A get-away cabin Published on January 31, 2014

Interior custom timber frame cabinThis is not Thoreau’s cabin—its Deb’s. Hers was framed in oak by Hardwick Post & Beam and has electricity, a loft, earth-tone floor tiles, lots of light, and more space than the 19th century philosopher’s rustic dwelling on Walden Pond.

Also, it’s not her home, but a daily retreat where she writes and often sleeps, only a few hundred feet behind her house. But Deb too sited her cabin on a pond. While her pond is much smaller than Walden, she enjoys awakening to the view across the water, which was frozen and snow-covered when these photos were taken.

Thoreau wood cabin home exteriorJust outside the door, a tiny stone man bows to visitors. Inside, in handsome calligraphy on one of the white plaster walls, is a line of poetry from Maya Angelou. A throw pillow offers this message in needlepoint: “My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” (Thoreau’s cabin brought him fame, but Deb may be having more fun.)

smallstone man, Thor cabinSAM_1283Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

How do you imagine your timber frame retreat?

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