While out house hunting a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon a collection of fairytale tudor cottages. A bit out of our reach, but the chance to enter and explore such a beautifully handcrafted space was exciting and inspiring. Tucked into the lush rural landscape of Redding, CT, overlooking the Saugatuck Reservoir, the estate comprises of two chalets, a theater, a “dollhouse”, and a stable house. We came to find out the original owners, who built the cottages in 1912, modeled them after an old Shakespearian theater house which the theater on property is a replica of. Every inch had been built with sturdy materials and an attention to detail. The hand carved doors, hardwood floors, forged hardware, vaulted ceilings, stucco walls, stained glass windows, etc., all held character and purpose. What astonishes me is the fact that most houses now a days have very little, to none of the integrity, charm, and craft as homes built this way. Homebuilding has changed enormously. As little as 50 years ago, homes were built by small, jack-of-all-trades carpenters. And today, large corporations predominate, most homes are built by contractors specializing in particular trades. It is unfair and naive to say that all old homes are better, more so, a well built house had to have a good carpenter. When a craftsman has a hand in all aspects of the construction the result is a reflection of the persons skill and spirit. Their are obvious benefits to building a home with todays modern technologies but I find most modern homes are slapped together with cheap materials and little thought. Your home is an extension of you, it is your nest, your castle, a safe place for your family and friends. It should be revered and treated as a cathedral. Homes should be built to be real treasures, beautiful, historic, and timeless.