The picturesque small cabin designs shown here embody a variety of building types not typically associated
with dwellings or retreats. Romantic mid-to-late 19th century structures such as boathouses and gatehouses are
being rehabilitated and adapted for reuse as cozy weekend getaways!
Adirondack Boathouse, Lake Placid, New York
The enchanting stone
that follow evoke European castles in miniature. Above, left, a rustic boathouse in the Adirondacks of Upstate New
York is part of "Camp Solitude," an 1896 summer estate.
In addition, newly constructed boathouses, crowned with charming cupo- las, are being created in period styles
-- complete with built-in living quar- ters above. These timeless "small cabin designs" echo the scale, propor- tion
and detailing of a bygone era while incorporating floor plans tailored to today's lifestyles. The inherent
comfort and easy livability of the interiors, coupled with their period charm, provide a refreshing escape from
today's fast-paced society.
Pool houses, as well, are rehabbed or recreated in period styles to double as guesthouses and temporary
places of refuge. Romantic evocations of another time, they draw upon the style, craftsmanship, ambiance and
in- tegrity of yesteryear.
and other outbuildings -- particularly in Europe -- are also being renovated or re- created in romantic period
styles for use as hideaways and retreats. Whether new or old, details such as picturesque gables and dormers,
ro- mantic turrets and towers, steep rooflines, leaded and multi-paned windows, and intimate, charming porches
provide traditional forms which are easily understood, aes- thetically pleasing and emotionally comforting.
in both America and Europe, similar to those pictured below, are given new
life as guesthouses and romantic re- treats. These charming structures convey a sense of history, permanence,
stability and continuity through their linkage of the present with the past.
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