Cabins are an escape from civilization, portals into the wilderness, and they come in all shapes and sizes- reflecting the ideology and taste behind the visionaries who make them come to life. Looking at an old cabin without wondering about the life that once filled its rustic, and sometimes conceptual confines is almost impossible.
They carry a sense of mystery, or dreams of an idyllic past, of childhood memories made of sticks, moss, and yearning for connection to nature. Today more than ever, the demand for disconnectedness and contact with nature has brought cabins to the spotlight, and trending terms such as “cabin porn” are widely used among owners and cabin lovers alike.
The earliest log structures built in the United States were erected by immigrants who migrated from Finland and settled down along the Delaware River in the early 1600s. Some of the structures were study and well built enough that some of those very cabins still stand today, serving as inspiration for more unconventional models found around the world. Log cabins today can be complex— considering the work which goes into them to create specific aesthetics that often blend modern design, urban planning and environmentalism into one.
Stone structures in many ways are less complicated than some cabins, especially those depending on locally-grown timber and sprout in unusual locations. By the mid-1800s a new style of cabin was emerging out of the wooded mountains of the northeast. Referred to as “camps”, getaway spots for the wealthy sprouted up around lakes and rivers using locally-grown timber. “Using native trees to provide whole or split logs for framing was a financial consideration—it was much cheaper than hauling milled lumber into the remote, often difficult to reach locations. The camps often relied on larger than normal fireplaces made of native stone to ward off the frigid northeastern chill,” says cabin expert Doug Smith.
This detailed and complex building process seems to have only created more of a hype around the concept of cabins. Brick and mortar homes, albeit beautiful in their own way, don’t have the same comfort level a cabin has. When wondering why so many of us experience this level closeness and truth when staying in cabins versus more modern structures, Marie-France Boyer, author of “Cabin Fever“, mentions the search for solitude and need to throw off the the trappings of worldly life. We couldn’t agree more with the concept of other worldly when it comes to some of these cabins. Our very own collection on Boutique Homes features surreal and innovative building concepts that lead to other worldly structures of unparalleled beauty. We are particularly drawn to these Sea Cabins, pictured below. If you are looking for inspiration for an upcoming trip or want to build your own dream cabin, these stunning properties should get you started on the right foot. Enjoy.
Photo by Siggen Stinessen