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Cabin interior dining room | Merced River Yosemite National ParkBy Teri Palmer (Milgard)

When a cabin suffered damage from a fallen tree along the Merced River Yosemite National Park area in California, the owners decided to rebuild it as a guest home for visiting friends and family. They identified their desired look as an English cottage style and brought in designer Jeanie Bartholomew to help with this vision. A civil engineer was also added to ensure the style could support the design.

Key to the plan was a solid stone exterior and slate roof. Intricate detail went into the project, and the majority of the work was done by local crafts persons.

“The homeowners had a clear vision of what they wanted,” said Bartholomew.

Fiberglass played a crucial role in maintaining the clear vision of the client, as well as adding a level of protection against the elements that may have been lacking in the cabin’s original form. Milgard’s Essence Series® wood window line was used in this project because the cabin needed a high end window to achieve the English cottage look. The product features a fiberglass exterior, which can stand Cabin interior living room | Merced River Yosemite National Parkup against the snow in winter and the heat of summer in northern California. Bartholomew noted that the company’s windows were also chosen in order to ensure that California’s strict Title 24 energy requirements were met.

“We loved working with the homeowner and sharing their passion for a specific look,” said Bartholomew. “The location in the woods was also amazing.”