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Smith's small Fendi Peekaboo Alternative structure also is fairly unobtrusive. There is no large foundation carved out of the hillside, just a few pylons that raise the floor above the uneven ground. He says his architectural approach is informed by his view of the world: "I see creation as a finished masterpiece, not as a blank canvas. As such, I want to make sure my designs enhance what is already there."
"I think it is important to spend time where you live," Smith said. "You need to be at home, with your neighbors, with the people in your community. Increasingly, people don't work near where they live, which means more and more time away from home."
he says he can apply to his other commercial work.
In addition to the philosophical questions, there also is a practical side to Smith's venture. By building the structure himself, with the help of a few friends and family, he's learned some valuable lessons, which Fendi Travel Bag Price
Large homes typically carry large mortgages and large utility bills. By minimizing those bills, Smith theorized, people could be freed to spend less time working, and more time investing in relationships with friends and Fendi Monster Backpack Red
For Smith, who graduated from Abilene High School in 2001, earned a bachelor's degree from Oxford University in England and a master's degree from Texas A University, there is a strong connection between architecture and community.
and tried to get the most out of life, the 28 year old Smith went into the thick juniper stands on his three acres in Cedar Gap seeking the answer to one question: At what cost are we living our lives?
"If I have no bills, I'm under less pressure to be away from my family and friends, working at a job, just to make the money to pay those bills," Smith said.
Smith's 8 by 20 foot truss structure is completely off the grid, meaning it receives no electricity or running water from any utility company. A small solar panel provides the power for a small electric fan, a lamp and his laptop. There's a small wood burning stove for the winter. A special system built around an old diesel tank collects rainwater from the roof. In a nearby bathhouse, a composting toilet and solar shower help take care of hygiene needs.
"This has been one big learning experience," Smith said. "This structure has already been through several revisions. I've built and rebuilt the front door three or four times. I'm learning about detailing, about keeping leaks out. I've had to learn wood and metal joinery. There is no glue or silicone in this building. I've had to learn how to weather seal by trial and error. These are all things that I can incorporate into work I do for other people."
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