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A Bowl. A House.

The void, the empty space in the middle, defines a bowl.  And the look, the aesthetics, the material defines the bowl. One aspect cannot be discussed without the other, yet they are distinct parts of the whole. And they have distinct roles.  Separate halves of the...

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You Gotta Go Down to Go Up

The phrase “build on a good foundation” is so common as to almost be meaningless. What is a good foundation? Simple—A solid foundation fully supports the structure above. And not so simple. A New York tower requires a more substantial foundation than a single-family...

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Time is Time

Building a house does not happen overnight. From the purchase of a lot to turning the key in the front door to move-in, there are a host of seemingly endless steps to complete.  In the end, it is all worth it.  You have YOUR house, The house is not someone else’s idea...

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January 2016

When I looked out the window, I saw two skiers gliding down the middle of Burma Road toward the homes in Parkland Terrace. The road is separated from the kitchen by a thin row of trees and the skiers appeared and disappeared as they kicked and glided down the road....

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Nesting

Outside my office window a northern flicker raps on the metal chimney cap next door. Ratta tap tap tap tap. Ratta tap tap tap tap. After wintering down south, he’s returned to Canada, to Fernie, to summer. It is spring. He’s trying to attract a mate. Then the two of...

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Idyllic

Burma Road Estates lies on the lower flank of Mt. Fernie on the river bench just above the Elk River. A mature mix of meadow and woodland with a southeast acing aspect, the sun touches this land first every morning. The views run unobstructed from the Three Sisters to...

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Light on the Land

The snow melted in town over a month ago. Lawns receiving a third cut already. And folks are thinking about houses. ‘Tis the season. At the upper end of the land offerings, a string of one-acre lots running across the base of Mt. Fernie offered by Burma Road Estates....

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Tabula Rasa

Often the empty page or the blank slate becomes daunting, foreboding. How do I start? What is the correct first stroke? Building a home from scratch, from the bare ground to moving in and cooking your first meal is even more daunting. The process combines the talents...

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Size Matters

Burma Road Estates Open House Sunday July 24, 10 to 2 Size matters, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If it didn’t matter, everyone would be giving away the farm unbroken, not parsing it out in little postage stamp sized building lots. A standard city lot is 60’ by...

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The First Stake

stake: verb 1 . support (a tree or plant) with a stake or stakes. 2 . mark an area with stakes so as to claim ownership of it. Staking a house (or a claim) is an ancient tradition. From the earliest times man used markers to define the bounds of a claimed territory....

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