My design fantasy has always been to work on a cabin. Sitting around a fire curled up in a blanket sipping hot drinks is my forte! Creating a space for a family to do just that is a dream come true. The cherry on top of the cake is that this is a new build so we have complete control over the design.
The Great Room has to be my favourite space. The ceilings are 30' high with exposed timber trusses, a floor to ceiling fireplace, and plenty of room to add cozy oversized pieces of furniture. Did I mention the ceiling will be cladded in shiplap!?
Here's a preview of some space planning I've been working on:
Before starting a project it is key to gather inspiration. This helps create a direction for a project and helps put blinders on when sourcing finishes and furniture. I am going for mixing cozy elements while still maintaining a light and fresh feel (cozy doesn't have to feel like a dark cave!). Because there are floor to ceiling windows, I also want to use clean elements to not distract from the gorgeous lake views.
There's something about concept boards...I just can't help but create one for each living space of a project! I don't want to spoil too much but below are the concept boards for the kitchen, Dining and Great Room. Because it is an open concept, it is important to define each space but make sure they still flow together by repeating elements (colour, texture, finish, style, scale, etc.).
Because this is a cabin, you also have to have a functional and utilitarian approach, while still being aesthetically pleasing, to EVERYTHING! Picture children running indoors from the lake, having the doors and windows open on a hot day, plenty of guests visiting...you name it. Every detail has to be well thought out (using durable fabrics, plenty of circulation space within the Great Room, not blocking the views of the lake...).
Take a peek as what is planned so far:
This project will take around 24 months to complete but I can already see the finished result in my mind. Call me biased but, it is going to be one beautiful space to enjoy many days at the lake. If you follow me here on Instagram, you will see the 'behind the scenes' of this project over the next little while.