Rogue Cottage, Pacific Northwestern United States 2014-2016View Gallery
Although I have worked on a number of Cottages and small structures, this is the first structure that I designed and built. It was constructed in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon over the course of 2 ½ building seasons. I harvested all the clay and aggregate by hand, fell the majority of the trees used for beams and rafters and peeled them with a draw knife, and sourced the foundation stones from the hills surrounding me. The cottage is 200 round feet (roomier than square feet) to appease local building code in the county it was constructed. This cottage was built for a good friend who supported me while I learned. I consider this project the equivalent to a master’s thesis while waiting to construct dissertation and live in it myself here in the Loess Hills of Iowa.