Snoqualmie Lodge is meant to be. If there is such a thing as a fated build, a rendering of Snoqualmie Lodge will be the photo accompanying the definition. The newest design from Yankee Barn Homes takes its cue from Moose Ridge Lodge and adapts it to the mountains of Washington. The story of how Snoqualmie Lodge came to be is fascinating and laced with fateful occurrences.
Twists of Fate Produce Snoqualmie Lodge
“We bought land at Snoqualmie Pass, located in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The range extends from British Columbia to northern California and includes Mts. Rainier, Hood, Baker, Adams, Shasta and St. Helens. The area is home to the Snoqualmie people, who have lived, hunted, and fished this area “as long as the earth and rivers remember”.
Our dream is building a family ski cabin, and the site is ideal, located adjacent to a ski lift. However, with an annual snowfall of 11 feet, a short building season and dense, volcanic soil, we faced some challenges. We hired a Seattle architect who designed a house that was way beyond our budget. We gave up and put the land on the market.
Last spring, I visited my brother and sister-in-law in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. While there I learned about Yankee Barn Homes. I called and described what we were looking for and YBH sent me a number of interesting models. I took the drawings up to Snoqualmie to see if any would be suitable on our land. Standing on the street by the lot holding the YBH plans, a man drove by and stopped. He was Steve Versteeg, a local contractor. “I know YBH”, he said. “They have been around a long time. I’ve considered building one myself, on spec”.
Steve is now our contractor. He and I have enjoyed working with the team at YBH to design a custom cabin for my family. We used Moose Ridge Lodge as a starting point and adapted it to the site, local codes, and special land use requirements to create Snoqualmie Lodge.
Steve started the foundation two weeks ago, and we will have it completed before the first heavy snow. Meanwhile, YBH has started construction of the house, which will be shipped to us in the spring.”
Fate has played a role in the creation of Snoqualmie Lodge from Seattle, Washington, to Ferrisburg, VT, to Yankee Barn Homes. We are thrilled it did, as this lodge promises to be a stunner. It will go up next spring and completed over the summer, ready for the 2019/2020 ski season. I am quite certain we are as excited about this build as are the homeowners!