My Houzz: A Rustic US Home Designed to Withstand Bushfires
It’s only a few hours’ drive from Seattle, USA, but the Methow Valley on the eastern side of the Cascade mountains in Washington state feels like a different world. The beautiful valley gets ample snow in winter, making it a destination for cross-country skiers and other snow sports. In summer, the area gets very dry, and hikers and mountain bikers enjoy kilometres of connected trails.
Colin and Alisa Sands and their three kids, who all hail from Washington’s western shore, built a second home here to enjoy all the valley has to offer. But with the area’s dry climate in summer comes the risk of bushfires, so adhering to fire-wise design principles was a must. For help, the Sands hired builder and friend Justin Hamlin of Impel Construction, who suggested they bring on architect Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest Architects. After seeing Nelson’s previous projects on Houzz, the couple knew he was the right person to create a modern-rustic dream home that would last for generations.