Living on a Precipice
The challenge to building this house was the site. It is situated on a steeply sloping lot overlooking the Little River. The owners bought two adjacent lots, one with an existing 1970s chalet that we upgraded with a new kitchen and bath, new floors in the basement, and new staircases. We also removed the fireplace. In order to build the new house we acted as the owners’ representative and collaborated with surveyors, civil engineers, and town officers to achieve adequate setbacks and a building site that was feasible to build on. In the process our ideas were able to save over $20,000 on foundation costs by proposing and working out the details of a supplemental retaining wall system. The dramatic three-level home has modern touches on the inside—natural wood for both the partial Douglas fir timber frame and main living area trim, Brazilian cherry floors, polished concrete floors, and exotic tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. A screened porch is outfitted for grilling and the patio is situated for outdoor creek-side dining.