When planning out the house it was a no-brainer that we wanted to make it as energy efficient as possible. We made it a priority to get high quality windows, heating system, and insulation. Our electric boiler hasn’t found it’s way to Alaska yet, but … Continue reading The Pink House is Hot Hot Hot
It’s been a very busy autumn. A number of you have been asking me to update the blog, but I’ve been so busy I’ve hardly found the time to add new pics to the slideshow. Lucky for you I’m having a sleepless night. Here we … Continue reading Progress Roundup Autumn 2010
We are working on the house full steam without reservation. Thank you to all our friends, family, neighbors, Juneauites, and Alaskan Community who came out or spoke up on our behalf. The Conditional Use Permit was granted, and now it’s up to us. I’ve been … Continue reading Chugging Right Along
Back when Basin Road was known as Basin Cart Road, this photo was taken of the Dull family outside their modest home. They’re sitting at what is now a fenced off area next to the parking lot, but what used to be the town water … Continue reading The Original Pink House
After what seemed like a long meeting (and a longer past four weeks), the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve our Conditional Use Permit. This means we can continue construction, on the *whole* house, as designed, starting right now.
It is clear that our neighbors are losing a cherished view. This view, above our old house and past the 10-foot setback, was one they came to love, but don’t own. As they put it in their public statement, one day they got out of bed and instead of the view there was the side of our roof.
Their emotion doesn’t let them see that any house built to modern code on our lot would take away that view. Instead, as shown in the pic in my previous post, the only view they have any legitimate claim over is the one within that 10-foot setback which is filtered by a tree, and as the Planning Commission agreed, the loss of which is not excessive.
Outside of the setback our zoning height limit is 35-feet. Had we sold the lot, any developer would probably have gone higher than what we built, which is only up to 23-feet. And any single family home, with code heighted ceilings, would block the neighbor’s view. Through the city’s code there’s no recourse for anyone wanting to prevent a neighbor from building as high as zoning allows.
It gave me no pleasure to hear our neighbors speak, and I truly feel bad that the needs of my family negatively effect another. It’s not fair that a fire burned the Basin Road house, not fair that it destroyed ours, and not fair that it took another neighbor’s view. But the fact is, the view they cherished is outside of the setback, not part of the equation, and would be blocked by any new structure on the lot.
Keeping my emotions together at the meeting was difficult, especially seeing how many people came out to support us. The room was full of friendly faces, many of whom spoke in our favor. And even more of you signed our letters and wrote your own letters to the Commission. I could tell they read them and the community outpouring certainly made a difference.
So thank you all and we’re looking forward to getting this show back on the road! 🙂
This is what my neighbor said to me when expressing his disappointment about what our house does to their view. Incredulous at their opposition to our plight, I asked if they wanted me to put a miner’s cabin back on the lot and their reply … Continue reading Hope you enjoy your new view, we sure have for the last 35 years.
It’s not really an “artist’s” rendition. It’s just me using Photoshop to color in the plans. Nevertheless, here is what the designed house will look like as you see it from the street: Not pictured: cedar shingle siding. As you can see from the latest … Continue reading Artist’s Rendition
Once Alan and team got a plumb/level square on top of the wonky foundation, they framed the external walls in a matter of days. Now we’re looking on to framing the internal walls, the roof, siding, windows, and then some. Also, I’d just like to … Continue reading There is now the unmistakable shape of a house on our property
The “work site” has been sooty for over a year now. Most of the debris is gone, but the smell of soggy ash remains. But now there’s a new smell mixing in: fresh lumber. And let me tell you this: it smells damn good! Once … Continue reading The Smell of Fresh Wood is Music to My Nose
Once the old foundation was cut according to plan, plumbing was laid and concrete poored over it. Talk about installations you can’t adjust once they’re done! Then the real fun began: This buttress wall serves multiple purposes. Since it’s perpendicular to the rear foundation retaining … Continue reading Progress: Buttress Wall