Just a leap of faith.
Nestled at the edge of a gulch, I find the Maui home of this particular Scotsman, Richard Imrie, who moved his entire family here from New York City in the mid 90s. Their plans back then? “Never a plan! Just a leap of faith!” says Pippa, his wife. “We wanted to live the dream Maui lifestyle. Richard had had the property for a while and wanted to build something on it.” So they did. Richard, the patron, an avid windsurfer and sailor, is pretty gifted in building and designing houses (and fixing those classic cars the family clan is driving). “Back then,” recalls Pippa, “we were living off the grid with catchment water and a generator and a few solar panels.
Sometimes electricity was a bit of a problem. Especially doing homework with the kids by a dim light bulb was a challenge! But we had enough to eat, our chickens in the garden and plenty of wind to dry laundry. It was an adventure!”