Much thought went into making the home visually friendly to those out on Lake lairlee, as well The center gable’s style echoes the regions century-old architecture, with its classic dark-brown shingle exterior and green trim blending into the property’s tall pines. Also, to minimize the impression of size, rooHines were kept intentionally low. And. Suzv says, “From the water, one can never see both wings at the same time.’ These extra efforts have been worth it. “We get so many nice comments from paddlers. ’ she says.
I JUST MIGHT KNOW A GUY
When it came to making the inside special, the Kerrs got some help from their builder. Chip Odell (“a man who knows a guy, says Suzy). Through a series of special connections with hunters, woodsmen, and collectors, Chip got hold of some hemlock flooring from a classic New England inn’s casino game room. This reclaimed wood is now laid throughout the Kerrs home, making it feel like the place has always been there.
Because die family was nearing the top of their budget, Chip had a great idea for the bathroom vanity. By distressing pieces of pine board, the inexpensive wood fit right in w ith the rustic hemlock flooring.
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“A story I love telling is about a bet placed by Chip on exactly when we’d notice the stonework,” says Suzy. Chip had convinced a skilled mason to build the Kerr’s fireplace. “It rook us two months to notice the shapes of Vermont and New Hampshire laid in the fireplace,” Suzy admits, even after we spent so much time in the room painting all the walls ourselves!’ And though the mason denies it, the Kerrs say they can clearly see his initials in the stonework, too. “It was his last fireplace ever. Who can blame him?” Not the Kerrs.
One of Cobin Living magazine’s most popular issues is the annual “Small Cabin Issue.” The genesis of modern America’s enduring fondness for small home living is often linked to Sarah Susanka’s blog The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live, which first published in 1998. Just as in Susanka’s blogs, a common theme of the cozy cabin stories that follow is making the most of small spaces.
Originally from rhe Northeast, Lynn Wachter grew up vacationing at her great-grandfather’s cottage on Fire Inland, a barrier island in the Atlantic off the coast of New York. She hoped that one day she, too. would own a tranquil getaway.
In 2002, her dream was realized when she and her husband, Steve, bought a 750-squarc-foot cabin on Goodrich Lake in Crosslake, Minnesota. Although Lynn immediately fell in love with the Northwoods atmosphere, she wanted to pull more light into the dark-green interior to recreate the air)’ ambiance of her grandfather’s beach cottage.
But ambiance would have to wait, since at the time the family didn’t have the resources to renovate. They did, however, snatch up the adjacent hundred-foot lot with a 450-square-foot mini-cortage. With bunk beds, bathroom, small kitchen, and screened porch, it was well suited for guests.
The owners used the footprint of the old deck to create the master bedroom and front entry.
Bedroom furniture (the nightstands, bed, and dresser) came from IKEA.