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Connecting home design to health, and soul to sustainability

As Dr. Paul Farmer said, "Everything we touch matters, everything."

Carol Gregor has created a new building model based on her 25 years experience designing and building and 8 years researching. This new model makes the connection between soulful living and sustainable homes. Her in-depth studies encompass science, architecture, engineering, environment, philosophy, and existing statistics. Her findings are revolutionary and will support a new Era of Enlightenment in the building field.

Nowhere in the country is the loss of soul so evident than in our homes. Stress, poor quality design and buildings challenge us all as we try to figure out how to deal with homes that are literally making us sick.

The Book

In our homes, our personal sacred space, we seek a soulful life. The book, "The Seven Qualities of the Essential Natural Home,"  challenges the way we think about home and asks one essential question," are we connected or not, dominant or not?" Answering this question changes every decision we make. When we choose connected, the way we design, build, and live in our homes changes. With this shift, home choices become much clearer and a life full of soulfulness emerges.

The Film

The film, "Home, the Last Battleground " is designed to premier at the same time the book is published. This film is an independent documentary that tells a story of discovery of the master builders who designed and built ancient sacred spaces utilizing their deep knowledge of the science of buildings that assured human health. Recognizing the connection between the environment and human health was the basis of their building practice. These builders studied philosophy, medicine, the earth's movements, and understood the complexity of their building science. The film delves into what happened to this interconnection of thought and discovers unbelievable hidden messages and frightening oppression. Animation, examples of architecture, and interviews, are used in the film to connect philosophy, behavior, architecture, engineering and homeowners to look at our problems today and offer a new solution. An ancient practice may be the most important solution to our pending building crisis. Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul" and AT Mann, author of "Sacred Architecture" are interviewed and offer insight into...

5 Regional pamphlets, "Regional Sustainable Homes " Zones 1-5 U.S. Regions

The homeowner, architect and builder's guide to proven architecture, construction and maintenance assuring sustainability and soulful homes. The concept addresses much more complex analysis than the USGBC does. What works in a hot, humid climate does not work in an arctic climate. The National Association of Home Builders uses one design for the entire country. In the film, the 2007 NAHB home of the year,the "All American Home", is filmed to represent the failed construction industry. Unsold, the original price was 2.7 million and today it is literally rotting and still unsold.

Done in partnership with her husband, Richard Gregor, PE, LEED, these pamphlets look at buildings in a larger system, including human health and our dependence on a healthy environment. Using building practices that have been proven over time, the work examines size, wall systems, water, roofing detail, land use, and product contaminants. The work challenges existing practice on behalf of the homeowner and guides them towards solutions that assure long-term health.

TV, 10 part Documentary, "Design by Nature"  follow up on original film

Filmed on location, sacred sites will tell a story of the healthy building practices used. The sacred patterns will be enhanced using animation and similar patterns will emerge. These patterns share philosophical meaning. These philosophies look from a historic perspective at our relationship to life, death and rebirth.

Carol's deep understanding of her business, clients, and research allows her to share a unique perspective of the connection between human health and the home philosophically, historically, and soulfully.  She uses her background in creating homes and extensive research in building practice to offer individuals and industry real solutions for complex problems making a soulful home possible through sustainable choices.

Early Years

Her early work began as a flight attendant and retail buyer in New York. After her children were born, she designed and built a post and beam home in Pennsylvania and was hired to sell these panelized homes to others. This gave her the opportunity to use her spatial memory incorporating the design of the prestigious homes she had seen as a child on the Main Line of Philadelphia. Her natural talent was expanded by building these post and beam homes because she was able to focus on all aspects of design and construction. This was her early education.

When interest rates skyrocked, Carol created joint ventures and marketed existing buildings. Her knowledge of law, planning, accounting, partnerships and managing crews was expanded. Her education was now at the graduate level.

The creation of a high-end, solar condominium project from scratch was the culmination of all this learning and her business was a model of excellence. Financially successful, she began to create other home projects. At the end of the 1980s, her business was dissolved during a recession.

At the death of a devoted father, Carol began a deeper study of the soul. Her father was a financial planner and published author. His early guidance laid a path for Carol to follow. It was during these years her designs and buildings became more conscious and she began to pursue her life's mission.

Recreating herself, she began a custom home design and build business. Her clients had individual budgets and dreams and she was focused on creating homes that truly were soulful.

With so many successful projects under her belt, she began another journey into the history and practice of building during times of harmony and peace. These periods of time, often called enlightened, had philosophies around building that included human health in mind, body and spirit. This was in contrast to the profit-driven markets that drove construction over the past 50 years. At the same time she realized our homes were causing too much stress. She is now involved in the creation of a new industry, one that connects her life's work to the public and professional markets.

 

CAROL MCKAIN GREGOR

Maine carolgregor.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 603-714-5272 Florida

WORK HISTORY

FOR PROFIT:

2000-Current

Principle, Gregor Productions

A multi media film and print company specializing in documentary, "The Lost Language of Architecture", and "Home" and companion book," The Seven Qualities of the Essential Soulful Home  ".

PRINCIPAL, CAROL GREGOR DESIGN-BUILD, INC

1989-2004

Award Winning Design Build Construction Company in Southern NH specializing in quality residential and commercial projects

PRESIDENT, HIGHLAND RIDGE CORPORATION

1984-1989

New London, NH
Design Build , 47 single family passive solar homes

PRINCIPAL, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

1981-1984

New London, NH
Conversion and marketing of existing apartments to condominium ownership

DESIGN PROFESSIONAL, YANKEE BARN HOMES, INC

1979-1981

Grantham, NH
Top sales producer for post and beam home manufacturer

non profit

Education: FOUNDER, volunteer and fundraiser

1985-2000

BEDFORD CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL, Bedford, NH
School board campaigns, kearsarge youth hockey

1999-2000

CHAIRMAN AND INCORPORATOR, FAMILIES IN TRANSITION

1993-1999

Manchester, NH
The states largest transitional housing

PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, GREATER MANCHESTER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

1990-1993

Manchester, NH

1985-1988

DEVELOPMENT CHAIR & VICE CHAIRMAN NATIONAL BOARD

1984-1992

Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Established 1 million dollar endowment creating chair for women’s health
Lobbied in Congress for the first Women’s Health Initiative

EDUCATION

  • Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Harvard University
  • Simmons Graduate School of Management

AWARDS

  • National Association of Home Builders Sales and Marketing Awards (numerous)