Adhering to Mother Theresa's principle of doing “small things with great love,” local contractor Jim Bahoosh builds small, efficient homes ranging in size from 500 to 1,000 square feet.

Bahoosh will give a free public lecture about his "great love" at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. His presentation will focus on the design and construction of small homes and ways to use space efficiently to live comfortably and 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 Republican Journal, “Down East Magazine ” and other publications. He has spoken at the Common Ground Fair, the Maine Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference, and on Maine Public Radio. He also produces and hosts “The Sustainable House Sketchbook” on WERU Community Radio.

For more information on the lecture or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 338-8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online at hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.