Sky Small

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April 14, 2010
Originally published in Big Ideas for Small Spaces
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  Atop a warehouse/office building overlooking Seattle’s Salmon Bay waterway, Tom Bayley’s home watches over a 250-slip marina. Few tenants below notice his presence, except when errant drops from his watering can fall from his deck, 25 feet above.
    Atop a warehouse/office building overlooking Seattle’s Salmon Bay waterway, Tom Bayley’s home watches over a 250-slip marina. Few tenants below notice his presence, except when errant drops from his watering can fall from his deck, 25 feet above.
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  Bayley’s ventless fireplace from Spark Modern Fires keeps the house toasty as he reads in his favorite red armchair, a vintage-store find, in his bedroom.
    Bayley’s ventless fireplace from Spark Modern Fires keeps the house toasty as he reads in his favorite red armchair, a vintage-store find, in his bedroom.
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  His Gaggenau oven and range, set into an oiled-steel counter, help heat things up in his kitchen.
    His Gaggenau oven and range, set into an oiled-steel counter, help heat things up in his kitchen.
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  Bayley's original wish for concrete floors was quickly scrapped and replaced with bamboo covering.
    Bayley's original wish for concrete floors was quickly scrapped and replaced with bamboo covering.
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  The office/warehouse on which the Sky Ranch was built required a $200,000 retrofit before construction could even begin.
    The office/warehouse on which the Sky Ranch was built required a $200,000 retrofit before construction could even begin.
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  Strategically placed plastic snakes are meant to keep seagulls at bay.
    Strategically placed plastic snakes are meant to keep seagulls at bay.
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  The home’s exterior fittings, like the outdoor shower, offer modern comforts.
    The home’s exterior fittings, like the outdoor shower, offer modern comforts.
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  The reflecting pool is surrounded by foliage and breathtaking views of the bay.
    The reflecting pool is surrounded by foliage and breathtaking views of the bay.
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  The jerry-rigged pulley system hoists the newspaper up to the roof.
    The jerry-rigged pulley system hoists the newspaper up to the roof.
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  When move-in day arrived, right in time for Thanksgiving in 2007, Bayley hired a crane to lift his furniture up to his new home. “The stuff started coming up, and right away half of it went back down,” he says. “You’d ruin this house if you had too much stuff.”
    When move-in day arrived, right in time for Thanksgiving in 2007, Bayley hired a crane to lift his furniture up to his new home. “The stuff started coming up, and right away half of it went back down,” he says. “You’d ruin this house if you had too much stuff.”
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