Find Out Why This Cabin Took Decades To Construct

Perfection Requires Patience


Architecture demands skills and hard work, but it also requires patience. But a decade worth of patience is often more than an architect can stomach, especially for a single family residence.  Nonetheless, Jim Olson started building this Wooden villa in 1959 when he was just 18 years old, and since has performed a countless number of phases of subsequent remodels and renovations (the latest in 2014).  Check out these photos to see how patience has paid off.


To be successful in architecture can require a great level of patience, as it’s not uncommon for projects to be shelved for years before finally seeing construction finished. In some cases this can be quite extreme, such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Família that’s been under construction since 1882 (and hopes to finish around 2026).  The home is in a way an ongoing conversation Olson has between architecture and nature, as its renovations in 1981, 1997, 2003 and 2014 have each built upon the remnants of what was said last. Instead of demolishing the former work, the new remodels have found ways to incorporate them; leading to a building that now stands with a wondrously timeless quality.











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