The story behind Sir Waltar Lindal (“Sir” is the translation of his given Icelandic name, Sculi) and his company Lindal Cedar Homes, is fascinating. After Lindal spent time in the Canadian Army during World War II inventing weaponry modifications, working up the ranks, and seeing the benefits of prefabricated housing at work in Army camps, he had the idea that the same construction methods could be used to create precut homes for the consumer market. He went on to develop a booming kit home business first based out of Toronto, then Vancouver, and now Seattle, where his children have taken hold of the reigns. An inventor at heart, Lindal holds over 17 patents, one of which is for an A-Frame cabin, which was pictured on the 1966 cover of Popular Mechanics.
Lindal’s A-Frame cabin went on to become wildly successful with vacation homeowners because it offered an affordable way to build a beautiful and functional vacation home. Materials for the cabin came pre-cut and were delivered to the site, where they were assembled. The A-Frame cabin revolutionized vacation homes by utilizing a simple design with a high, steep, pitched gable roof, a two-story wall of glass on either end, living space on the bottom, and a loft upstairs. A glass wall allowed the owners to experience their surroundings in a whole new way without leaving the comfort of their own home. The home was also energy-efficient, inexpensive, and easier to build than other vacation homes out there, and they can withstand the elements through the years with little maintenance.