However, Cassandra warns future hillside homeowners of the potential perils of mountaintop construction. With Mount Washington’s notoriously winding and narrow streets, “Remodeling is not for the faint of heart,” she jokes. She recounts the day the kitchen’s range hood got delivered, and the driver couldn’t make it up the hill, prompting her to load the large appliance into her small hatchback. Another time, she remembers the hot tub delivery truck getting stuck. “My husband, the driver, and I pushed this 1,000-pound palette of cedar panels up the very steep drive,” she says and then laughs.
Looking back, it’s these moments that created special memories, and will allow for the family to live out their dream of inhabiting a cozy cabin on a hill, with views of the stars above and canyon panoramas below, for years to come.