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Home made from shipping containers

By on September 27, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Home made from shipping containers

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy It seems simple in theory. Buy some shipping containers, stack ’em on top of one another, stick ’em together, cut some holes and Voila! You have a super-sturdy, affordable low-maintenance home. And … Continue reading

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Luxury living condensed in new home

By on August 29, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Luxury living condensed in new home

Home Tour house aims at downsizing owners who want the finer things and all the ‘now’ tech Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Accomplished veteran builders work long seasons every year to house Wenatchee’s growing population, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Warm Springs Inn and Winery: A labor of love and a peaceful haven

By on July 25, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Warm Springs Inn and Winery:  A labor of love and a peaceful haven

            By Susan Lagsdin Warm Springs Inn and Winery is easy to like, hard to forget. A traveler seeking respite from city stresses feels immediate peace after turning on Lower Sunnyslope’s Love Lane, then driving … Continue reading

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BIG house, big IDEAS

By on June 28, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
BIG house, big IDEAS

Story By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Nathan Coons Kelly Chambers anticipates delighting her sibling’s several kids (she calls them “the littles”): keep ’em in the top-floor bunkhouse together and feed them well — mascarpone-stuffed French toast with blackberry syrup, anyone? … Continue reading

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Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

By on May 31, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy OK. Ground rules. When describing tiny houses in general, and these featured ones specifically, it is illegal to use the word “cute” more than once OR to proclaim, “I could totally live … Continue reading

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The grand old Wells House hosts a grand new beginning — thanks to hard working volunteers

By on April 26, 2017 in Featured Homes with 2 Comments
The grand old Wells House hosts a grand new  beginning — thanks to hard working volunteers

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Overheard in the Wells House foyer, April 5, 4 p.m.: Project manager Kris Bassett: “Um… it’s been raining pretty hard for a few days. I was there yesterday, but…” Volunteer Bob Otis, … Continue reading

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‘Relatively’ speaking, this retirement spot is paradise

By on March 28, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
‘Relatively’ speaking, this retirement spot is paradise

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Bob and April Adamson love to tell the story of a critical friend who looked askance at the big prow front window wall of their new house. “But why? Why would you … Continue reading

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Couple’s new home embodies their sensible earth-friendly ethic of re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose

By on February 22, 2017 in Featured Homes with 3 Comments
Couple’s new home embodies their sensible  earth-friendly ethic of re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Tom and Jean Lehecka know how to live small. Numerous Air Force postings together in their long marriage — and Jean herself has moved 29 times — taught them to discard the … Continue reading

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The get-away ski cabin that became a home

By on January 25, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The get-away ski cabin that became a home

Story by Susan Lagsdin • Photos by Donna Cassidy Brian and Teresa Platt’s place is not a “ski house” just because it’s five minutes from the chair lift. Or because it’s got the iconic beams and slanty snow roof of … Continue reading

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A dream, an old pick-up truck and plenty of grit built house without a mortgage

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A dream, an old pick-up truck and plenty of grit built house without a mortgage

Story By Lief Carlsen Photos by donna cassidy A few people are fortunate enough to inherit a house. Most homeowners, however, acquire their homes the hard way — they take out a 20- or 30-year mortgage and, payment-by-payment, buy their … Continue reading

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Real mountain dreams and a faux log cabin

By on September 28, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Real mountain dreams and a faux log cabin

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy When Mike Mallory retired from Southwest Airlines after flying for 36 years and sought the perfect site for his permanent home, he exhibited the focused precision that made him a safe pilot … Continue reading

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The Whaley Mansion redo

By on July 27, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The Whaley  Mansion redo

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Last July, the crew doing repairs on Diane Wainhouse’s newly-purchased B&B hastily watered down the roof with garden hoses as flames raced up the steep hillside about a quarter mile to the … Continue reading

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Home with a view — and a place for the grand piano

By on April 27, 2016 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Home with a  view  — and a place for the  grand piano

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Brian and Sara Bowe, who happily settled into their new East Wenatchee home last December, didn’t have too many extraordinary requests of their construction team: lots of light in every room, plenty … Continue reading

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High, wide and handsome house on the hill

By on January 27, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
High, wide and handsome house on the hill

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Travis Knoop With all the hillsides, ridges and cliffs throughout the greater Wenatchee Valley, there are lots of view properties. But it takes some serious altitude to claim you have a really panoramic vista. … Continue reading

