Pyramids can be powerful—and in this case, the power comes from off the grid. Here’s a pair of pyramids in Orondo, south of Chelan, that didn’t stop with having one unique feature.
Congratulations to someone with the bravado to build a house from two pyramids. One would be impressive enough, but these two sit beside each other creating an impressive 6,400-square-foot house.
Why pyramids? Ask the agent for the history. One advantage is their ability to shed snow, and at an elevation of about a half mile high, that’s a possibility. Snow could also explain the metal roof and siding. Check to see if that improves the wildfire resistance, too.
The high site reveals a long view of the Columbia River far below. Forty acres means not having neighbors get in the way. To get a view like that means stepping up and back to the point that Chelan is about ten miles away.
That also means being off the grid. A 20-kilowatt generator, seven propane fireplaces, two 1,000-gallon cisterns take the place of familiar power, heat, and water. Expect sanitation to be a septic system. Decide whether to erect the uninstalled windmill to catch ridgetop breezes. In a region known for its sunshine, solar probably makes sense, as well.
Step inside and find more creative touches like a spiral staircase, perhaps one for each pyramid. The steep roof creates the potential for soaring ceilings. Cutouts create balconies. Windows are effectively skylights allowing stargazing from indoors. Even though there’s more than six thousand square feet of space in two pyramids, there’s an odd number of bedrooms and bathrooms—three each—suggesting each pyramid is unique.
Another unique and unexpected aspect is the price, $225,000, military vehicle included. Maybe it comes equipped with a plow, too.
- 62 Rocky Rd, Orondo [Coldwell Banker]