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.