SteelMaster customer Rod E.’s Quonset hut cabin is the perfect place to get some rest and relaxation in the Alaskan wilderness.
Located about 24 miles from his home, the 20’ x 24’ A-Model cabin is so remote that the only way to get there is by boat or snow machine.
“We finished the inside really nicely, so that’s our winter and summer retreat,” Rod said. “We go there about every weekend.”
Rod was drawn to SteelMaster’s metal Quonset huts due to their overall durability, especially against woodland creatures.
“I never have to worry about the environment. In that area, there are a lot of bears that break in, so the metal frame was really secure. With [the potential for] porcupine and bear damage, it’s the best way to go.”
He was also won over by the quick and easy assembly of SteelMaster’s prefabricated Quonset hut kits. He wanted to get the shell of the building up quickly so he could work on the interior of the structure.
“I needed the building to go up quick, so it appeared that the building could be put up fairly fast. You get the frame up and you get a shelter to build things inside.”
Rod, along with his sons and friends, staged the foundation in the winter and hauled the metal arches to the location using his boat during the summer. The group was able to build the frame of the metal Quonset hut cabin in about a month.
“It’s been a great experience to have a structure out there that went up quickly. It’s really a really secure cabin. It’s nice to have something we can depend on and be safe and sound.”
He hauled and cut logs near the property to complete the interior and exterior of the building. Then, he covered the arches in a dark green silicone paint to blend in with the trees surrounding the cabin.
The cabin has both spray foam and batting insulation on the inside to help regulate temperature during the harsh winter months and stop condensation.
“It’s been really nice, [the cabin] heats up really fast. We have a wood stove, too,” Rod said.
Rod says he is pleased with his cabin and his overall experience with SteelMaster. He worked with Division Director of National B2C Sales Noah Taylor, who has 20 years of experience with SteelMaster and specializes in Alaska steel buildings.
“[It was] perfect–shipping, supplies and all the parts. There’s a little help I needed, so I called and directions were good,” he said. “Noah was really great to work with. You can tell he really appreciates the business there and the product he puts out.”
Rod’s drone shot of his Quonset hut cabin won first place in our 2019 photo contest!