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#KHQCarlton: Man builds new home with salvaged wood from forest fire

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.  Jim, the builder, says he started from scratch and used logs recovered from the couple’s 50 acres where they’d lived for 39 years. . Jim, the builder, says he started from scratch and used logs recovered from the couple’s 50 acres where they’d lived for 39 years.
PATEROS, Wash. -

People who lost their home to fire last year have spent the last 12 months living in RVs, hotels and homes and rooms offered up by friends and family.  Jim and Bev Weddle say they were lucky a friend offered up his 12-by-16 foot office to them as living quarters.  They needed a place to live after fire destroyed their home in the French Creek community of the Methow Valley. 

The couple spent the last year in the office as Jim built them a new home in Pateros.  Jim, the builder, says he started from scratch and used logs recovered from the couple’s 50 acres where they’d lived for 39 years.  He said it made sense to save the wood and used it to design an elaborate entryway and create the kitchen counter tops and trim.  Jim also sided the entire exterior with pieces of wood from their French Creek property.

Bev says she’s watched her husband build hundreds of homes over the years, but says he’s outdone himself this time.  She says she cried when he showed her the design to put a pool in the basement.  Bev says it’s a place where her great grandkids can come make memories.  Even though she says living on the city lot is going to be a lot different than the 50 acres they came from, she says she’s happy there’s a piece of the past to help make this house feel like home.  

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