes the same amount of time as any other construction. At times, for the home-builder, it can seem endless! At this point, we have

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