Small log cabins have a special charm and feeling all their own. Cozy and comfortable -- often anchored by
a great stone hearth -- they evoke nostalgic images of another time . . . . .
. . . . . . . a time, long ago, when life seemed simple. A time when life appeared less hectic, and the pace was much slower. A time before the advent of cell phones, computers and email.
Secretly, many of us long for those days, once again . . . . . even if only occasionally . . . . . or for
just a brief period of time. A small log cabin pro- vides an ideal escape for just those moments when
we need to get away from it all.
Warmed by a crackling fire, we turn our thoughts away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and let our
imaginations wander . . . . . and wonder about how it must have been. As if stepping onto the canvas of a
painting, we immerse ourselves in the idealized reality of a simpler time.
Comforts of Home by Terry Redlin
No matter the overall size of your small log cabin -- whether just a few hun- dred square feet or a thousand
square feet -- a substantial stone hearth is a "must." The heart -- or hearth -- of any
fireplace. Not only the focal point of the room over which it presides, it is the prominent archi- tectural element that anchors the en- tire structure. The dominant design element around which family and friends gather when getting together. The single most important place in the cabin to go for solace and comfort.
When it comes to great stone hearths, cabin size really doesn't matter! The tiny, picturesque log cabin
pictured below is a perfect example of this. Anchored by the striking, solid and substantial stone fireplace
shown at right, the little cabin presents a pic- ture perfect image of cozy comfort!
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and moss rock fireplace surrounds pic- tured below, right, anchor the cottage-like cabin designs on the left. The cabins range in size from 432 square feet . . . . . shown directly below with a wood stove set inside the fireplace opening . . . . . to 1,148 square feet. Though the scale of the stone hearths relative to the scale of the cabins is substantial, the soaring ceilings and open floor plans combine to make it all work ever so beautifully!