At age 60, my husband Mike and I left suburbia in Fort Collins to build a custom passive solar home looking at the Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado.
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Mike and I met online at age 50 in 2005, and even then we shared a dream. We both wanted to move to some wonderful rural place and build a passive solar home with an incredible view. Unfortunately, life got in the way for a decade or so…
Then in mid-2014 our time came. We sold our nice suburban home, and headed south to build on a great forested lot at the top of the foothills west of Walsenburg.
In June 2014 we packed up or got rid of most of our worldly goods, sold our house in Fort Collins, and took one big leap of faith, building our wings on the way down. We both turn 60 this year, so we decided to call ourselves the NEW Old Farts. Here we share this major lifestyle change from both of our perspectives, including the thrills and spills of building solar from the footers up!
Being a writer, photographer and psychotherapist, I enjoy sharing the emotional side of starting over in a new, rural part of Colorado. Most of the photos here are also mine! Rasta, our 11-pound pup, acted as our building assistant, doing everything he could to make this thing happen faster, so he could enjoy his fire-proof doggy door and dog run.