Country Living (USA) - - COUN­TRY LIV­ING -

Like most first-time home buy­ers, Port­land, Ore­gon– based designer Max Humphrey (max­humphrey .com) found that his list of can’t-live-with­outs changed as soon as he faced the re­al­i­ties of what he could af­ford. So, Max, who light­heart­edly de­scribes his aes­thetic as “high-style cow­boy,” set about hunt­ing for a subur­ban spot with hid­den po­ten­tial that he could trans­form into his own per­sonal camp­ground. “I al­ways wanted to live in a cabin—deep in the woods and off the grid—but we’re not in a po­si­tion to do that right now,” he says. (That “we” in­cludes his fam­ily and cat, Sabina.) His cab­inin-the-mak­ing turned out to be a 1,100-square-foot 1970s rancher full of cheap car­pet, cheaper linoleum, and beige-y yel­low dry­wall that was a bank-owned fore­clo­sure on a street that ends on a cul-de-sac. (Its prox­im­ity to a 48-acre na­ture park

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