Five Generations of Builders, Designers, and Independent Thinkers
Building and design is in my genes, going all the way back to my great, great grandfather who came to this country from the Netherlands as a carpenter. My great grandfather was also a carpenter. In the next generation, my grandfather & his brothers were way ahead of their time with their interest in solar energy and heating. They were among the first in Florida to sell and install solar heating on residential homes and schools in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. As a boy, I spent summers with my great uncle on his farm, learning how to raise crops, cattle and chickens. I also hunted rabbits while there with some of the neighbor kids.
Life moved on and after a tour in the US Marine Corps, I settled down in the business world, involved in all aspects of construction from the bottom up. Although I loved building, I always found the self-sufficient or “green” side of construction very appealing – I never lost that satisfied feeling I got after working on the farm, seeing what could be accomplished with hard work and effort. And finding ways to build a house using natural materials, self-sufficient heating/ cooling, and water reserves has always been an interest to me – I’ve been collecting information on these subjects since the 1970’s!
After many years of building both commercial and residential projects, I am now concentrating on a more independent lifestyle for myself and my family – and I would love to offer that information to you as well. Please check out the Independent Homesteaderto learn more.