The MVC (Minimum Viable Cottage) is part of an 8-lot development called High Bluff Estates.
We're not crazy about the "Estates" part, though anything more than 5 acres is an "estate" in Door County, Wisconsin.
"High Bluff" makes sense since these lots are on one of the highest points in the county.
Anyhow, I signed up to design the logo for this tiny development, and here's what I came up with (which was approved during the 4/19 HOA meeting).
Wait. Before I show it, I should note the objectives:
Legible on signage
Highlight the Niagara Escarpment
Highlight the highness of HBE compared to the other Door County bluff sites (hence the name).
With some imagination, show the surrounding area and even the eight building sites.
Surprise and delight, with an element not everyone will see at first, but will say "Ahhh." when they see it later.
Here's a description of each part of the logo. Very little of this will make sense if you're unfamiliar with the area. Even if you are familiar with the area you need to use your imagination as I've taken some liberties with the overall elevation (i.e., it's not to scale).
The logo has already appeared on our inaugural annual HOA billing statement, and will next show up on signage: I'm laser etching this on some of the oak I've had milled. Can't wait to see how that turns out.
Here's the first look at the parcel, with the property lines and dead-end road draped on the topographic, and the three volumes placed about where I think they'll go.
The first build, which we are trying to get started in summer 2023, is the 36'x24' structure on the far left of the image (the northernmost volume). This is an "expandable house plan," where we will add on the larger 72'x24' house and the 30'x24' garage later, and everything will be connected via conditioned breezeways.
We just need to get a place up there ASAP, and a MVC — Minimum Viable Cottage — is the fastest, most direct route. Plus, we'll (hopefully) make all of our biggest mistakes on a very small house.
In order to make this drawing, I had to painstakingly trace elevation lines from the Door County map, elevate each of them, and then in SketchUp choose Draw > Sandbox > From Contours. Then I placed the three volumes.
It took hours but was totally worth it. Having spent a fair amount of time on the parcel, the satellite elevations are incredibly accurate. I completely trust that what's on this drawing is what's in real life.
Please note the vintage Ford pickup that's in my future.
Also please note, this plot not only provides a pretty awesome view of Green Bay, but a challenging ⛷️ run as well.
Here is another view of the drawing, with the view. This is aiming due west, and the SketchUp horizon (the blue part) is the bay.
Cottage on High Bluff Road is a blog documenting a house build in Door County, Wisconsin. A more in-depth explanation is in the inaugural entry.
We're just getting started and don't have a lot of channels, but the early leaders for content are mistakes, lot, and view. Many more to come.