Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I've been thinking about "home" lately-- recognizing a growing need inside myself to build a forever home for our little family. Our land in Peru lays waiting for us-- it's a dream that is constantly in the back of my mind, a dream that feels temptingly close, yet impossibly far away. For now, I'm focusing on paring down designs and ideas, so that we'll be ready to build when the time comes. Here are some of my recent inspirations:

Our house will probably be a combination of stone and dried cane (similar to bamboo)-- both local, renewable resources. 

We've been getting a lot of inspiration from the Earthships here in New Mexico. They're made of recycled materials and incorporate all kinds of cool elements like gray water systems, passive solar heating, and indoor greenhouses. We won't have access in Peru to the materials usually used, but I'd like to follow the same concept of building with a light eco-footprint.

Firepit and outdoor shower-- absolutely essential!!

Property in Peru
This will be the view on one side of us....

Property in Peru
And this is what we'll see on the other. Not bad, right? (You can see our water tank in the far right corner.)
It's hard for me to muster patience sometimes-- it may be another 5 years before we're able to make the move back to Peru and make this dream come true. Which gives me looooots of time to keep browsing ideas and blueprints to create our perfect little home. :)

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  1. You have a lot of inspiration for your dream home. I hope that you'll be able to follow through with all your plans. The combination of stone and dried cane is a good idea as you will truly achieve the rustic appeal that southwest residential properties usually have. Good luck on your project!

    Elidia Wolford @ Davies Construction

  2. Excellent! I'm vaguely familiar with programs like this, but am excited to hear about what they're actually up to in my town! Thanks for the story.
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