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Do-it-yourselfer builds a KIT HOME

By on September 30, 2015 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments

By Susan Lagsdin Jason Hess is a full-time Seattle firefighter, not a builder. But while his wife Joanna and three children lived in a rental in a Wenatchee neighborhood, he constructed their 1,900-square-foot house, five miles up Squilchuck Canyon on … Continue reading

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Chelan d’Azur house

By on July 29, 2015 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Chelan d’Azur house

Story by Susan Lagsdin The image of Chris Gurke sitting alone at a French café table has influenced this family’s home life more than she and her husband Jim ever dreamed. Six years ago, on a brief jaunt to Provence … Continue reading

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Our France house

By on April 28, 2015 in Articles, Featured Homes, Travel with 0 Comments
Our France house

By Maureen Stivers Part 1: Confessions of  a Francophile I have always had a love affair with France. Actually, that’s not true. In seventh grade I had a hate affair with the language and with Jean-Paul, the unfortunate Frenchman charged … Continue reading

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Part Spanish, part Mediterranean, part hippie, and all hand crafted

By on March 25, 2015 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Part Spanish, part  Mediterranean, part hippie, and all  hand crafted

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy A late-winter sound of spring came in birdsong to Nahahum Canyon, where Chris Hartwig’s home place nestles into a south-facing slope about four miles up the winding road. He said, after commenting … Continue reading

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Party hacienda

By on October 29, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Party hacienda

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Kyle and Jan Mathison love their house, pure and simple. Jan said, “Really, after all this time here I don’t think there’s anything about it that we’d change.” After living down Stemilt … Continue reading

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Moving on up

By on September 23, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Moving on up

Story by Mike Cassidy Photos by Travis Knoop Turning into the driveway of Joe and Janine Welty’s new eastside home — and being careful to avoid a cart carrying a couple of golfers and their bags motoring by — the … Continue reading

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Drysiders at heart are home at last

By on August 26, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Drysiders at heart are home at last

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy   After one more perfect weekend hiking in the sun-drenched Cascades, a 30-year habit, Gregg and Linda Herrington were driving north out of downtown Wenatchee, facing a six-hour drive back home. It … Continue reading

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Designing a home and a landscape with the idea of going easy on the earth

By on August 26, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Designing a home and a landscape with the idea of going easy on the earth

  By Susan Lagsdin   Barbara Rossing, an ordained Lutheran minister, and Lauren Johnson, an ultrasound technician, met through Leavenworth’s arts retreat center, Grunewald Guild. Both concerned for the earth and both Lutherans, they knew their world view and their … Continue reading

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‘Can we do this?’

By on July 29, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
‘Can we  do this?’

Sweat equity, help from key contractors and the right attitude help family rejuvenate 100-year-old home while staying true to its history Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy   Lee and Sarah Lewis knew what they were getting into. … Continue reading

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Balcony on the downtown

By on May 28, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Balcony on the downtown

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy   It used to be that a recent college grad working at his first job would land in a cramped walk-up with Mom’s couch, a card table and a mattress, maybe a … Continue reading

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Thinking of a home swap? Some advice

By on May 16, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes, Travel with 0 Comments
Thinking of a home swap? Some advice

By Terri Bawden House swapping is a cost-saving way to go on vacation. Here are some tips if you decide to explore this further: Go online and look at home exchange websites. You can browse for free, but if you … Continue reading

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Pros & cons of home exchange

By on May 5, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes, Travel with 0 Comments
Pros & cons of home exchange

By Terri Bawden   Since writing in The Good Life about our first home exchange in Spain almost five years ago, we’ve had five more exchanges in Australia, New Zealand and Costa Rica. By allowing us to live in someone … Continue reading

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How an ARCHITECT designed his own HOME

By on April 29, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
How an  ARCHITECT designed his own HOME

By Brad Brisbine   After designing homes for others, I was living every architect’s dream: designing his own house. My wife Jill served as “client” in the sense that I accommodated her principal wishes, but this was a pretty clean … Continue reading

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High country living

By on March 25, 2014 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
High country living

  By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Travis Knoop Despite the sunny, fair-weather photos you see on these pages, in early March it was a snowy, blowy, magically lovely slog up, up and farther up to John and Susan Cooper’s house … Continue reading

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