My husband has this dream of building our own home, a beautiful timber-frame home. I love when he draws home plans and researches, and pray that one day it may become a reality. I truly love the look of exposed beams and large windows. Perhaps it makes smaller spaces seem more open. He has great ideas, not that I don’t have a few of my own to contribute…
I am drawn to the idea of a handmade home, beautiful and functional and serves as retreat surrounded by nature. I dream of land for a decent garden, room for gatherings, and a studio, ooh and being water too, is that too much to ask?
A while back I stumbled along a story of the Farrells who built a little respite of their own. They gathered fifty of their closest friends to help them build a yurt in the Adirondack Mountains. They finished in 10 days and have been visiting the site for the last 30 years, adding a sauna, stream powered hot tub and several other buildings along the way. Check out more of their great story and pictures here.
While this is not a timber-frame home or their primary residence I love that the basis of this place is quality time and community. When put that way, I realize I am part of a little community just like this, SpringHill! I think this is what draws people to camp, are the memories associated with being around nature, a common faith, campfires and unique housing (but we call our yurts, wigwams…) No hot-tub or sauna yet but we have plenty of lakes and streams. As the snow melts our winter retreats are finishing up and the landscape begins to look a little more like this… oh summer, come forth, we are ready!
I am thankful that no matter how much I can dream up, I have a maker who created the heavens and the earth and has already blessed me beyond my imagination.