I planned to write this post from the site of our future cabin–cup of tea in hand, words flowing onto my computer screen inspired by a gentle breeze and incoming tide. But no. Thanks to a catastrophic plumbing situation here at home, a very naughty move by Winifred, and a gale wind warning and small-craft advisory, I am not. Instead I sit at my kitchen table surrounded by dirty dishes and piles of toys and laundry, yearning for cabin life.
This weekend was to be our last summer trip to my parents’ cabin in Halibut Cove. My sister and I grew up spending summers on the small island community, which is six miles across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska.
Halibut Cove is the place where I feel happiest in the world. I really want Opal to grow up with the freedom and wonder that I felt as a kid there, and so this summer we started seriously exploring the possibility of buying property on the island. We looked at a few spots and then my parents very generously offered to let us build a cabin on their property!
I am beyond excited and also a little overwhelmed by the project. Construction is set to begin in the spring (and please understand that when I say ‘we are going to build a cabin’ I mean ‘we are hiring professionals to build a cabin for us’) and so I have been feverishly collecting images and ideas, and I thought I would share a sample with you here.
We’re aiming for about 900 square feet and two storeys. Here are a few cabins from the interwebs that capture something of the feel we’re going for:
Just looking at these pictures is getting me so excited, I can’t wait until next summer! I wish I could be in our cabin right now instead of looking at the ever-growing midden piles here in our house. Time to put pen to paper and start making lists and drawing rough designs. Any advice for good cabin inspiration sources, or specifics we should consider as we go through the design process? Thanks for reading along–there’s a lot of blog fodder in this project so stay tuned!