Maine builder Jim Bahoosh will give a free public lecture on small houses Friday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

The presentation will focus on the design and construction of small homes; and ways to efficiently utilize space to achieve a healthy indoor environment. Bahoosh also will 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 Down East Magazine and the Bangor Daily News. He has spoken at the Common Ground Fair, the Maine Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference and on Maine Public Radio. He produces and hosts “The Sustainable House Sketchbook” on WERU Community Radio.

Currently, Bahoosh constructs homes ranging from 500 to 1000 square feet, 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, 338-8049.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or