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
looking for ways to improve upon
traditional house construction.
To give credibility to our design concepts,
we wanted to put them to the test.
also wanted to acquaint ourselves with the
So we decided to learn every trade
and do all the work ourselves. Our
"Klein & Fein"
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 a new book 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
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
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
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
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
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