About Vern Kingsford, An Alaska Bush Pilot for over 40 years
The 1950s house wasn’t much, but the sunny location and the view were. So we, Vern and now ex-wife Lura Kingsford, bought it and set out to have a luxury cottage for guests to enjoy. We moved to Moose Pass in 1993 and have enjoyed the spectacular scenery here ever since. We also own Scenic Mountain Air, an air charter, flightseeing, and fly-in fishing company, and Alaska Float Ratings, a world famous seaplane training school, both in Moose Pass.
It took me a month during the remodeling to design the kitchen without an island. I, personally, didn’t want to walk around one, and it isn’t that big of a kitchen – about 10 x 14.
It took nearly four months for Vern to pick out the granite counter top for the kitchen. We were in San Francisco for medical treatment, so by mid-morning, we were searching out granite warehouses. I still remember one area. We had the best carne asada (Mexican food) at a little taquiria near there. Then a stop in Seattle, and looking around Anchorage followed. Finally, at a great little shop in Anchorage Vern found both the Brazilian granite and the guys to install it.
It took the contractor, Tim, two years to complete the remodel, gutting it out, leaving the 2x4s and 2x6s, having polyurethane spray foam blown in, eliminating one door and 2 windows, but adding French doors, three windows, and a half-bath. Ron was an artist in doing the travertine tile work in the kitchen and bathrooms on both the walls and floors.
We’ve been told we thought of everything when we stocked the kitchen and bathroom, and furnished the place. I hope so. I thought of what I would like if I lived there and bought it for the cottage. We had a lot of artwork from Dot Bardarson, Vern’s favorite local artist, so her work decorates the walls nicely.
Hope you enjoy the place. Every guest these past few years has.