The process of designing a custom home is primarily listening for clues and revealing a dream. This dream house is a retreat on a secluded parcel in southern Albemarle County. The homeowner wanted an oasis to get away from all the turbulence of daily life, a place to rest and relax enjoying nature. The craftsman-influenced style sits neatly at the back of an open field that will become an orchard over time. The colors and materials of the structure allow it to blend into the backdrop of the site. Ease of access and low maintenance is key when creating a home for a lifetime and this one embraces that concept leaving the homeowner plenty of time to develop his oasis.