We are Niels and Jen, the bloggers behind de Jong Dream House. We are an international family who write about building and living in an earth-friendly, energy-efficient, universally-designed home. We started building our house in July of 2011 and moved home in February of 2012.
Now that the boxes are unpacked, our blog is focused less on construction details and more on how we are making our house a home. Our current projects include DIY décor, projects with our preschooler, green cleaning, organizational tips, living with a brain injury, and (mostly) healthy recipes.
Niels (pronounced "kneels") grew up in the Netherlands, and moved to the United States in 2003. He is a Senior Systems Analyst for a global transporation company and the brains behind all the technical posts and building terms on this site. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling around the world, building train tracks and Lego projects with our son, eating Jen's meals, playing with techie toys, and the fact that he doesn't have to work out or skip his daily bowl of ice cream to maintain his figure.
You can contact Niels at email@example.com.
Jen is an American who was a marketing director and professional writer before being sidelined with a traumatic brain injury in 2004. Her new career as a wife and mom is very fulfilling...and exhausting! She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling around the world, playing with her Nikon 3100, chasing the 4-year-old around with her camera, experimenting in her beautiful new kitchen making dairy-free meals and goodies from scratch, asking Niels for help with projects, getting our new home organized, learning to sew and use her Cameo, and giving Niels grief than he doesn't have to work out or skip his daily bowl of ice cream to maintain his figure.
You can contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are building your own new home or making your house a cozy home, we hope you make yourself comfortable here. And if you like what you read and would like to keep up with us, please subscribe to our blog, follow us on Facebook, and/or check us out on Pinterest.