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March 10, 2021
Cold Brook Farm: Einkorn Wheat and Rye Crops, September 2020

Building the Passive House Legacy Through Responsible Land Stewardship

During the numerous conversations we had about what we wanted from this next chapter of our lives, when it came to our role as landowners, we had very specific things in mind. We wanted to be good stewards. We knew our role would be a temporary one; the land would remain long after we were gone and we wanted to protect it and improve its health—enhance its biodiversity, revitalize its soil, and remove the invasive plants and plant native ones. But, we also planned to build a house.
May 22, 2020
Permaculture for the Small House | WESKetch Architecture + Construction

“Designing” Land Using the Science of Permaculture

Permaculture integrates the mindful stewardship of the land with our daily way of living. It is about marrying the way the land will be planted and used by the people living there.
February 28, 2020
The Small House: A Blueprint for Sustainable Living and Property Stewardship in the 21st Century | WESKetch Architecture + Construction

The Small House: A Blueprint for Sustainable Living and Property Stewardship in the 21st Century

As I think back to October of last year, when I first drove down a narrow dirt road and got a glimpse of the 43-acre parcel of land that would be the site for a new home, I knew then that this project would be different. Having been an architect for 25 years, my firm has designed and constructed many different styled homes. However, clients rarely ever challenged me to design a house that holistically integrated with the land around it. Ultimately, I was told, the project must leave the land better than it was before. “We are merely stewards of the land while we are here,” my client, Jason, said to me, and with these words, I was tasked to create a structure with permanence ever conscious of our transience on earth.