Buttoning Up

Many of the tasks we can’t quite get to during the growing season are now being tackled. The two little cabins are being ‘buttoned up’ with a siding of batt and boarding. The little guest cabin is done, the lights are on, and it’s a warm and toasty place to spend a wintery evening. Down through the woods, the cabin our son Noah built is getting its own finishing touches. A finished floor using some grand wide planked pine from a local mill, really beautiful! An Atlantic Kitchen model 121 woodstove has been put in, a stove we’ve had sitting around waiting for a purpose. This week we’ll design a small kitchen countertop ( a gifted piece of left-over granite countertop), a sink (a small double basin salvaged out a camper), and some storage shelves ( above and below). This is fun work for Rick and I. We love putting our heads together to utilize these small cabin spaces in both an aesthetic and efficient manner. The guest cabin is 10×12 sq. ft. Noah’s cabin is 12×12. Both cabins have a fairly roomy sleeping loft. Aside from the lumber which has been sawed at a local mill, the cabins have been outfitted using recycled or upcycled material. Windows from a friends sunroom, doors salvaged from a carpentry job that Rick had worked on, and much of the interior furnishings were collected from yard sales, roadside, friends, and second-hand stores. The Liberty Tool Company right down the road from us has been a heavily tapped source!
The cabins make a great space for visiting friends, family, or WWOOF volunteers. And, on a snowy afternoon…a great place for me to tuck away with a cup of tea and some knitting!!!

24 comments on “Buttoning Up

  1. Utterly charming and cozy, two of my favorite things. You and Rick are wonders, that’s what you are. I am so impressed with your creativity.

    • Thank you, Laurie. Best part is that it offers up cozy spaces for visitors. My friend Julie came late this summer and spent a week in the little guest cabin and loved having her own little nook. i like spending an afternoon in there from time to time!

  2. The cabin looks so ADORABLE and cozy! I love that you have candles in the windows. Noah’s is going to be just as cozy and sweet, I can tell. What a peaceful refuge.

    • Hey Gearoid, Thank you and great hearing from you. if nothing more the little cabins will offer up spaces to retreat to if ‘you know who’ brings us all to the brink of despair. Did you read about the senator race in Alabama? Thank goodness that election went the way it should and Jones was elected! crazy times here in the U.S, for sure! Keep a space available for me back there in Ireland!!! Best to you and your family this holiday season….and give my best to Kevin as well. Denise

    • Hey Gearoid, Thank you and great hearing from you. if nothing more the little cabins will offer up spaces to retreat to if ‘you know who’ brings us all to the brink of despair. Did you read about the senator race in Alabama? Thank goodness that election went the way it should and Jones was elected! crazy times here in the U.S, for sure! Keep a space available for me back there in Ireland!!! Best to you and your family this holiday season….and give my best to Kevin as well. Denise

  3. I have cabin envy! What is it about these tiny, adorable spaces that moves us in ways bigger spaces don’t, even when they’re cozy in their own right? And, yes–we LOVE Alabama right now!

    • My daydream is to have many little cabins tucked into the woods for folks to come and enjoy. We really love building them, time is the only factor. I’m thinking a treehouse, next! When you come to Maine, you’ll have your pick, Kerry! And yes, thank goodness for the voters and voice of Alabama!

  4. I was going to write something similar to Kerry’s comment. It’s fascinating how little houses speak to something in us. Treehouses are the best! I can’t wait to see what you do with one.

    • As I get older, small spaces seem more appealing to me. I think it aligns with my on-going life instinct to pare down. Need less, make more space ( with less space) for wandering and thought….and knitting and spinning, of course!

  5. The cabin looks so cozy. Perfect place to curl up with a good book on a snowy day…since I’m not a knitter. Alabama was a happy surprise…thank goodness.
    Really enjoyed your pictures of the Irish stone walls.
    Happy holidays to all.

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