Peace of Mind

Cabin Living - - Contents -

More of­ten than not, many prospec­tive cabin own­ers have dreamt as much about where they plan to build as they have about the style and de­sign of the cabin they de­sire.

After all, cab­ins are built to ac­com­mo­date not just res­i­dency, but a life­style. For some, this may be a water­front re­treat over­look­ing a calm, serene lake or river. For oth­ers, it may be seclu­sion within the tow­er­ing trees of a moun­tain­side for­est. What­ever your pref­er­ence may be, though, ob­tain­ing that mag­i­cal piece of prop­erty re­quires ded­i­cated plan­ning to en­sure you don’t end up with more of headache than a haven. To help you bet­ter nav­i­gate th­ese real-es­tate wa­ters, we walk you through the steps and po­ten­tial chal­lenges in “Suc­cess­ful Site Se­lec­tion” (pages 38– 43).

Of course, there’s no rea­son your in­te­rior can’t pro­vide am­ple amounts of nat­u­ral am­bi­ence as well. From in­co­po­rat­ing sub­tle na­ture-in­spired pat­terns to tex­tur­ing your walls with spe­cialty paint fin­ishes, we showcase a va­ri­ety of ways to cre­ate a fresh, out­doorsy feel no mat­ter where you are in your cabin in Decor (pages 16–19.)

You’ll also want to think about how you will use the out­door space around you. Whether it’s de­sign­ing a perch from which to take in your sur­round­ings ( Good

De­sign, pages 20–23), items for out­door en­ter­tain­ing ( Get­away Gear, pages 34-37) or even where to store such items ( How To, pages 24–25), we’ve got you cov­ered.

We also high­light the process oth­ers went through to achieve their per­fect set­ting. Pat and Car­ion Mark­land, for ex­am­ple, knew the minute they bought their prop­erty that they needed a log-style cabin to match the moun­tain set­ting they had planned. “It just didn’t seem right to build a con­ven­tional-framed house in the Ap­palachian Moun­tains,” Pat ex­plains. It’s all about plan­ning. And we’re pro­vid­ing the tools. En­joy!

WHIT­NEY RICHARD­SON Ed­i­tor coun­trys­best­cab­ins@aim­me­

In our April 2014, we in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the price of the Plow & Hearth Medium Mock Rock as $110. It is ac­tu­ally priced at $115. We re­gret the er­ror.

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