The world is full of rules, be the exception!
At age 60, my husband Mike and I left suburbia in Fort Collins to build a custom passive solar home looking at the spectacular Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado…
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.
The view from our new home!
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 and psychotherapist, I enjoy sharing the emotional side of starting over in a whole new environment in rural Colorado. Most of the photos here are also mine… Rasta, our pint-size pup, acted as our general contractor, doing everything possible to make this thing happen faster!
Mike is about to turn cartwheels because we FINALLY have a slab!!!
Construction in mid-winter in Colorado!
We applied for a building permit in mid-2014, and moved in August 1st, 2015. Then we discovered another great benefit from the passive solar construction of our new home. It keeps us cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter. I have slowly fallen in love with living in tune with the sun, the seasons, and nature. I wake every day, amazed to find myself in such a beautiful, quiet, natural place…
Please feel free to contact me: MidlifeCrisisQueen@gmail.com