Home and Garden Edition, 2019

A 4,000 square foot house built for two


August 1, 2019

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Boulders pulled from the foundation of Jim and Sonja Whitethorn's home on Mitkof Highway line the drive up to their home. The Whitethorns call this their rock garden. "It doesn't take much water," jokes Jim.

Jim and Sonja Whitethorn's newly built 4,000 square foot, two-story house has a main floor where the couple lives overlooking the Wrangell Narrows off Mitkof Highway, but below is an equally impressive shop that takes up about half of the square footage of the building.

"It's a pretty big man cave," said Sonja.

Before construction could begin about a year and a half ago, Jim had to clear a piece of property that was filled with 100-foot-tall trees, old growth timber and giant boulders sitting on top of the hardpan clay. His son had been living on the property next door for about eight years...

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