Property & Finance

Tips for Siting Your Cabin

When deciding where to build your dream retreat, there are many factors to consider.
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: May 14, 2014
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Between a rock and a hard place? Cabin dreamin’ is fun, but deciding where a cabin should go can be the most challenging part of the building process.     

That’s because each parcel of land has its own character and personality. Which is why, presumably, you chose yours. But even if it was love at first “site,” don’t rush into construction.

“Spend as much time on the property as you can,” advises Robert Knight, AIA, Maine architect and author of “A House on the Water: Inspiration for Living at the Water’s Edge.” He recommends,“Camp out. After awhile, you’re going to know where the house should be.” Knight is currently drawing plans for a couple who did just that – for five years. Last winter, they found a spot that was warmer than the rest of the property. Turns out it was open, more elevated, and sheltered from wind – ideal conditions for a cabin.

Of course, you don’t have to wait five years. Sometimes, there really is only one spot to build. Or maybe you’re remodeling an existing retreat. Just consider this: A well-sited cabin not only graces the land, it takes full advantage of the setting to keep you cozy.
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