The beginnings of a modular 288 sf 1 bath/studio hut (in process)
A haus for the Mountain Life (in process)
The A.L.M. haus (Adventure. Life. Mountains.)
est. oct 2013, Leavenworth WA
-A new take on the Alpine hut.
-The Mountain Huts of the Alpine regions of Southern Bavaria and Austria are an exquisite type of architecture. These modest structures, spread throughout the region, were used primarily as summer homes for herders and their stock. Today, these homes and structures are often times still used as they were originally intended. They are more often now used as outposts and places to eat, drink and resupply for climbers, hikers and tourists traversing and playing in the Alps.
-The A.L.M. haus is a modern take on the Almhütte. The goal is to extend the Alpine lifestyle to those who would like to have their own unique outpost catered towards mountainous regions, wherever their range or meadow might be.
-Utilizing the “A.L.M. guide”, a variety of plan configurations, sizes and materials can be selected based on specific requirements and tastes. The varieties of the plans will cater towards the weekend warrior, to the embedded local. Unique styles and forms will be made available based on a modular system of structure and parts, allowing for a limitless array of individuality.
-The A.L.M. family of designs will also include a variety of accessory structures catered towards the lifestyle inherent with being in the mountains: snow gear storage, paddle and bike storage, vehicular storage, and sheds.
-Born in the Alps and reimagined in Leavenworth, WA, let the A.L.M. Haus be your outpost to the mountains.
To nestle the house into steep hillside, a large retaining wall was constructed to allow for a ground floor access to a 2nd level main living area. The footings and concrete are an impressive sight to behold, and will be severely diminished upon backfill of all the site dirt and drainage material.
Mike Hendricks, FCS international, is the General Contractor and is managing the job very well, along with a talented pool of subcontractors.
In the strict tradition of Alpine/Bavarian Bauernhaus & Gasthotel models, Syndicate Smith, LLC along with Pacific Engineering, in Wenatchee, have designed a new 42 room expansion addition to the existing building. The new building is 3 floors of wood frame construction atop a steel frame & concrete deck parking garage.
Completion is slated for summer of 2014. below is a quick model of the expansion. More imagery to come.
In November of 2012 I, Todd Smith, received a call from a young woman, Alison Mclellan, inquiring if I was looking for anyone to hire. Alison, Bachelor of Architecture University of Oregon ’2008′, was planning on moving to Leavenworth the beginning of 2013 regardless of any architectural positions available in the valley. Her move was a lateral philosophical move from Jackson Wyoming. Her inquiry to me was a shot in the dark. I, in fact, did need someone to help and Alison fit the criteria.
Alison joined Syndicate Smith, LLC in January of 2013. Her intern architect position, a term for architect in training, has turned into help and contribution that has proven indispensable, now 8 months later. Her work entails project production, project design work, and occasional time in the shop for furniture production. Her attention to detail is focused and her trajectory towards attaining the title of Architect is moving swiftly. I’m glad that I can now call her an associate. An associate is a nebulous term but here is my definition: An associate is a colleague that I can trust to produce at a level that is commensurate with what I demand and what our clients expect. With that, an associate is a part of a team, someone who can powerfully contribute, as opposed to someone who merely follows direction. That said, I appreciate her help, trust her decisions, and look forward to her development as an architect. Thank you Alison for that phone call.
Go check out Munchen Haus’ new fire tables. They’ll be up and running for these cool summer nights, shortly.
Design,wood fabrication and install by Syndicate Smith, LLC. Steel By Stutesman Welding (Leavenworth, WA)
Go check out Up Front Essentials: Boutique in their newly completed space, by JMAK Construction. They’re establishing themselves with some of the best fashion the region has to offer. The design was executed with meticulous care.
Mark Hebert Construction , Leavenworth General Contractor, is well under way of constructing what will be a very unique home designed by us for a great couple. Primary Beams were just set a couple days ago.
South is going under a remodel.
1. Kitchen extension
2. more windows to south courtyard
3. Updated front face.
Go checkout the great progress being made by Kyrial and Borealis Builders