Another addition to the BrightBuilt Home family of designers, and we could not be more excited to introduce Sara Cooper as our Operating and Marketing Assistant! Although Sara's origin by Maine definition are 'from-away,' she by no means needs an orientation to vacationland having been a transplant for some years now. Sara has already excelled in the face of everything admin for BrightBuilt and we are confident she will continue to impress. As a way to get to know her better, and to introduce her to our growing BrightBuilt team, we thought we'd ask Sara some of our signature questions!
Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from, where have you been, and how did you get here?
I was born in the Bay Area of California and lived all over the state before deciding to relocate to the East Coast. Originally studying physics at Cal Berkeley magically lead to a career in operations management, which has been a delightful and fulfilling trajectory. It’s been a joy to work in an area that has allowed me to meet so many different people in varying fields, from athletics to coworking to architecture. I have now been fortunate enough to call Portland home for the past 7 years and am truly delighted to be joining the team at BrightBuilt Home, where a shared value of sustainability thrives.
Why is Net Zero building important to you?
Sustainable housing options are incredibly important to me, as well as working toward making those options accessible and plentiful as we are faced with the reality of our impact on the planet and each other. Growing awareness around Net Zero building is a huge priority for me, both professionally and personally.
If given the option, which BrightBuilt design would you build and move into tomorrow?
It was love at first sight for me and the Little Diamond. The modern twist on the New England Cape design is beautiful, and the open and airy interior feels so bright and welcoming. I can envision the warmth of dinner parties, the coziness of reading a book by the fireplace, and the delight at the view into a garden from those gorgeous windows!
If the BrightBuilt Home team were to become stranded on a remote island, what role would you take on to ensure everyone’s survival?
I would absolutely be the librarian/photographer. Documenting the stories and experiences of the team for future remote island castaways (or older versions of ourselves – who knows how long we’ll be stranded!) would be right up my alley. The scouts will need a place to keep their maps of the island and the foragers will want to have a record of where they found food. And when my camera battery fails, I’ll switch to sketching!
A new sitcom about the daily antics of the BrightBuilt team has been picked up by all of the major networks. Who is cast as you?
Probably June Diane Raphael. We share of love of dry humor and a side-part.
You have figured out how to place a BrightBuilt home anywhere; not just in terms of geographic location, but rather, on, under, over, inside, on top of, or beside anything. Where is the first place you set one?
Right on top of the ocean, just off the coast of Bodega Bay. I’d love to have a place that’s close to my friends and family back home, and that spot is one of my favorite places on earth.
And most importantly: What fashion trend did you use to rock that you now wish you could delete from your past?
Ah, everyone’s favorite, the platform flip-flop. My ankles still haven’t recovered.