When homeowners Judy and Craig purchased 57 acres in Deale, Anne Arundel County, on which to build their dream home, they weren’t building just a shelter from the elements or a place to keep their belongings. They were creating an environment that would be the foundation for a lifestyle. Judy, who had always wanted a farm, would finally have room to house her driving ponies and raise her own food. For Craig, an engineer, the new house would be an expression of his desire for a sustainable, energy-efficient lifestyle.
After more than 20 years living in Columbia, the couple spent two years locating a large, secluded, wooded tract of land, the antithesis of their former suburban life.
“In Columbia, we had a community garden plot, and I boarded a horse. I wanted to bring that all home,” Judy says. “I wanted to be in the woods where no one could find me!”
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