The Adirondack Cabin

The Adirondack Cabin

by Robbin Obomsawin
     
 

The famous Adirondacks of upstate New York are world famous for their camps built from the land, surrounded by some of the most untamed and stunning landscape that has inspired so many. This rugged terrain gave birth to its own form of distinctive architecture that has stood the test of time and remains a classic. Although the original great camps of the 1900s were

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Overview

The famous Adirondacks of upstate New York are world famous for their camps built from the land, surrounded by some of the most untamed and stunning landscape that has inspired so many. This rugged terrain gave birth to its own form of distinctive architecture that has stood the test of time and remains a classic. Although the original great camps of the 1900s were so talked about because of their expansive sizes, today's generations of builders are creating their own forms of great camps that return to the roots of Adirondack architecture.

Robbin Obomsawin, in her sixth book, highlights the components that make an Adirondack camp spectacular. She reviews the most traditional exterior siding choices, heavy timber construction methods, the classic elegance of log elements and accents, porches, bunk rooms, fireplaces, trusses, outdoor showers, furnishings and twig art along with some of the more subtle effects and trade secrets of window and door patterns.

Peek through a collection of camps comprising a mix of log cabins and log-element structures of 1,500 square feet and less that inspire a host of design ideas for any dwelling. Adirondack Cabins is perfect for those looking to re-create the casual yet romantic décor and rustic charm of the Adirondacks in their own home.

About the Author

Robbin Obomsawin is the construction manager and general contractor for Beaver Creek Log Homes. She combines over twenty years of log-joinery experience with her knowledge of conventional construction methods, and has served as vice president of the International Log Builder's Association for Handcrafters. She is the author of Small Log Homes, Best Log Home Plans, The Not So Log Cabin, Log Cabin Classics and The Arts & Crafts Cabin. She resides in upstate New York.

About the Photographer

Photographer Nancie Battaglia lives in Lake Placid, New York, and has been documenting Adirondack lifestyles, scenes, themes and sporting activities for over twenty-five years. Her stock and assignment photography has seen credit in numerous editorial publications such as Sports Illustrated, Ski, Newsweek, Boys Life, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Adirondack Life and the New York Times, as well as in books, promotional material for I Love NY, the Adirondack region and many classic

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A distinctly American style of home design-marked by twig art, natural log railings, bunk rooms, rustic furniture and covered porches-gets enthusiastic treatment by Obomsawin and Battaglia in this attractive yet functional book. As inspirational as it is prescriptive, the work celebrates not only the forms and lines of Adirondack architectural style (which, Obomsawin explains, "blends with nature's own structural decor"), but also the environs in which such architecture is typically found, which abound with rock formations, mountains and lakes. Obomsawin (The Arts & Crafts Cabin; etc.) does provide some building plans and technical detail, including diagrams of vertical log siding, floor plans for an upstairs loft complete with multiple bunks and a reading nook, and renderings of multiple variations of trusses (although the book hardly serves as a do-it-yourself guide to building a cabin). But even readers who aren't planning to construct or renovate this kind of home will appreciate the warmth and character of the book's style and might want to add it to the stack on the coffee table-preferably a rustic-looking one made from rough-hewn logs and natural wood. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586857417
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
05/06/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Nothing can capture our hearts and imaginations quite the same as the pure simplicity of an Adirondack camp. It is without a doubt the most refined rustic form of architecture. The use of natural materials with their myriad imperfections creates the ironic effect of perfection itself. Many designers and home owners have fallen in love with and borrowed the Adirondack style of architecture and interior design to use in their homes the world over because its rustic décor is casual, yet romantic. Even from a distance, the Adirondack camp radiates romance as it wraps itself in spectacular terrain. It is a love affair with nature that has caused this form of architecture and design to be so popular in many areas.

It is our ideal human experience to integrate nature into every possible aspect of daily living, where man and nature can coexist in harmony with one another. The Adirondack architectural style is one in which the structure blends with nature's own structural décor. This age-old design has stood the test of time and continues to remain a classic. This symbiotic arrangement allows us the chance to live in harmony with nature as well as give back to the land. It is our individual spirits that bring life into a home and our passion and dedication that creates what each of us considers the "perfect" home.

During the early twentieth century, Adirondack great camps were established by wealthy rail and oil barons such as the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers who wanted to get away and enjoy nature to its fullest. These camp structures incorporated natural materials into every aspect of the constructions in an effort to create a complete natural effect. Although not all of us want or need a large ornate camp to enjoy nature, we can create our own modern-day great camp where the simplicity of nature itself echoes throughout our modest dwellings. The great camps of today are designed to not compete with nature but to work with it by blending in with the natural landscapes and disturbing the environment as little as possible. The Adirondack tradition is to build and design camps that respect, protect and preserve Mother Nature. What a wonderful gift and privilege to be her caretaker, even if for just a short period of time.

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Meet the Author

Robbin Obomsawin is the construction manager and general contractor for Beaver Creek Log Homes. She combines over twenty years of log-joinery experience with her knowledge of conventional construction methods, and has served as vice president of the International Log Builder's Association for Handcrafters. She is the author of Small Log Homes, Log Cabin Classics, and The Arts & Crafts Cabin. She resides in upstate New York

Nancie Battaglia, a freelance photographer, lives in Lake Placid, New York, and has been documenting Adirondack lifestyle, scenes, themes and sporting activities for more than twenty-five years. Her photography has been seen in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Ski, Newsweek, Boys Life, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Adirondack Life, the New York Times, as well as in books and promotional materials for the Adirondack region.

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