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Herb and Linda’s Cabin Progress Update

Carl Christianson

We have been busily working at Herb and Linda’s new cabin in Kings Valley. This is a special project because Herb and Linda needed to build a house on their Benton County timber property before next year in order to keep their rights to build a house. Linda worked extensively with Susan Harthun (a local designer) to design a small charming cabin that meets the County’s minimum 400 square foot size and habitability requirements, but is still very comfortable to live in.

The drawings were completed in late August, then we applied for permits and were able to start construction in mid-September. Our goal was to get as much of the construction done before the rains made the gravel access road impassable to large trucks. We poured the foundation on an expedited contract and agreed on the rest of the details in early October. The framing and roofing proceeded quickly followed by the windows, siding and decking. By pushing to get the cabin “dried-in” before the rains started, we were able to dry the lumber and proceed with the interior drywall and trim this winter.

The cabin has some very lovely features including large timber framed entry porch and matching covered back deck, Nichiha Sierra stained fiber cement siding (15 year warranty on finish), fiber cement exterior trim, Milgard Essence wood windows and French doors, and cedar decks.  Indoors, we are building vaulted ceilings, extensive beadboard wood work, custom drywall texturing by Linda, antique sinks and cabinetry, marmoleum flooring, extra insulation and a high efficiency ductless heat pump.