Restoring a Heritage Log Cabin - A Labour of Love


| 3/22/2011 12:00:14 AM


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Restoring a heritage log cabin isn’t something I set out to do.  It was never a grand life goal, or something I thought I might like to do ‘someday’.  It just happened, and now, 12 years later, I’m so glad it did.

I bought our little house in the forest somewhere around 1999.  Actually, let me rephrase that – I bought the ‘pieces’ of our little house.  Then the real work started.

Here’s how we did it.

Step 1 – Find Decrepit Log Cabin in the Woods

The original log cabin.

Sometime in the late 1990s, my father was traipsing around in the woods outside our family’s property and came across an old, original homesteader’s log cabin sitting on what at one time must have been a sunny knoll.  Now surrounded by fully grown trees and covered with moss, the building was probably a year away from the roof collapsing and the whole thing rotting into the ground.

It was remarkable it was still intact, as most of the old homesteading cabins in our neck of the woods fell to the ground decades ago.  But for some reason, this one, built in the early 1930s (according to local records) and left abandoned for 40 years, was still standing.  Incredible.  And, I thought, a sign.




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