This post originally appeared on morgantrinkerblog.com.
Since we’ve been living in Birmingham, we’ve been lucky to meet some really amazing people. Two people we’ve grown particularly close to are Will and Helen. They currently live in Birmingham in an apartment during the week while Helen attends school and Will teaches, but they’ve been making the commute to their house in Hartselle (about an hour north of Birmingham) on the weekends to spend time at their house and on their land. The absolutely crazy part? Will built this house… with his own two hands, and almost no help.
When he originally told us this, I had a hard time believing it. I mean, I can wrap my mind around people being book smart or artistically gifted, but man… someone not just designing and decorating their house, but actually building it, from scratch — just straight up manual labor? Whoa.
I was even more blown away when we actually drove up to Hartselle to see it for ourselves. As it turns out, Will and Helen really want to live full time in Birmingham, so they’ve decided to rent out their house to Will’s Aunt Sally, which works out well, because his parents live right down the road on their own amazing piece of land (with chickens and gardens and orchards and porches and the whole nine yards).
I was so impressed with not only the craftsmanship, but with the design and all the finishing touches, which were also chosen by Will and Helen. When we first walked in and I saw that spiral staircase leading up to a loft with skylights… I nearly died. Talk about a dream come true. See for yourself:
The polished concrete countertops, the butcher block island, the cabinets, and yes, even the beer… all made by hand.
Yeah, they’re really cute together.
Will and Helen, you guys are awesome. Thank-you so much for allowing us to barge in. We are so impressed by your mad skills!