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Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it’s perched, he had to tackle a radical retrofit to shore up the structure.

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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.  Photo by: John Clark
    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  His Gaggenau oven and range, set into an oiled-steel counter, help heat things up in his kitchen.  Photo by: John Clark
    His Gaggenau oven and range, set into an oiled-steel counter, help heat things up in his kitchen.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Bayley's original wish for concrete floors was quickly scrapped and replaced with bamboo covering.  Photo by: John Clark
    Bayley's original wish for concrete floors was quickly scrapped and replaced with bamboo covering.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The office/warehouse on which the Sky Ranch was built required a $200,000 retrofit before construction could even begin.  Photo by: John Clark
    The office/warehouse on which the Sky Ranch was built required a $200,000 retrofit before construction could even begin.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  Strategically placed plastic snakes are meant to keep seagulls at bay.  Photo by: John Clark
    Strategically placed plastic snakes are meant to keep seagulls at bay.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The home’s exterior fittings, like the outdoor shower, offer modern comforts.  Photo by: John Clark
    The home’s exterior fittings, like the outdoor shower, offer modern comforts.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The reflecting pool is surrounded by foliage and breathtaking views of the bay.  Photo by: John Clark
    The reflecting pool is surrounded by foliage and breathtaking views of the bay.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  The jerry-rigged pulley system hoists the newspaper up to the roof.  Photo by: John Clark
    The jerry-rigged pulley system hoists the newspaper up to the roof.

    Photo by: John Clark

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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.”  Photo by: John Clark
    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.”

    Photo by: John Clark

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