Welcome to Bainbridge Island Our forests Our beach playgrounds Nearby Port Madison Our biggest trees Sept 2016, meeting our land Feb 2017: The driveway goes in Our namesake, a large silver rock unearthed Looking north from the south end of the property Silver rock A path to the cedar circle building site pre-clearing Sun in the forest Salal blossoms The teeny tiniest mushroom Chanterelle? April 2017: Salmon Berry blossoms Vanilla Leaf Fungi! Oregon Grape Blossoms Snags, home for lots of critters old and new Trails around the property Invasive English ivy Septic siting Looking north into the adjacent meadow Looking down the driveway "Construction men" June 2017: The clearing begins Big machine small child Play structure Looking north from the meadow Our future floors and walls June 2017: off to the mill Done for now! July 2017: The design evolves View south from the kitchen into the meadow July 2017: logs being milled Boys taking great interest Here comes another Here are our floors, 8 logs worth More logs to go! August 2017: picking salmon berries Lunch Running on the trails Surveying the scene September 2017: Wood delivery before the rain comes The truck couldn't get it into the garage Friends come to help... We got the wood inside! Thank you friends! Dec 2017: Winter light through the forest More impressive machines appear Future kitchen cabinets, tree comes down to make room for the well digging rigs Ready for gravel Here is the gravel, we are ready for well drilling Jan 2018: Well drilling equipment is here Let's drill this well success...220 feet down Spring is here Fire Proofing, removing dead limbs and windfall from the woods Meanwhile, our garage has turned into a Kiln Fan runs 24/7, gradually removing moisture from the wood Moisture meter: slow drying avoids extra costs Salvage Find! 12 solid wood knotty alder doors from a salvage yard Beautiful Salvaged Marble Slab Enough marble for our bathrooms Salvage Quartz, for the mudrom April 2018 May 2018: Remember me? The Alder and Cedar cut down a couple months back future siding and cabinetry, drying out in the sun Hazard Trees Come Down, Done With Clearing June 2018: Boy Seeks Best View Excavating for the Foundation Our on-site office We salvaged solar panels that were heading to the landfill more panels disassembly moving panels off roof They work! Salvaged exterior doors. Frames go in for foundation footings Child inspects the work The 50 foot long wood shed is taking shape A composting toilet on site wood shavings instead of toxic blue liquid Brant Explains the system Jason Lear comes to inspect the work The Kitchen and Main Living Area Take Shape One Thumb Up Rearranging the wood shed view from SE corner Dirt! View from the NW corner Boys in Awe West Side footings Foundation for the Hall of Life East Side of the House August: Stem Wall Forms Go Up West Half of House East Half of House Garage Foundation Drainage Pipe SIREWALL Base Pouring the Base Sending Love into the House The form goes up South side of the SIREWALL Ingredients: Cement, Rock, Sand Brant shows J how to Ram Earth J helping build the wall Jason Lear and J inspect the work Jason Lear taking it in... A Great Team! Floors! SIREWALL waits out the rain October 15th 2018 SIREWALL unveiled Taking off forms Having some fun North facade Entrance to Hall Framing continues on south side Reclaimed beams go up over porch View from the East Main Living area Master Suite View down the Hall of Life South Facade rafters go up framing in the main living area The Main living room letting in sun The Hall of Life master bedroom wing January 2019: Done with framing...next up: roof Gutex insulation arrives Layering exterior insulation to prevent air gaps J and Brant east end of house west end of house February 2019: first layer of house wrap goes on SNOW snow is heavy...there goes the wood shed/tent not much construction going on At the end of the Hall of Life natures beauty on display South face of Living room living room windows east side of house master bedroom wing looking across the courtyard view from the future window seat From inside the master Shou Sugi Ban siding against windows March 2019: Cedar siding goes up March 2019: South face First day of spring Wood heading to the mill Thanks wood...we love you too site milled alder cabinet door prototype garage preparing for roofing installation Shou Sugi Ban Goes up on bedroom wing Metal Roofing is up East side Shou Sugi Ban site work south siding view from meadow kitchen and main living area April 2019 Siding on the Garage Roof nearing completion bedroom wing siding interior plumbing rough-in Master Bath Tub nook insulating the great room Insulation goes in leach field continued... continued... Operation restoration: Sala and Mahonia Mahonia Nervosa planting around path continued... Floor protection goes down Drywall goes up in entry hall Office Main living area Salvaged Old Growth Fir Front Door painting the hall countertops cleaning concrete final painting almost done built-ins the tub! closets a functional kitchen future window seat main living area covered outdoor living room the Hall of Life fun art in the powder room the loft play loft looking into living area looking down from loft laundry folding area outside mudroom children's library our favorite chair view to the meadow dining area and kitchen let's cook!