When a wildfire destroyed the Wilbur Hot Springs resort last year, Dr. Richard Louis Miller, the resort’s owner since 1976, faced a critical challenge. Self insured, Miller needed to rebuild the Williams, Calif., resort – renowned for its therapeutic waters – as quickly and affordably as possible, while still providing his guests with the first class accommodations.
According to a press release, Miller decided to rebuild with park models manufactured by Cavco Industries Inc. The 399-square-foot cottage-like units have been used as rental accommodations by the campground industry for years. The units are equipped with kitchens and bathrooms, flat screen TVs and other amenities.
But while park models are typically used as family friendly vacation cottages, Cavco worked with San Francisco architect Nick Noyes to custom design 13 units that not only blend harmoniously with Wilbur Hot Springs’ natural setting, but contain the luxurious attributes of a world class resort.
“I think these Cavco cottages are a logical next chapter in Wilbur Hot Springs Resort’s history,” said Noyes, whose wife grew up visiting the resort with her family. “Wilbur Hot Springs is a magical place. Careful attention had to be paid to the new master planning of the resort and also to the specific details of the cottages themselves.”
The understated and refined cottages feature private entries and baths. Each cottage has it’s own unique view of the surrounding natural beauty while interior details include stained oak floors, pine ceilings, smooth sheetrock walls, built-in pine desks, and painted wood trim.
“All of our efforts – and Cavco understood this – needed to respect and enhance the rustic charm that defines Wilbur Hot Springs.” Noyes said.
Miller commended Tim Gage, vice president of Cavco’s specialty division, for his close collaboration with him and Noyes in creating new accommodations for Wilbur Hot Springs.
“The Cavco solution was literally a Godsend for us,” Miller said, “particularly because of our confidence in Cavco, we came away feeling that they understood our situation and took care to get us a good product.”