Architect Ken Meffan spent an entire decade of his life devoted to designing and building a home for his family. Known for his rough-around-the-edges take on design, his own house is no exception. If your preference is for minimal, streamlined design, this may not be the home for you. Using natural and re-purposed materials such as leftover building materials and boulders found on-site, the house feels comfortably rooted in its surroundings. While there are a few ledges I might worry about my youngest falling off of (she has a tenancy to climb on/fall off everything she can find), and a lot of hard surfacing that wouldn’t catch her fall very well, I can’t deny what fun my kids would have in a place like this. Growing up, a childhood friend had a home similar to this one, hand build with concrete floors warmed by the sun, nature spilling in from all sides, and the occasional turtle slowly passing by on the ground floor. I can recall the summer days spend exploring, discovering, and running in and out (we once found an old, rusted out 1950′s era car, seats reduced to springs, and tires nearly to dust, still “parked” in the would have been the driveway of a very small home, if there was more than just a foundation remaining. We knew when we found it our summer just got booked solid). There is something comforting about being surrounded by so much nature, and something enjoyable about not needing to take your shoes off. Or the possibility of not needing shoes at all.