Building a Home in Door County

By Nick Wilder



There are two absolute rules about building a new house; it will cost more and take longer than you originally planned.  Our house in Door County was no exception to those rules.  We solved the problems of a small screen porch, a crowded entry and insufficient space in the main bedroom by making the house larger.  The price of raw materials went up and Canadian truck drivers stopped delivering lumber for a month in protest against their government’s Covid restrictions.  In spite of it all we completed the house in 10 months and are delighted with the results. An unusual feature of the house is the rusting corten steel cladding which covers two thirds of the exterior.  The rusting process has begun and we expect to have a uniformly rusted look by next spring.  Part 1 of my photo essay covered the construction process through the end of 2021.  The photos below pick up the construction after the house was framed but not enclosed.

Bracing bedroom walls against winter wind

Keven in what will be the kitchen/living room

Installing the roof on top of the glue lam beams.

The roofing installers

Raising the waterproof  membrane to the roof

Piping for in floor radiant heating

Keven pictures the hole for the septic tank created with dynamite blasts.

The above ground swim spa installers

Installing the concrete garage apron

Installing the steel cladding

The only female worker on the job

Cutting corten steel for the house cladding

Bending the steel plates

The corten steel starts to rust

The house viewed from our meadow

Back porch overlooking meadow

Keven ready for art buyers in her studio/gallery

Sunset viewed from our screen porch

The living/dining room

Back of house viewed from driveway (landscaping will wait until spring)

House in the meadow