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GARDEN ROOM–CABIN

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IN THE FORESTS

The Forest Fire Season begins here in NJ. In April. Please use care for open fires in our forests and in YOUR forests!

We would like everyone to keep their cabins intact for outdoor pleasures!

INDOOR ROOMS– THE CABIN STYLE

Much of the same type of furniture can be used inside to make a cabin-like room. There is even wallpaper that looks like rustic logs or weathered siding! The stick furniture can be found both in catalogs and in handmade specialty shops.

This looks relaxing and nice for a family room or den, as well as, a remodeled basement room. A fireplace is almost essential for the feeling and atmosphere, too. Not all fireplaces have to be real as there are costs involved, permits, etc. But there are faux fireplaces (we have 2 in our home here) that can be found in fireplace shops and catalogs. Some of the faux fireplaces use the electric logs. We have 2 sets that at the time were about $100.00 each.

 Another great idea for the cabin effect is the use of fleece bedding or blackest/throws that look like the western blankets. Handmade rustic crafts, American Indian collectibles and art are an additional plus to the look. Many areas are near to an Indian Reservation, such as we are, and the crafts/art purchased from the Reservation helps the American Indians.

Looking at all the rustic and cabin-type things in magazines and books you can decide how to go about it and make some of the things your self. Flea markets are a good place to start for the “old looking” items that you may want to incorporate in the room.

And– Don’t forget to include a warm rug for your furkids so they can relax with you!

OUTDOOR ROOMS– THE CABIN STYLE

Our cabin is not in a forest at all but in a garden room in our gardens here. This area was made into a “woods” area and we even have a name for it:

THE CABIN IN CAMP-REST-A-WHILE-2006

 It is complete with the LOST LAKE, a bridge, and a gravel area– all reminiscent of a “Camp”. I guess it must have been all those camping trips with my family, the Scouts, and a dream of a cabin for a get-away. My husband also spent a great part of his life camping, kayaking, white-water rafting, and seeing the greater parts of nature in the US.

We both like wildlife and watching butterflies and birds. Since we made many travels together and walked in many parks and forests, we created this garden room for our get-away near an existing native red maple tree where was a drop in the landscape. This was the place where we put in the LOST LAKE and a bridge.  Due to the natural drop, we only had to make one side of the area higher for the other side of the LOST LAKE.  It is approximately 30-feet long and 15 wide at the widest end. The “head-of–the-river” is actually the unseen hose from the pump made into a waterfall over large river rocks.

The tree in the foreground of the picture above is a GIANT SEQUOIA–yes the real thing! In NJ? Yes, they will grow in NJ in well, drained soil, in a location away from heavy winds but will not get as big as the California monsters. (This is a special cv. and not easy to locate. The native tree is dark green.) Since we have bad cross winds here on the corner, and we are environmentally-challenged, I had to experiment using fir and spruce seedlings. After a few years, I purchased the expensive giant sequoia cv.. in a good size. It grows rather fast and the blue-grey branches are just right! [Every couple of years I cut the lower branches for use in the house as Christmas decorations.]

In this area we planted the under story plants: azaleas, rhododendrons,  bleeding hearts, daylilies, oriental lilies, hollies, Andromeda, spruces, firs, and more. Native plants that were included: sweet pepper bush, and bayberry, and sensitive ferns to name a few.

We plant to ad a porch to the cabin that overlooks the LOST LAKE so there is still much to do. In a few years, all of Camp-Rest-A-While will be hidden from the house. We take our “vacations” here now and save gas and money!

This is what garden rooms do–they provide a get-away from the house!

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THE CABIN IN 2006

THE CABIN IN 2010- OUR “OFFICIAL” SIGNS SHOW THE NAME OF THE CAMP AND LAKE

THE CABIN CHANGES-2010

Around 2007, we had to paint over the green stain on all outdoor surfaces of the cabin. Stain does not stop carpenter bees from drilling holes in the walls!! They went right though to the inside. Not one person we talked to knew this.

My father passed away in July 2007 but we kept his tree, the large red maple, until the spring of 2009. We had to have it removed as part was getting dangerous. The arborists at Bartlett’s Tree Experts were telling us to brace it for the past few years. We did have the canopy reduced by them in 2006 but it didn’t help the large, split trunk which needed bracing. We decided to remove it and plant a new tree. The new red Japanese maple will only get  about 15 feet. Unfortunately, the tree removal makes the cabin more visible.

In fall 2009, we drained the Lost Lake to replace the liner and decided that it was the right time for a porch or deck. Due to the roof alignment, we aren’t able to put a porch on but a deck will be done.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO SEE THE CONTRUCTION AND FINISHED DECK!

Fall is a great time to cook outdoors and have fire pits! Click on the picture!