Twenty years ago when I was designing the house in which I now live, the two most important tools were an eight-foot stepladder and a chainsaw.
The chainsaw was used to make a dent in the thick forest at the site I had determined the house would be built.
Once I'd cleared enough trees to make a footprint, I would move the ladder around, climb up it, and ask myself, "What would I see if I placed a window here?"
And that's how the house was designed, which includes some 36 windows.
A recent visitor said, "I feel like I'm outdoors." Perfect. That's what I was looking for.
I am rewarded all year with magnificent views.But Autumn is the season that really shines, even on a rainy day.