"The Biggest LITTLE House in Sidney"
sustainability without deprivation

Thinking of building sustainably?
Downsizing to a smaller home?
Embarking on an Eco-Renovation?

We can help make your ideals a reality.
Let our hands-on experience guide you
as you prepare to buy or build your next home.

Or scroll down to browse through our building blog and see how it all began.

For years we had been researching and developing sustainable building designs;
looking for ways to improve upon
traditional house construction.

To give credibility to our design concepts,
we wanted to put them to the test. But we
also wanted to acquaint ourselves with the
challenges of building sustainably
. So we decided to learn every trade and do all the work ourselves. Our "Klein & Fein" Design combines environmental responsibility with a grand lifestyle.


Now our world has changed as Laura has accepted the position of Constituency Advocate for Elizabeth May, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands and Thomas has taken on the challenges of building a new venture in the solar industry as President of BlueSky Energy Systems Inc.

But we have been given the opportunity to share our experience in one of three books in a new Green Series from Self-Counsel Press entitled: "Greening Your Home: Successful Eco-Renovation Strategies"! This book captures most of the hard lessons learned in our building adventure and offers tips and insights that can save any homeowner from unexpected and costly oversights. 

Our second book, The Biggest Little House in Sidney, is about 80% finished but still in search of a publisher and the time to bring it to completion.

In the process of building our "Small & Fine(ly)" crafted house we saw glimpses of a future where we reconnect with how things work. Building our own house from the ground up, introduced us to a new vision. What if instead of writing checks for others to do things for us we started doing things for ourselves again? What if we were not mere consumers but became
producers as well? What if we could produce more energy or more food than we consume? It was a vision that captivated our imagination, a vision that was born of a desire to build more than a house.

We documented our project here to share our joy as planned sight lines, light paths, and space energy became a reality. Go to the bottom of the page and see how we broke ground. Then click on the monthly links as you work your way up in time to see our progression from day one to occupancy. We are working on a book to publish our story.

In the fall of 2012 we switched gears in to deconstruction mode of the old house! We saved as much as we could by reusing old components to rebuild the part that is now our workshop. We saw evidence of what happens to a poorly designed building after years of bad maintenance.

Since that time, we shifted our focus to developing and promoting sustainable lifestyle strategies and working on our first book. At a later date we will update this blog as we develop our urban oasis. Stay tuned and please join us on our
facebook page!


deconstructing old house

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"...You are the carpenter.  Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, erect a wall.  "Life is a do-it-yourself project," someone has said.  Your attitudes and the choices you make today, build the "house" you live in tomorrow.  Build wisely!"~ Author Unknown

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