Maine builder Jim Bahoosh finds happiness in small houses

Belfast, Maine – “Do small things with great love,” advocated Mother Theresa, and that’s the principle Maine builder Jim Bahoosh exemplifies in every small house he constructs.

Bahoosh will give a free public lecture at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Friday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m. –7 p.m. His presentation will focus on the design and construction of small homes, and ways to efficiently utilize space to achieve a healthy indoor environment. He will also provide information to help people decide whether a small house is a good fit for them.

Inspired by the PBS program “This Old House,” Bahoosh began working in construction in 1983 and bought and restored his first old home a year later. In 1994, he began constructing new homes that embody the look and feel of traditional New England architecture.

Bahoosh and his small homes have been featured in the Bangor Daily News and “Down East Magazine.” He has spoken at the Common Ground Fair, the Maine Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference, and on Maine Public Radio. Additionally, he produces and hosts “The Sustainable House Sketchbook” on WERU Community Radio.

Currently, Bahoosh constructs homes ranging from 500 to 1000 square feet and noting that he “builds homes that are as easy to live in as they are lovely.”

For more information on the lecture or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online (

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The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master’s degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit