I love this story for ringing in the new year. It's a tale of two lovers and a first-date dream. Most importantly, it's a story of having a dream and actually turning that crazy dream into reality, without lots of money or resources.
After only one short year of dating, this newly-minted couple embarked on fulfilling a lofty dream they fantasized about on their very first date. While walking through the woods of his family's property, the couple had noticed the beautiful sunset and envisioned building a home that would truly capitalize on the beauty of the location. So a year later, they quit their jobs and set out on a road trip from Pennsylvania to West Virginia to get started on building their dream house in the mountains.
On that road trip, they used the journey to gather the windows they would need to build their cabin. From flea markets to antique dealers to salvage stores, the couple collected all the windows needed for the "facade of windows" that would offer them the ideal spot to watch sunsets in their new home. Many of the other materials, including the entire roof, were sourced from an old abandoned barn on the property. Being artists and makers (and now jobless too), their vision required them to be resourceful and their background allowed them the creativity to succeed.
To see more photos and read the article in its entirety, visit: Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Recycled Windows Love Nest on Inhabitat. There's also a short video that highlights the project that's worth watching — it's seven minutes that might just inspire you to embark on something you never dreamed possible for 2014!