The Dream

I had a dream that went up in flames. After a lengthy process, I got some price quotes for building the Tea barn. Unfortunately, they were two-to-three times higher than expected. This makes it impossible for me to build the barn. :'( I’m currently working on some other plans that might be more affordable. Last month,…

Chabarn: Second Draft

Last week I got the second set of drawings from the architect. They are built upon his first draft, with revisions and ideas that came up when we met with him Monday the same week. I was not super enthusiastic about the first drawings, but my enthusiasm got a significant boost from the meeting, and…

Chabarn: First draft

I have been impatiently awaiting the first drawings from the architect. They should have arrived last week, but instead showed up on my birthday this week. This is his first draft of how he envisions the barn, and is heavily influenced by my input and suggested design. While I think it is a good start,…

The dream has been outsourced

I have dreamed of a house where every room except kitchen and bathroom is covered with tatami, and serves a function during a tea ceremony. I want to turn my barn into such a place, but to get there I need some help. Yesterday, I hired an architect to help me get there. I have…

The professional opinion

It has been a few weeks. I have had a few people come and look at the barn, some professionals and some not. After the first few visits, I believed I just needed to have a the roof changed. Then I hired a carpenter to look at it, and he thorouly crushed my optimistic ideas. In his…

My cabin is my castle

I stole the title from a research paper by The Research Council of Norway. Norwegians love cabins, and they are a big deal here. A big deal! There is no exact definition of what a cabin should look like. A cabin can be a simple hut that provide shelter but has no electricity and the only…