This little house was full of character, it was built in the 20’s and it turns out it had been built to house mill workers from Shevlin-Hixon Lumber Company and Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company, who had competing mills across from each other (with the Deschutes River flowing between them); which explains why it was built as a small duplex. The mills were the primary industry in Bend at the time and having workers living close by proved handy.
This small bit of history created the backdrop for our vision. It was really easy to get behind this too, especially since Seth’s family has a logging background so it just made it that much more unique. His grandpa was a logger, as were his dad and his uncle at various times in their lives, sometimes even all working together. It was a no brainer that we had to honor the house’s milling background, but it needed to serve modern day needs, and it needed to have a twist otherwise it just wouldn’t be us, somewhere between a mill house and a modern cabin with a mixture of comfort, character and practicality.
To top it all of Seth’s uncle found out that his friend had just acquired two trees that had naturally fallen on the McKenzie Hwy: a Doug Fir and a Chinkapin. They would both be enough for all the woodwork needed in both units so the kitchen, counters, trim and benches in both units are all made from one single tree respectively.