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Building the Maxon House: Week 17

In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 17: Drilling a Well.

Because we are in a rural setting, we had to set aside additional financial resources to drill a well and support a septic system for sewage. The ability to locate ground water may be equal part skill and luck, but ultimately you don't know what you've got until you start barreling down into the earth. Luckily we heard positive stories about a couple local contractors and ultimately selected JKA Well Drilling to do our well work. Our site location and geology had some extreme challenges and there were no guarantees, even after we sunk tens of thousands into the ground, that we'd hit enough of a viable water source to support our residence. That was the terrifying part.

Step One: Find a reliable and trustworthy well contractor. This being my first-ever drilled well, I relied on referrals from neighbors, a quick Google search, and recommendations from a few of our existing contractors working on the project. JKA Well Drilling stepped up with great service, an experienced crew and an estimate and schedule that fit our needs. The process is expensive and the cost is out of pocket and based on an agreed-upon depth for drilling. Once you reach that depth there are added costs for dropping more steel in the ground.

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