“the house on the corner, the one with the chickens.”
They nod and know exactly where it is.
Situated in the center of a small town, our little home does stand out a bit. We are not your typical house with a manicured lawn and neat little shrubs all in a row.
In fact we have no lawn at all; we do have vegetables, herbs, fruit, chickens, and a rabbit. When we bought our 1200 square foot Arts and Crafts style twin, on a postage stamp size property of 3700 square feet, we thought it would make the perfect little starter home. But 14 years later here we still are. Yes, there have been many a time when we long for more, both inside and out. A little more land, more privacy, a bit more space, just one more room. But most of the time we embrace this place we call home and try to find ways to be creative with our space. Rather than find somewhere new, we began to think up ways to have exactly what we wanted and have realized over the years just how much one can do in a small space. We strive for beauty, simplicity and practicality. Creating spaces with multiple uses enables us to really use every inch of our home and truly live in it.
Amy has studied aesthetics ever since she can recall. As a child she remembers pouring over every detail of her favorite picture books, many of which involved home life. Her favorite book, Tilly’s House, involved a doll who decided to leave a dollhouse where she worked as a maid to find her own home. Tilly found an old wooden box in the greenhouse and with the help of a teddy bear made it her home from things collected and re-purposed. Amy has always enjoyed making things beautiful. She remembers re-arranging the inside of her school desk on a weekly basis, decorating her room as a teen with her collections of pinecones and nature finds. And as a young adult she began to collect items found at flea markets and garage sales while drawing up plans for her future home one day.
Chris has enjoyed making and creating and using his hands as far back as he can remember. He enjoyed spending time with his grandfather who would always give him a board of wood, a hammer, and a handful of nails to keep Chris busy for hours. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up he would always reply “a worker man.” He is a self taught jack-of-all-trades, a true renaissance man. Ask him what his interests are and you may just have to pull up a chair and sip on a cup of tea.
A diesel mechanic by trade, he has since ventured on to the job of his dreams teaching young people all about some of his own interests. Boat building, survival skills, rocketry, woodworking, archery, foraging, and mechanics are just some of what he shares at a local homeschool resource center .
When he is not teaching, he enjoys making things from wood. He began bringing home little surprises from the shop that made Amy’s heart skip a beat. His creations of handles and knobs made from Yew wood, picture holders and hooks are scattered throughout their home. Outside you will find his planters, a chicken coop made from salvaged Douglas Fir with a Yew latch, and a handcrafted bunny hutch complete with a living roof .