Cabins: creating the classic summer getaway

Lake Mille Lacs

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In Minnesota, cabin culture is deeply ingrained. Going “up north” and “to the lake” might sound mystifyingly non-specific to outsiders, but any Minnesota native knows exactly what those phrases mean – and they mean a lot.

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Cabins are a link to a simpler time and place, where happy memories are made over generations. That simplicity and sense of nostalgia inform our perspective on cabin design and architecture.

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Photo credit | Shelter

Of course, views are critical when it comes to designing and building a cabin. What you see out the windows is an essential element of the cabin’s character and can help define the design of the cabin. But there are a few other things to take into account when creating the ideal cabin environment:

1) Inspire fun, relaxation and togetherness

You should be able to have a good time at a cabin whether the sun is shining or the sky is pelting down rain. Family gathering places are highly important – they’re where you’ll gather for board games, eating, putting together puzzles and more.

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In addition to the outdoor spaces, having spots to curl up on rainy days, or simply escape the evening influx of bugs, is equally necessary. It all comes down to what you like to do – and then making it easier to enjoy all of those things.

 

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2) Create spaces that help simplify practical tasks

Slowing down is important to cabin life, and the efficiency we demand in our busy work-week lives isn’t always so highly prioritized. Dishes get done by hand instead of being loaded into the dishwasher.

color pencil drawing | Kurt Gough

color pencil drawing | Kurt Gough

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Photo credit | Shelter

 

Broken things get fixed, little carpentry projects are taken up. Having comfortable places to take care of these tasks, as well as daily basics like meal prep and cooking, is something that needs to be taken into consideration, both in architecture and interior design.

 

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3) Incorporate styles you love

Tradition is closely tied to cabin culture, and we’re fans of that concept. But at the same time, modern sensibilities can be blended with well-loved style. Balancing design between the modern and the nostalgic is a great way to capture the memories inherent to cabin living while still giving the space an up-to-date feel.

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Photo credit | Shelter

See you at the lake! Your friends at Shelter.


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