Mike Rockwell

As a project manager and partner in a contracting business, I always enjoy a challenge. So when a client called us about adding a garage to his lakeside log cabin, I figured it would be a fun project, since we would be integrating a stick-built addition with the log home. But when we went to the site for our first meeting, the steeply sloping driveway was a clue that dealing with logs would be the least of our concerns.

The customer wanted a two-car garage with living space above, something we’d done many times before. Though the entrance to the garage would be level, the severe slope meant that the back of the garage floor would sit a whopping 12 feet above grade! Pouring the foundation and filling it to the slab was one solution, but the customer wanted to...

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