I recently had the pleasure of attending the Spring Board Meetings for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington DC. It was great to see the scale of the NAHB and the many things they do for the home building industry. Carrie and I had the chance to do a little sightseeing while there, so of course I drug her to the National Building Museum. Who knew this even existed! It was an impressive place with some great exhibits relating to housing and construction. One section in particular really caught my eye and reminded me why I enjoy residential work so much. It was simply a collection of quotes on a collage of home photos. Some ring true and others are a bit comical, but I wanted to share them here…

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”
-Phyllis Diller

“Mid pleasure and palaces Though we may roam Be it ever so humble, There’s no place like home.”
-John Howard Payne

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
-Robert Frost

“A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for his life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, for the rest of his days.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Since a housewrecker differs significantly from a homewrecker, the inference is clear that house and home mean different things.”
-Paul Fussell

“No man who owns his own house and lot can be a communist… he has too much to do.”
-William Levitt

“Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.”
-Julia Morgan

“All architecture is shelter. All great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the person in that space.”
-Philip Johnson

“Where Thou art – that- is Home-”
-Emily Dickinson

“The home is the center and circumference, the start and the finish, of most of our lives.”
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman