E: Tye works for International Mountain Guides which is based in Ashford, Wash., near Mt. Rainier. It's too far to commute daily back and forth to Seattle. After a few years of sleeping in the guide lounge we decided we wanted a place for him to stay while he worked. We were looking for something that was in Ashford, but also really accessible to anybody wanting to rent a cabin that's close to Mt. Rainier National Park. The Paradise Estates community checks both of those boxes.
We opted to build vs. wait for a cabin to come up on the market. We bought a piece of property we liked then started researching cabin designs.
T: We had some bumps along the way but truthfully the toughest part about the build was getting contractors to do work in Ashford (plumbers, electricians, counter tops, etc.). It amazed us how many times we were told "we don't service that area."
For the projects we did ourselves we learned very quickly that if we needed one of something— we should buy two or three! We refer to this as the "Ashford Rule." The nearest hardware store is an hour away so anytime we forgot something or didn't get enough of an item we'd end up losing a week because we did most of the work on weekends!
Q: What is your favorite part of the space?
E: Tough question. Since it a small space we put a lot of thought into everything— from the design to the decor.
E: It was just fun to build it from the ground up, knowing that we would have a nice place to share the finds from our travels like the papyrus from Egypt, a plate from our honeymoon in Peru or the National Park posters from Patagonia.