DreamcatcherByron, MI, US
I started out working for my father at his asphalt and concrete company then moved into homebuilding where I was taught the ropes by a general contractor who was a true master of home construction and remodeling.
While I enjoyed working in the field, I enjoyed the art and craft of trim work the most, so I went on to work for a master cabinetmaker. There I learned much about joinery and design. But Still I yearned to learn more.
I got a few commissions outside of the cabinet shop and pursued them; eventually developing a reputation for being able to custom craft most anything out of wood or steel. This was fun and challenging, but still left me much out of the design process.
So, I went back to school... college that is. I first went to community college where I obtained my AAS in Architectural Design and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Since I did so well, I decided to keep on with school and attended the University of Michigan where I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree and won some awards along the way.
Now I am back in the "real world" again but the construction economy is in the tank. While I still have a good reputation and clients still trickle in, I feel as though my little design/build firm has a long way to go.
For a couple of months now I have been spending my evenings building my home shop and it has been rewarding to me that my 1-1/2 year old daughter is excited to hang out with me as I work on the...
This is a project I worked on and I still feel it is a viable solution for disaster relief housing. It is completely self sustainable; providing enough electricity and hot water to comfortably house...