the ledge on which the house is built is covered with blueberry, juniper, and other native ground covers. Parapets on three sides preserve the illusion of a flat roof, which is actually pitched slightly to shed water.
the stairway of southern yellow pine (above) is a concession to budget, says
Cadigan, who wanted it done in cherry. As the floor plans below indicate, it leads
from the lower-level entryway to the upper-level living, dining, and kitchen area.
1 wood storage
3 half bath
One conceit Norelius tries to work into every design is a sense of
surprise, no easy task in a house both small and spartan. But the mystery begins as soon as one enters through the front door. Faced with
a long and narrow hallway, there is no clear indication of where to
go. Then, after a moment, the light shaft of the second-level stairway
extends a subtle invitation.
Now two years complete, the grounds surrounding Cadigan’s
and Montgomery’s live-in sculpture no longer bear the evidence of
construction. The blueberries and huckleberries are in fruit and wildflowers are in the last riot of late summer bloom. Cadigan, pointing to
a tall, weathered white pine just to the west of the house, says, “When
a pair of bald eagles nest in that tree, the house will be finished.”