Beyond Canoes & Campfires
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!