Spokane Mountain Home Contractors

As an architect, one of the most important aspects of my job is lining up homeowners with the right general contractor. Each project is different, so finding the right fit will vary. There are roughly 200 builders listed in the Spokane area. Following are builders in Spokane who I believe have the capability to do a good job on a mountain home with the right plans. Some are better quality than others, and there are some I would only recommend on certain projects, depending on an owner’s desired quality, style, type of construction, scope and budget.

If you want more information on these contractors, or want to know who might be a good fit for your project, please feel free to contact me. I am including their contact information and any websites if you would rather contact them directly.

There may still be some diamonds in the rough that I’m not familiar with. If there is a contractor out there who feels you should be included on this list, please contact me. I would love to see projects you’ve completed and are currently working on, along with references.

Doric, Inc. (509) 951-4022

EaglePointe Construction (509) 363-0009

Ramey General Contractors (509) 483-9000

John Hendricks, AIA, NCARB
Hendricks Architecture

Last Post: Coeur d’Alene Contractors

Coeur d’Alene Contractors

As an architect, one of the most important aspects of my job is lining up homeowners with the right general contractor. Each project is different, so finding the right fit will vary. There are roughly 200 builders listed in the Coeur d’Alene area, but only a certain number that I would feel comfortable recommending at such high end neighborhoods as Black Rock and Gozzer Ranch. Following are builders in Coeur d’Alene who I believe have the capability to do a good job on a mountain home with the right plans. Some are better quality than others, and there are some I would only recommend on certain projects, depending on an owner’s desired quality, style, type of construction, scope and budget.

If you want more information on these contractors, or want to know who might be a good fit for your project, please feel free to contact me. I am including their contact information and any websites if you would rather contact them directly.

Campbell & Campbell (208) 660-5416

Edwards Smith Construction (formerly Edwards Construction) (208) 765-8602

Gunder Homes (208) 667-7398

Idaho Builders (208) 691-7500

M.B. Builders (208) 772-2799

Rosenberger Construction (208) 772-5018

Sierra Builders (208) 667-0584

Stewart Construction (208) 772-8366

There may still be some diamonds in the rough that I’m not familiar with. If there is a contractor out there who feels you should be included on this list, please contact me and show me projects you’ve completed and are currently working on, along with references.

John Hendricks, AIA, NCARB
Hendricks Architecture

Last Post: Sandpoint Contractors

Sandpoint Contractors

As an architect, one of the most important aspects of my job is lining up homeowners with the right general contractor. Each project is different, so finding the right fit will vary. There are currently 65+ builders listed in the Sandpoint area, a hot bed for mountain home construction. Following are builders in Sandpoint who I believe have the minimum standards to do a decent job on a mountain home with the right plans. Some are better quality than others, and there are some I would only recommend on certain projects, depending on an owner’s desired quality, style, type of construction, scope and budget. I would also only recommend certain ones for building at Schweitzer Ski Resort, with it’s more rugged climate.

If you want more information on these contractors, or want to know who might be a good fit for your project, please feel free to contact me. I am including their contact information and any websites if you would rather contact them directly.

Baker Construction (208) 263-9550

R.W. Bianco Construction (208) 263-5794

Colin Construction (208) 263-6276

DSS Custom Homes (208) 263-2853

Dan Fogerty Custom Builder (208) 263-5546

Henry & Sons (208) 263-5778

Hope Builders (208) 264-5125

Legacy Construction (208) 266-1622

McMahon & Easterbrook (208) 264-6700

Mountain View Construction (208)263-1058

Pacific Construction Company (208) 264-5564

Pucci Construction (208) 263-7424 (has since retired)

Rotert Construction (208) 255-2151

Selle Valley Construction (208) 263-1808

Frank Wakeley Construction (208) 263-0952 (has since retired)

My apologies as there can be diamonds in the rough who I’m not familiar with. If there is a contractor out there who feels you should be included on this list, please let me know. I would love to see projects you’ve completed and are currently working on.

Please note, I wrote this post in 2009, and hardly ever update it.  You can always call or email me if you have questions.

John Hendricks, AIA, NCARB

Hendricks Architecture, Mountain Architects in Sandpoint, Idaho

Last Post: Priest Lake

Priest Lake

Being an architect in Sandpoint, one of my local favorite places to visit is Priest Lake, a large alpine lake in the northern panhandle of Idaho. Known as the “crown jewel” of Idaho, Priest Lake is located roughly 75 minutes northwest of Sandpoint, and about 90 minutes northeast of Spokane, Washington. It is 19 miles long and 4.4 miles wide at its largest points, with a maximum depth of 369 feet, and a surface elevation of 2,439 feet.

There is an abundance of wildlife at Priest Lake, including deer, black bear and moose. The lake also has the distinction of having the United States’ largest lake trout caught on record, at 57 pounds 8 ounces.

Priest Lake

Priest Lake

Priest Lake is as a summer recreation hot spot for various water sports, including canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, and sailing. There are numerous hiking, cycling and backpacking trails located around the lake. Rock climbing, river running and golf are also popular. There are several camp grounds located around the lake, including some designated boat-in camp sites on various islands.

For those not caring to rough it, there are several resorts located around the lake including Hill’s Resort and Elkins Resort. One of my favorite places to eat dinner is Cavanaugh Bay Resort. It’s fun and casual, and the deck overlooking the bay has beautiful views up towards the north end of the lake.

Sunset from Cavanaugh Bay Resort at Priest Lake

Sunset from Cavanaugh Bay Resort at Priest Lake

There are roughly 600 cabins located on the shores of Priest Lake. Many have been in families for generations. See Priest Lake House for a home we designed on an empty state lease lot.  In the Priest Lake basin, between Priest River to the south, Canada to the north, Washington to the West, and the Selkirk crest to the east, there are approximately 7,500 cabins.

What little real estate there is left on the water is usually gobbled up quickly. Dick Bockemuehl is a Realtor who specializes in these waterfront properties. Timothy Ventress is another Realtor (and fire chief) who also is a great source of information on finding these lakefront lots. Besides the single lots that open up, some of the higher end developments in the area include Huckleberry, Steamboat Bay, and Kaniksu Sands. Canoe Point, an exclusive development north of Huckleberry on the upper east side of the lake, has five acre waterfront lots.

Northern Priest Lake from Canoe Point

Northern Priest Lake from Canoe Point

The architecture at Priest Lake is generally the rustic rocky mountain style, though it ranges from log cabins to modern mountain contemporary. Mike Sandau of Sandau Builders is one of the top builders at Priest Lake, if not the best, and understands the rugged terrain better than anybody. He’s built a few homes for us, including the Priest Lake house mentioned above. Sandau’s been building quality custom homes and cabins at Priest Lake since 1978.

For more information on Priest Lake, see the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce website. For more mountain biking information see our post on Mountain Biking around Sandpoint.

Hendricks Architecture in Sandpoint specializes in the design of luxury mountain style homes and cabins. While it is not the only type of work we design, most of the homes we’ve completed are in mountain resort areas similar to Priest Lake. Most of our clients are looking for mountain style homes, often fairly rustic, and other times more contemporary. If you are interested in having us design you a mountain home, or if you have any other inquiries, please contact us.

John Hendricks, AIA Architect, NCARB
Hendricks Architecture, Sandpoint, Idaho mountain architects.

Last Post: Sandpoint