and Wil de Vries Website: Our House
little Atlin house is quite a bit smaller than the house in Calgary.
It took a lot of hard work to find a place for everything.
in addition to the house we've got quite a roomy guestcabin/studio situated
in the back of the yard plus an assortment of outbuildings: woodshed, greenhouse,
"meathouse" (the previous owner used to hang the fall moose in
here) in the back alley and a recently built tool shack.
we bought this place we knew we were likely going to enlarge it somewhat
and if possible, add a deck to look out over the lake.
summer of 2000 we moved the first dirt to build on an addition.
We used the 2001 summer to finish the interior to a large degree but there
are still some details to be finished and there always will be.
now two granddaughters we were looking for ways to enlarge the house or
enlarge the space in the house. So in spring 2005 we started a major renovation
of the second storey.
The roof on the S side was lifted up to create more room under the A frame.
This was completed in the fall of 2005.
original house was built in the early eighties by a Swedish carpenter named
Bo Eriksen who used to live in Atlin and has built quite a few houses here.
with a nice storage attic as it was prior to the 2004 summer. But to have
a place where we can work at our art , we extended in the 2004 summer the
left side of the cabin to create a nice light studio.
of the Room, Kitchen etc.
bookcase in the SE corner, the reading window facing W, our pride the hearth:
built by ourselves from local greenstone and granite plus the occasional fossil
from our travels throughout the world in the NW corner plus plants enjoying
the light flooding in through the celestory windows up high: it all makes
it a delightful place to be, summer or winter.
Garden, Dependances and
the summer) Flowers
on one of the pictures will open a new window with an enlargement.
of the 2001 addition to the main house