February 04, 2013
While it might seem impossible to break any type of building down to four elements, there's no question that a cabin has certain immutable traits. With its rustic flair and countryside charm, whether your cabin is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont or the rolling hills of Nebraska, it's surely a great getaway come winter. But if you're thinking of doing some renovating, make sure you've secured these four elements essential to any ideal winter cabin.
1. Hardwood flooring
You'll find that the style of many homes are dictated by their flooring, and how could there be any better match for a cabin than hardwood? Anderson Floors couldn't agree more, which is why they've been producing premier hardwood floors for over half a century - whether the boards are for a Manhattan loft or a Wisconsin lakeside cabin. Consider the Monroe Hardwood Collection, for example. These gorgeous engineered boards are crafted from red oak and built to last.
2. Warm interior glow
Compared to the other elements on this list, a warm interior glow might seem a little ethereal. But when you picture a winter cabin at twilight or on a dark night, how can you not include a welcoming orange light emanating from windows and doors. How do you get the glow? Part of it's making sure you've got plenty of light, part of it's the warm hues of the hardwood floors and a final factor is going to be the fireplace.
What's winter without a roaring fire in the hearth? Perhaps the most essential ingredient in crafting that warm and cozy interior to a winter cabin is having a fireplace that's ready to give off at least as much character and rustic charm as heat. However, your design and wherever its position in the cabin, it's sure to be a central feature and focal point, so put plenty of time into grooming its look and ambiance.
4. Mudroom or extensive foyer
Cabins can benefit from a big mud room year-round, but if you're going to be snowshoeing, skiing or just running about outside, you'll want plenty of space for jacket, glove and boot removal. Not to mention, the thaw will be here before you know it. And around that time, the mudroom will certainly live up to its name!