Rustic Accessible Living Cabin

A Rustic, Accessible-Living Cabin

A local Corvallis family contacted G. Christianson Construction looking to build an accessory dwelling unit (commonly known as an ADU) for their parents. The family was seeking a rustic, cabin-like home with one bedroom, a generous closet, a craft room, a living-in-place-friendly bathroom with laundry, and a spacious great room for gathering. This 896-square-foot home is built only a few dozen feet from the main house on this property, making family visits quick and easy. Our designer, Anna Clink, planned the orientation of this home to capture the beautiful farm views to the West and South, with a back door that leads straight from the Kitchen to the main house. A second door exits onto the South-facing covered patio; a private and peaceful space for watching the sunrise or sunset in Corvallis. When standing at the center of the Kitchen island, a quick glance to the West gives a direct view of Mary’s Peak in the distance. The floor plan of this cabin allows for a circular path of travel (no dead-end rooms for a user to turn around in if they are using an assistive walking device). The Kitchen and Great Room lead into a Craft Room, which serves to buffer sound between it and the adjacent Bedroom. Through the Bedroom, one may exit onto the private patio, or continue through the Walk-in-Closet to the Bath & Laundry. The Bath & Laundry, in turn, open back into the Great Room. Wide doorways, clear maneuvering space in the Kitchen and bath, grab bars, and graspable hardware blend into the rustic charm of this new dwelling. Rustic Cherry raised panel cabinetry was used throughout the home, complimented by oiled bronze fixtures and lighting. The clients selected durable and low-maintenance quartz countertops, luxury vinyl plank flooring, porcelain tile, and cultured marble. The entire home is heated and cooled by two ductless mini-split units, and good indoor air quality is achieved with wall-mounted fresh air units.

Project Details

Small Kitchen: Generous Storage

This Kitchen was designed with a plethora of deep drawers for storage and includes a large bank of Pantry cabinets near the refrigerator. The end of this cabinet is also capped with a tall broom cabinet.

Fiberglass Wood-Look Doors

A weather- and UV-resistant alternative to wood exterior doors are gel-stained Fiberglass doors. These Craftsman-style doors come with a wood-grain texture and are ready for the application of your preferred color.

Vaulted Ceiling with Grand Windows

This Great Room is only 418 square feet, yet feels much larger due to the tall vaulted ceilings and grand bank of windows. The windows received custom-stained Craftsman-inspired trim, and the lower bank of windows features a Quartz slab sill for durability.

Accessible Bath & Laundry

This bathroom can be entered from the Kitchen or from the bedroom’s Walk-in-Closet and is full of storage and accessible features. The shower includes grab bars, a dual-swing glass shower door, handheld shower, and fold-up shower bench. The laundry center includes a countertop for folding clothes and undercabinet lighting that makes for a bright workspace. A hidden surprise is the heated tile flooring!

What our Clients are Saying

“They took our period bathroom and built a gorgeous and accessible shower with great sensitivity to the historic details. They left no mess, and finished every detail perfectly. They adapted to small changes we suggested and made errors right. Tony, especially, was just terrific to work with and the cabinetmaker was a master!”

Ed & Karen Miller, Corvallis

See the Historic Bathroom Remodel project

“Since 2011, we've committed ourselves to become experts in removing, repairing, load testing, and replacing fire escapes around OSU and Corvallis. Please call us for advice on what is right for your fire escape. ”

Carl Christianson, Owner

See the Fire Escapes project

“We could not have been happier with our experience working with G. Christianson. Super organized. Professional. Super high quality work. Responsive. Kind and generous. We had one point of discussion that was handled quickly, professionally and with equanimity. Our kitchen remodel has changed our home, not only structurally but how we live here. And that could not have been done without the good folks from G. Christianson.”

Matt & May Nyman, Corvallis

See the Hillcrest Kitchen Remodel project
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