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.
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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.
When we decided to leave Seattle and move to Orcas Island, it made sense to us, but people always asked why. This is my explanation.
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.
You might assume that living on an island creates a sense of community and that’s true for most people. We found one that wasn’t feeling it.
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.
A couple pretending to have fun at a silent disco made me question what I share online and how to make it more authentic.
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.
Change has a way of forcing you to reevaluate your life. Leaving Seattle and moving to an island offered me a chance to think about how I could change.
Orcas Island is known for whale watching and specifically killer whales. Yet, the name Orcas Island has nothing to do with the whales. Here’s the history…
Moving is a chore for most people. But there are people like Sachi for whom it is a challenge that comes with great satisfaction. This is why.
We made a big decision to sell our home, leave Seattle, and move to a rural island off the coast of Washington. This is what we were thinking.
After a year of renovation, the Hunter House finally became more real and we became more and more excited to see, and live in, the final product.
The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. There is something undeniably romantic about having a second place and that romanticism is not lost on us. We dreamt about having a place on Orcas Island and in purchasing the Yurt, we got to see it...