Have you ever wanted to just quit your job, pack up your life and venture out into the middle of the woods with your beloved to build your very own unique home? To embrace the unknown?
That’s what photographer Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz did, all while living on a simple diet of rice and beans.
The couple’s “spur-of-the-moment decision” began when they both quit their jobs, rented a U-Haul and embarked upon a nationwide journey to find the ideal windows for their glass house.
Horwitz described finding the first window for their structure as “serendipitous.” The rest of the charming glass panes were either scavenged or purchased.
They spent just $500 on their humble, yet stunning, project, which they built entirely by themselves in the wilderness of West Virginia.
After gathering all the windows they needed, what could be salvaged from an old barn, including wood, nails and roofing, and their combined creative intellect, they were able to bring to life their dream of constructing an awe-inspiring retreat.
“We were able to make it a reality because we are first artists and creators. We had to be resourceful to do it cheaply,” Olson told Yahoo Homes.
Although there is no working electricity or plumbing on the property, the imaginative and resourceful artists are ecstatic about their scenic escape, as well as the natural sunlight the home welcomes in.
“Light is so different in the morning, at noon and at dusk. We wanted to somehow build a house so that change happened in our living space,” Olson said. “It’s about being closer to living with the elements.”
Check out a short documentary about Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz’s project below.