Build­ing on the is­lands

Have you dreamed of build­ing a home in a re­mote, ro­man­tic High­lands or is­lands lo­ca­tion? The in­creased costs of get­ting ma­te­ri­als and work­men to your build site may make this seem like an im­pos­si­ble dream. But don't give up. Here on the West Coast, there

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Think be­fore you act

The num­ber-one rule in rugged de­sign is to plan ahead. With rugged sites, spe­cial fac­tors come into play. In ad­di­tion to nor­mal home-de­sign de­ci­sions, you’ll need to think about your site’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity, en­ergy op­tions, ter­rain and weather pat­terns. Some­times these is­sues can raise your costs dra­mat­i­cally.

How do you get there?

Is your site ac­ces­si­ble by paved roads, or will ma­te­ri­als need to be de­liv­ered by ship or plane? If roads are avail­able, are they wide enough—and strong enough—for trucks filled with heavy loads of build­ing ma­te­ri­als? Eval­u­ate your site’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity ahead of time and work with your pro­duc­tion team to come up with so­lu­tions – lo­cal haulage and con­struc­tion com­pa­nies know how to get ma­te­ri­als to chal­leng­ing lo­ca­tions.

Choose a good spot

Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of sit­ing your home on your lot. Where you choose to sit­u­ate your house will im­pact daily liv­ing.

Sure, it’s nice to cap­ture great views, but you also want to make sure that you max­i­mize en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and avoid ter­rain trou­bles.

Ma­te­ri­als mat­ter

In a rugged set­ting, ma­te­ri­als may dic­tate a home’s long-term dura­bil­ity. Win­dows and also play a role in a home’s longevity. Choose en­ergy-ef­fi­cient win­dows with a good R-value. Cladding on ex­te­rior win­dows also is a good idea. Re­mem­ber, a lit­tle ex­tra re­search now goes a long way to­ward cre­at­ing a home that will last a life­time.

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