Adiron­dack Style

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THE LOOK: Rustic Vic­to­rian dec­o­rated with charm by Mother Na­ture. ES­SEN­TIAL EL­E­MENTS: This style calls for an eclec­tic com­bi­na­tion of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like twigs, branches and logs with their bark in­tact. In­spired by Euro­pean chalets, Adiron­dack style cab­ins of­ten have porches and gable roofs topped with wood shakes. WIN­DOWS AND DOORS: Win­dows in the Adiron­dack style are di­vided into smaller panes, some­times by grilles that cre­ate di­a­mond shapes.

Porches are part of the style, but can block light from en­ter­ing win­dows and make in­te­ri­ors dark. Con­sider ways to bring in light, like dorm­ers, gable-end win­dows or eye­brow win­dows.

Door styles within the Adiron­dack look run the gamut, from pan­eled to plank to those dec­o­rated with branches or bark. Some fea­ture leaded glass. What­ever door or win­dows you choose, trim them in cran­berry red or a rich blue-tinted green for a most au­then­tic Adiron­dack look. IN­TE­RIOR: Orig­i­nally fash­ioned as va­ca­tion re­sorts for the wealthy, the Adiron­dack Great Camps of­fered fire­places for both warmth and am­biance. For the fire­place in your Great Camp in­spired cabin, choose a type of rock that ap­peals to you. Thin mor­tar lines be­tween stones will look most his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate.

Great Camps with sec­ond floors typ­i­cally fea­tured bal­conies or cat­walks ac­cented with rustic twig work. In­clud­ing this type of

de­tail in your cabin is a sure­fire way to evoke the style. SAGE AD­VICE: Small de­tails make a dif­fer­ence. For in­stance, if you plan to in­clude nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, such as bark and twigs, they should be used in a way that high­lights their char­ac­ter while still pro­tect­ing them from the el­e­ments. A pro­fes­sional designer will help you fine­tune the de­tails and pro­por­tions of your Adiron­dack style cabin.

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