Dear Patrick Beseda and Lacy Graham,
I found my house on Craigslist. You two scavenged materials then used plans from the open-source project WikiHouse to built your house (all 150 square feet of it). That trumps all house-hunting stories from now until forever.
From what I heard on All Things Considered, you two built your “FOUNDhouse” to live in during a semester field study, a 5 months project to build homes on a Navajo Indian Reservation. The Billjohn Residence you and your team designed and built is absolutely gorgeous, but the real story ended up being your FOUNDhouse. It looks great too but how was it sharing the little place for 5 months? Honestly, it looks pretty darn cozy, especially if you’re sharing it with someone special.
The core concept of Wikihouse is somewhat analogous to the Sears kit homes of a century ago. In his TED talk, co-founder of the Wikihouse Project Alastair Parvin makes a really cool prediction for the coming century which he described as “the democratization of production.” As open-source design and 3D printing continues to grow, do you foresee Creative Commons items (like houses) becoming as prominent as maybe the Sears kit home was? Perhaps even more important?
I hope the project was rewarding and that it continues to grow. I also hope the house kept ya’ll warm through the Utah winter.
Thanks and good luck!
RESPONSE from Patrick Beseda:
Hayden, thanks for the letter, sorry for the slow response. Busy days finishing up our architecture schooling.