Kit and Kaboodle


These are pre-fab houses. Emphasis on “Fab!”

With a kit from Jan Kronke of Oregon TimberWerks you can pop up a basic cabin shell in the woods for about $6,000 and a few days labor. Less than $2,000 buys the goods for a fancy, little playhouse for the kids complete with covered porch and Dutch door.

TimberWerks_ADULT_Kronke lives on the family farm where he grew up near Eugene raising cows, hazelnuts, Christmas trees and milling timber.

“About ten plus years ago I started building sheds on the side when business was slow,” he says. “My mother suggested I build a playhouse for my kids.”

At first Kronke sold the playhouses fully assembled but quickly realized that most backyards couldn’t handle delivery of a completed house, no matter how small. Pre-cut kits were the answer. Business grew when he added adult-size cabin kits. Kronke has shipped Oregon TimberWerks kits throughout the U.S. and as far away as a South Pacific island. But it remainsl a tiny operation.

“It’s basically me,” says Kronke. “I can customize most anything because everything is built for the customer. I don’t have stacks of kits stored somewhere.”

Kronke grows the trees, mills the lumber, designs the structures and will assemble them on site for a fee. It’s hard to imagine shelters that are more quintessentially Oregon.