Making Something From Nothing

Sonia Thompson

Splinter Creek's founder is featured in Authority Magazine in an article titled "Making Something From Nothing: Ellen Leake Of Splinter Creek On How To Go From Idea To Launch."

Splinter Creek founder Ellen Leake (center) with her two daughters Blair (left) and Elizabeth. The community is both a family business and an intergenerational residence (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

The interview is part of the magazine's ongoing series " “Making Something From Nothing” and highlights the beginning of Splinter Creek as an idea to the community it has grown into today.

Leake and the writer, Fotis Georgiadis, cover lots of ground, including Leake's list of five things she wishes someone had told her when first starting out -- "Be authentic. This is especially true in telling your story and we’ve found the best way to be successful is by managing our own communications — on social media, our website and in our newsletter," -- to the books that resonate with her most.

"Do all you can to understand the costs. We are accidental developers, and we didn’t know what we didn’t know. We now know building lakes is very expensive. It was often difficult to peel back all the layers of expense, especially the cost of infrastructure." -- Ellen Leake in Authority Magazine (photo by Elizabeth Keckler).

Find the full Authority Magazine interview here, and email info@splintercreekms.com to learn more about our 650-acre conservation community with three spring-fed lakes and rolling pine forest.

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