Project Description

LMR Cabin
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2030 sf. Completed 2013
by the Hanson Family

The Lake Mary Ronan cabin was originally designed as my master’s thesis project in 2002 at Montana State University. After graduating, I moved to the site, lived in a wall tent, and built the garage with much help from my dad, mom, sisters and friends. Building the garage was as much a learning process as school! In 2008, I again lived on site with my father, Tom, and 3 builder/contractor friends to build the house. We finished the exterior shell that fall. My dad continued to build-out the interior including designing and building cabinets, interior doors, and furniture. The house features locally milled timbers and flooring, passive solar design, in-floor heat, a HRV system, American Clay plaster, concrete and Minerva countertops and Energy Star components. Additionally we used salvaged materials from other job sites including a solid mahogany 4’ wide front door and 8’ tall french doors. The intent of my thesis was to explore the relationship between humanity and place through the built form (see ‘Nature of Place and Dwelling‘).
Photo 1&6 by Steve Shepro.

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