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Last Post 08/19/2013 08:25 PM by christopher behrens. 22 Replies.
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huckleberry

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08/08/2013 08:19 PM
I've been up here in the mountains of Washington State for about 4 and a half months, building our house.

Just finishing up the exterior, minus a few details which will happen after I finish off the interior next Summer.

Ready to go back to SF for a while and recharge.

Check out the building blog if you have a moment - a few cycling posts in there ; )

http://balkyhill.blogspot.com/

Chris
Dale

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08/08/2013 09:04 PM
Chris, I'm interested in a vacation/ retirement place and totally dig not just what you've built but the location-- beautiful.

Do you mind a question or two? How many square feet? and are you the GC on the project and doing most of the work yourself?

Thanks,
-dale
huckleberry

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08/08/2013 09:42 PM
Dale -

Ask away ; )

It's 1600 sq. ft. I have done all the work except for the excavation and foundation work.

The Methow Valley is an amazing place - lots of recreation with excellent mountain, cross(fire roads), and road biking.

Chris
Dale

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08/08/2013 09:53 PM
Pretty open floor plan?
Is this going to be a full time residence for you or a second home/ vacation home?

I've looked at so many floor plans/ small home designs that my brain goes numb at times, but think about that size would be perfect for me-- open floor plan, two bedroom, loft, garage, and a small workshop close by.
Oldfart

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08/08/2013 10:37 PM
That's awesome huck. You don't happen to know a couple of Canadians from Whistler building a house in Methow do you?
huckleberry

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08/08/2013 11:20 PM
Very open floor plan - spent a lot of time designing it, even though in the end the design is quite simple.

Two bedrooms, two baths with a detached garage with a separated workout room.

We will be moving in full time in two years.

OF - I haven't had time to meet many new people this Summer, so no, but would enjoy meeting some Canadians ; )
Spud

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08/09/2013 06:48 AM
Chris, such a beautiful spot you have there. Just curious as to what the pitch of that roof is?
Entheo

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08/09/2013 06:55 AM
very cool! on a much smaller scale i'm building a wood burning barrel sauna on the back of my property.
THE SKINNY

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08/09/2013 08:56 AM
that is nice. a house like that would hit all my happy places.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
bobswire

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08/09/2013 09:05 AM
Well done Renaissance Man. I like it,smart,practical,fits the environment well.
huckleberry

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08/09/2013 09:27 AM
Thanks so much, guys!

Spud - the pitch is 1:12 - 14" I-Joists 16" OC, sitting on parallel 6x12 Glulams with a mechanically seamed metal roof designed for low slopes. No worries about the snow load.

I built the garage last Summer which is basically a smaller 1 story version of this house, minus the bump-out, so I was able to have a smaller test with myself, materials, and building techniques involved - except for the double walls which I built into the house for the larger insulation cavity - 11", which will put me close to R60 in the walls.
jmdirt

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08/09/2013 09:39 AM
Nice Huck!

I love the Methow Valley but with every passing year I like cold weather a little less so if I ever move from Boise it will be south. I have an uncle who has acres near Winthrop and Chelan but he spends most of his time at his condo in Leavenworth.
THE SKINNY

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08/09/2013 09:41 AM
low maintenance & high efficiency plus killer views. solar panels?
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
huckleberry

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08/09/2013 09:54 AM
JM - I hear you on the cold, and getting older ; )

Skinny - solar panels will be dictated by what is left in the budget at the end of the build - would really like to incorporate them as we have excellent Southern exposure.
huckleberry

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08/09/2013 09:55 AM
Here's last Summer's build - the garage...

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