I built my first handmade house nearly 40 years ago, and have been building unique handmade homes ever since. (BTW… I did start young… I’m not quite 60 years old yet… lol)
I’ve learned a lot in all those years… trade secrets and simple ways in looking at things. I’ve had some great teachers along the way… talented craftsmen… coupled with lots of hands-on experience… and, the pleasure of studying so many homes that have survived for a century or more.
I did very little advertising throughout my career, it seems that folks who wanted a special home found me through word of mouth. I guided these precious clients through the design and building process with the goal of giving them their dream home. I have found that the only thing more pleasurable than having a handmade home is having played a part in it’s design and construction. If you haven’t experienced it, I hope that one day you will.
In looking online it seems there is no shortage of information out there on “how to notch a cabin” or “how to lay a stone”, but nowhere do I find any source that teaches a person the basic concepts and steps on how to design and build an attractive handmade home. To me that is the most important lesson of all… one that needs to be a priority from the first idea to the final stroke of the paint brush.
Rather than taking my insights to the grave at some point in the (hopefully) distant future, I thought about how great it would be to just sit down and share a full day (eight hours) of focused time with what I have learned through all these years of designing and building one-of-a-kind homes… to help move people 30 or 40 years down the learning curve.
Just think about how much money could be saved, and how much better a home could be built by making such a leap!
For some this course I’m putting together might be life changing in that something that was once viewed as impossible to have, suddenly became achievable. Building a home does require a lot of work, but it can be a very enjoyable experience. I’ve always said… “It’s much easier to design and build one’s own home, than it is to live with the regret of never having done so.”
I wish I had had this kind of access, inspiration, and resource when I first started out.
And so this idea of “sharing it all” has spawned the creation of the upcoming Handmade House Academy.
I had hopes that this would all be put together by the first of this year… but man o man… there is a lot of work involved, I’ve spent many months now working on it. I hope you might consider signing up once it’s released. This first offering of the course will be at a greatly reduced price and will include some extra freebies that will never again be offered… like… lifetime access to a private Handmade House Community group, and a downloadable set of plans to the most beloved cabin I ever designed and built, and lifetime access to the Handmade House Academy Course, and… future “opportunities” (which for now need to be kept secret :).
If you are signed up to the mailing list, have no worries, you will get an announcement in the coming weeks about when the course will be finally ready for release.
Stop making excuses… and start making plans!
And, thank you for all your support and feedback! You guys are the best!