The building site in winter. Many people suggested that I spend as much time as possible at the lot, so that I could see how things changed with the seasons, weather, and time of day. This was excellent advice. I learned a lot about seasonal light, how the lot sheds water, the effects of wind, and even how animals move through the area. All of this knowledge helped me connect to the place and contributed to the design process.
I was especially happy to find that the hill at the back of the lot gets direct sunlight year-round. Winters in Anchorage aren’t too cold but they are pretty dark, and it’s a relief to know that even in the dead of winter the sun will stream in through the west-facing windows.
Photo taken January 14, 2018. Posted May 8, 2019.