The ManHut

The ManHut project began as a part of a much larger backyard landscaping project which included a new pool, patios, built-in BBQ and fireplace. The client and the landscape architect, Kikuchi and Associates, came up with the idea to put a small accessory structure in a tight rear corner just adjacent to the new pool. It was to function, not as a pool house, but more of an away space for contemplation and idea development. They came to us to develop concept ideas and to make it into something real. Thus it became the ManHut. A mixture of quirkiness, old but having been found and fixed, and still useful and practical. The acute angles were a challenge as were the relationships to various setbacks and the proximity to the pool which was to built first. 

Concept

Here are the first sketches. The design did not change much from these drawings as we continued to develop the project in more detail.

An early 3D test rendering

Construction

By the time we were ready to build, the construction of the rest of the landscaping project was well underway. That made a difficult and constrained project harder due to the minimal access and the need to protect the new work. The landscape contractor, Douglas Landscape Construction, decided to take on the ManHut, a huge advantage since the same stone masons could continue and match their work already in place. And more important, the guy in charge, Chris Peeters, made it a very personal project with his attention to all the details and execution.

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The rainy season hits

The rainy season hits

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CMU fireplace box in place

CMU fireplace box in place

Blocking in place for various beams, recesses, and stonework.

Blocking in place for various beams, recesses, and stonework.

The quest for old wood

One of the concepts of the design was to have as much of the exposed wood be old. We could not use old wood in any structural capacity, so the hut was framed conventionally. The old reclaimed wood was then carefully attached with hidden connections and other methods. Chris found much of the old beams and sidings at a reclaim yard in Santa Rosa, carefully picking the best beams.

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The wood goes on

Prepping for an outrigger beam

Prepping for an outrigger beam

The structural ridge beam is prepped for the old beam cover

The structural ridge beam is prepped for the old beam cover

An old beam carved out to fit over the structural beam

An old beam carved out to fit over the structural beam

The old ridge beam in place

The old ridge beam in place

The steel ledgers are to support the stone above the beams

The steel ledgers are to support the stone above the beams

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Flagstone

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Windows and Door

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Lighting

On a trip to Sonoma, I found these perfect light fixtures at Artefact Design & Salvage. These were crafted from old jet engine parts.

On a trip to Sonoma, I found these perfect light fixtures at Artefact Design & Salvage. These were crafted from old jet engine parts.

Stonework

Moving a big rock into place

Moving a big rock into place

Working on the interior wall

Working on the interior wall

Tape out of stone detail

Tape out of stone detail

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Corten steel roofing going on. Corten is designed to weather in place, and the resulting rust creates a natural protection for the steel

Corten steel roofing going on. Corten is designed to weather in place, and the resulting rust creates a natural protection for the steel

Color ideas for windows. A much darker color was selected

Color ideas for windows. A much darker color was selected

Complete!

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