Building violation for log homes in Page Valley Estates

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August 27, 1987Stuart Johnston maintains he’s trying to preserve a lost art. The Page County Building Inspector claims he’s in violation of state and local building codes.

Johnston brings the past to life by building original log houses in the Page Valley Estates area. Two dwellings, erected with hand-hewn logs, are nearly six years old. Three more are only partially developed because of stop-work orders issued by the county.

He risks a $1,000-a-day fine if he bucks the orders and continues to build.

Johnston admits not having obtained building permits on the first two houses and faces a court hearing for building and health code violations.

Building inspector Earl Hilliards was brief in his comment.

“The county has alleged violations in the state and local building code and the health department has alleged violations in the county and state health regulations and they are pending a hearing in General District Court.” 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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