This wonderful off-grid home near Ward is a one-of-a-kind. Following principles of sacred geometry and being in the shape of a cross, this cathedral-like home is a post-and-beam straw bale home using trees harvested right on-site for all the posts, and rough-sawn douglas fir for all the beams. Myself and my team of carpenters and laborers did all the foundation work, all framing and carpentry, we designed and built the roof pinnacle as well as the double stairway inside the house, installed all the radiant heat tubing on both floors, and the entire plumbing and septic system including the leach field. It is a 100% off-grid home with a 2700W solar array.
Start date to move-in was 9 months. This wasn’t “finished,” but the owners needed to actually move in as soon as possible, which they were able to do. It is still a work in-progress, but we do whatever a client needs, or doesn’t need, us to do. The budget required us to follow a very strict process that did what was minimally required by code for a person to receive their Certificate of Occupancy, and move in. This meant that the money in the budget was extremely tight, and could be used for these minimum requirements only. And at 9000’ elevation, the building “season” is fairly short, and we had to get the final coats of stucco done on the outside before the first freeze. We broke ground in the spring as soon as the ground thawed some, and we had the stucco on by beginning of October. Then we worked inside only on what was required by County codes.