Be­yond Ca­noes & Camp­fires

Cabin Living - - Editor’s View -

Did you love sum­mer camp as a kid or hate it? I, for one, loved it: Swim­ming, singing, do­ing arts and crafts, sleep­ing in a musty camp cabin with gig­gling friends… I couldn’t wait for that week ev­ery year.

Who says adults can’t re-live their sum­mer camp mem­o­ries or make new ones? In this is­sue we pro­vide a di­rec­tory of schools and work­shops that teach cabin-build­ing skills. Their lo­ca­tions vary from the Rocky Moun­tains to the up­per Mid­west, and the lodg­ings range from tent camp­ing to bed and break­fast luxury, but the in­tent of each school is the same: to help adults re­dis­cover the fun of learn­ing. Spend a week (or more) with fel­low cabin-lovers and you’ll leave with new skills and new friends.

If you can’t get away to at­tend a work­shop, you can at least sit out­side for a bit and learn some­thing new from this is­sue. From buy­ing land to build­ing a foun­da­tion to in­stalling a dock, you’ll find in­for­ma­tion here to help you set the per­fect scene for your cabin.

One high­light is a spe­cial book ex­cerpt on green build­ing (page 24). Au­thor Bon­nie Pickartz and her hus­band own Goshen Tim­ber Frames and have helped hun­dreds of clients de­sign liv­able, en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and time­less homes. In the book, Pickartz urges read­ers to de­fine their goals for a sus­tain­able home. If you plan to build green, stop and ask your­self why and what you hope to ac­com­plish. Your an­swers to those ques­tions will help you de­sign a cabin that makes both you and the earth happy—and will help guide your de­ci­sion-mak­ing through­out the project.

In ev­ery is­sue, we take you into homes that will in­spire you. The four fea­tured here rep­re­sent a range of styles, from an­tique log cabin to new log lodge to more con­tem­po­rary gems. You’ll see there’s a cabin style to suit all tastes and you’ll find tips—from a floor­ing choice to a floor plan de­tail—to be mined from each fea­tured home.

OK, now go play flash­light tag or roast marsh­mal­lows!

JAN­ICE BREW­STER

Edi­tor coun­trys­best­cab­ins@aimmedia.com

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