About Mike Raymond
Mike grew up in a household where there was always a garage of shop tools and a father that not only built their houses, but could do or fix just about anything. His father earned extra money for the family trips by building custom cabinets and doing small remodels on the weekends. Mike learned from an early age how to work with tools and figure out how to solve multi-trade problems.
Like many other Vietnam veterans, he went through a variety of jobs before settling in to building custom homes in the Puget Sound area for over 25 years. Not wanting to retire completely, and having followed the development of the shepherd hut movement in England since 1990, he decided that building huts would be the ideal way to continue using his tools and experience in a more personal way. For their fortieth anniversary, Mike and Michelle went again back to England and Scotland (where they were married) with the idea of not only visiting their friends of the last 25-30 years but visiting and talking with several long term hut builders. Several of them have wrestled with the idea of how to enter the North American market since the cost of shipping a hut would be prohibitive for most people, and yet they would often get queries from Americans or Canadians.
Asked about his view of building shepherd huts, Mike commented “In retrospect, it”s surprising to see how all of the decisions and things you’ve done in life have lead you to a point where you may actually be doing the most interesting and satisfying work in your life. There are enough challenges and quality demands to keep both the mind and body satisfied as well as helping to bring awareness of a wonderful housing form to a whole new audience”.