A look at a home construction project on Orcas Island, WA as the framing is being built.
Category Archive: Building Flattop
House plans are not written in stone. Achieving what you want requires constant edits and course corrections and it’s best to catch them in advance.
As the foundation was poured on the new house, I learned about concrete in construction and the history of lime production in the San Juan Islands.
The first big phase of the house building project was the foundation and starting then, the house took on a realistic form and shape.
A few notes on the house project and our plans, as is was coming together in 2019.
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. I’ve planted trees like Japanese maples and fast-growing conifers at every house I’ve owned. I think of them as semi-permanent fixtures that slowly improve the property and provide shade, privacy,...
To make room for the new house, big trees had to be removed and I was sad to see them go but found ways to use them.
The demolition of the yurt-shaped house did not disappoint. Within days it was gone and the construction could begin.
To begin construction, we first had to demolish our yurt-shaped house on Orcas Island and that meant saying goodbye.
To afford the construction project, we had to think big in terms of changes and that meant considering what we could keep and what we could remove from the design.
When we saw the construction estimate, we knew we had to change course and small changes weren’t enough. This was the path we took.
After all our design work, this was the day where we saw the estimate for the house we wanted to build. It didn’t go well.
As soon as decided to build, we called John, an architect, to get his help. This is how the design phase started.
Finding a builder on Orcas Island can be a challenge. In the end, we made it happen the old fashioned way: by showing up.
One of the challenges of building a new home was finding a place to rent for 18 months or more. This is how we did it.
Any big project comes down to relationships. This is especially true for couples who are working together on their own house project. It helps if you share a brain.
In the summer of 2019, the biggest project of our lives commenced. We had everything in place to build a custom home on Orcas Island.
We bought a yurt-shaped house on Orcas Island and have never looked back. This is what we were thnking at the time…
In 2017, we bought a house on Orcas Island that had 15 sides and was circular like a yurt. What it lacked in quality, it made up for in shabby charm.
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. In June of 2017, Sachi and I left Seattle for a camping trip and came home with an idea we assumed would blow over. Surely, time and debate would see it whither. Surely. We started the trip with...