Once free of the foundation, the home was expertly moved down the slope to the waterfront and loaded onto a barge and floated up to the new property on San Juan Island.
The existing house is now comfortably sitting on a new foundation and the small amount of restoration work is underway. The family will enjoy a ‘new’ island vacation home that will feel completely familiar and comfortable.
HOW TO MOVE A HOUSE
Alongside of Toth Construction, who is currently building the new home on the property, the site was prepped, the china and silver were stowed in the cabinets and the house was lifted off of the foundation.
A DIFFERENT SET OF PERMITS
The home owners engaged Nickel Brothers, a specialty contractor whose expertise is moving structures. Nickel Brothers and Gelotte Hommas Architects went to work coming up with a barging plan and the necessary permits to move the house.
An authentic gravel autocourt greets the owners after a calming drive down the driveway through the mature trees and forest on the property. An entry court is accented with a quiet water feature and park-like benches.
Once the existing house was safely removed from the Hunts Point property, Toth construction went straight to work and is currently building the new 7,000 SF custom home.
The design inspiration for the home is traditional English manors, found throughout England and Wales. Steeply sloping roofs, stone exteriors, custom bronze-clad wood windows decorate this estate quality home.
The construction of the new home is underway. Upon arriving at the custom nine-foot wood door, visitors are greeted in a two story entry way flanked by a grand stair to the upper floor and the owners library that will also hold a notable collection of native American art.
Once inside, the view to the lake is obvious and the entry way spills out directly to the gallery hallway and formal living and dining room. This room, bookended on each end with masonry fireplaces, is graced with ten foot tall ceilings and stunning wood doors leading out to the waterside covered patio and terrace.
A PLACE ALL YOUR OWN
Upstairs, two guest rooms and an exercise room provide plenty of space for the grown children and grandchildren to stay. At one end of the gallery hallway, the owners have a master suite that is a retreat unto itself.
Outfitted with a gracious master bedroom and separate his and hers master bathrooms, the owners have a place all to themselves. A sauna and an outdoor spa top off the amenities included with the master suite.
At the other end of the gallery hallway, the family room and kitchen have reclaimed beams in the vaulted ceilings, a large breakfasting table and another masonry fireplace to keep the occupants warm and cozy.
Just off the well-appointed kitchen is a cozy covered patio that accommodates a bistro table, BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven…everything needed to host a family gathering. It turns out that the children, while now all grown up with children of their own, still love to come over and be together as family.
With the gracious features of this new custom home, the family will be able to make a whole new list of memories together.
First words, first holidays, first steps. So many memories are made in the homes we raise our families in. For this Hunts Point family, they had lived in and raised their children in their home for more than 30 years.
Principals Eric Drivdahl and Curtis Gelotte worked with the home owners on the options to save the existing house and reuse it elsewhere.
THE DESIGN TEAM
Projected Completion: 2015
Principal: Eric Drivdahl
Project Manager: Brie Nakamura
Builder: Toth Construction
Structural: Dibble Engineers
Landscaping: Garden Architecture
Photography: Gelotte Hommas Architecture
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