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Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by Jennifer Graves, Jun 26, 2015.
No, we have Amish colonies here in Maine. We used an Amish-owned business in Smyrna, Maine.
We got ours from the Amish in Kentucky. They have the most beautiful gazebos and swings. The quality you get for the amount of money you spend is insanely better than anywhere else! Its ideal for my husband and me. We need more acreage, though. You really should look into it. It'll be heaven, so I really hope you do do it!
How do you plan on doing your kitchen? I'm feeling good about it being to the right as soon as you walk in the door. But I'm at a total loss for any details. I've kind of starting looking for one of those fridges bigger than a dorm fridge, small than a regular fridge. And one of those apartment size stove/ovens. But thats as far as I've gotten
We went to a car show last weekend, it was as hot as all get out, but they had several of these cabins and sheds on display right at the show. there was this one that I just loved, it had like a green house in the front with glass on the roof portion and I thought it was just divine, there was so much space in the main area and a loft. I could just imagine adding a wrap around porch to that at some point, plus there was plenty of area if you wanted to enlarge and add more rooms. I felt the logs were a great improvement over just insulation, but I could be wrong on that. The green house was not logs, and I am not sure if the windows opened but it seemed like they could have. Since I lie to garden and figure thats what I would be doing on the property the green house seems like a great idea, I could see me having my tea there in the mornings or watch the rain or stars at night.
what a great way to end my weekend!
Our cabin is placed so that a short end of the cabin faces the road, the only wall without a window, to reduce the visibility of the cabin from the road. As the cabin is approached from the road, the door is on the long end to the left, but near the corner, leaving just enough room to the right of the door for boots, a coat rack, etc. We are planning on a combined cooking/heating stove, which will be to the left of the door, along the same wall as the door.
Although I would love to have a Pioneer Maid or a Pioneer Princess, realistically we'll probably only be able to afford the Baker's Choice model, with the optional hot water reservoir, which isn't as pretty, but it will work fine. It has a smaller cooking area, but there's just the two of us. I'll probably buy the stove from the Amish too because the price is about the same, and they can get people to deliver stuff to off-road locations at reasonable prices, whereas if I were to buy it elsewhere, I'd be stuck trying to figure out how to get it there.
Since it gets hot here in the summer, I would also build some sort of an outdoor kitchen so that the cabin wouldn't overheat whenever we cooked something. Something with a roof so that I won't have to move things around when it rains.
I love that stove! we have a cast iron wood stove with to spots on the top for cooking. But, like you said, it'll get really hot in the summer. I never even considered an outdoor kitchen. I like that idea, though. I'm no grill master, but I could learn. An outside stove, though, I bet I whip up some pretty good meals on it.
I am getting lost in this thread. This looks like a time travel thread particularly with that appliance which looks more like an antiquated washing machine. Don't laugh, I am serious, just saying what I perceive. And I read Amish. Can anyone explain what it is? With gazeebo and swing, gee, that's one great garden you have there. How I wish I could drop by your place so I can see for myself if what you are posting here are all true or not. Hahahaaa, just joking.
@Corie Henson, My kitchen is not to most people's taste, but it does fit in with the log cabin style. It is very simple, and without the appliances, I think it is more like the old fashion kitchens of days gone by. My pantry is the candy apple red stand alone closet. I found it in a ditch, it had been in a fire, so I hauled it home, replaced the burned side and back, and put in two shelves, and I painted it to go with my kitchen. It holds tuns of food. There are no cabinets in the kitchen, just shelves, and everything else hangs from the ceiling.
It's not for everyone but my boys built my kitchen with a little help from a old Mexican man that spoke no English, and all for only $5,000.
Very nice, @Ina I. Wonder
I love that old fashioned style! It's beautiful @Ina I. Wonder
@Ina I. Wonder I love your place, you get it that sometimes more is not better, but in all seriousness thats quite a few plates on one shelf! Yikes! I like the side staking shelves for the plates, such a smart idea.
It looks like you cook a whole lot, do you also can? I just cracked open the concord grape jelly I canned last year and it was so good. This year I have not decided what I want to can yet. I can imagine you making cookies and all sorts of yummy things on that stove. I love to cook so I am actually pretty envious of your kitchen area, right now I have a long galley style kitchen and it is not the best for cooking huge amounts of food.
You may have told me in another thread and I forget, do you have a pot belly or a fireplace in the other room?
I will be satisfied if I can make my cabin even a 10th as nice as yours!
I love your kitchen. Do you think it's going to be difficult to say goodbye to your cabin, or are you read to move on to the next phase of your life? I think it would be hard for me to let go of something that was built with the hands of my family members, but I always have difficulty with letting go of anything I'm emotionally attached to.
@Jenn Windey, I have scaled down on the dishes I now need, but those shelves were built by my techie husband, and so he over built them to carry a ton of weight.
I used to grow, harvest, can or freeze much of the food we ate. When my family was large, I raised rabbits, cows, pigs, and chickens for the freezer. Cooking was like art to me, so all my recipes can from my imagination. The problem came from when someone wanted me to repeat something I fixed weeks before.
@Jennifer Graves, when we first started to revive this old cabin, we were told we should tear it down, because it was so unhealthy and dangerous. We had always tried to get the kids to bank there money, and use their brawn where they could, instead of paying others to do what they were capable of doing themselves. So grab whomever you can, and find out what their talents are. Most are secretly hopeing that someone will see their talents. Try bartering your skills for their's. Big companies just give you cookycutter applications for the highest dollor they can get. You and your friends can give you some nice custom pieces, for a fraction of the general cost.
@Diane Lane, I do love this place. So much love has dwelled within these walls. I have a lifetime of memories here of my growing family, but most of them are gone now, and it seems I can't move forward as I reside in all my memories. I don't seem to be able find a future for myself while I am living in the past.
Then there is the fact that this old cabin will begin to fall back into disrepair without the talents my family acquired while restoring it. The city of Houston is moving it's way out here, and I don't want to live in the city. I sign the papers for the sale of my other home by the end of this month, and I'll put this cabin up for sale in the early spring. This will allow me to buy an acre up in the Sam Houston National Forest, and build myself a 1300 sq.ft., with a half loft cabin for about $50,000. As long as I am frugal, I'll be able to do well.
And nothing can take my memories away.
@Ina I. Wonder I have a feeling the new place will also have a lot of character. No doubt you'll be making new memories up there. I think you said you'd be living near your brother, which sounds as if it would be good for you. I'm sure y'all will be exploring the wilderness soon after you're settled in there.
@Ina I. Wonder Thats wonderful advice! I'm taking an electrician course. If I get really grasp it, I want to do it myself. And my husband is a jack of many trades, but plumbing isn't one of the many. Doing it this way could save us A LOT of money. I'm gong to have to seriously start thinking about who I should talk to. Thank you!
@Jennifer Graves, look and see if you have a local community blog that you can list the services you can provide, and you can also list services you need. Some communities still have free local newspapers. Trading services is becoming a good way to get things done that you might not be able to afford any other way. You can even trade sewing torn work clothes for yard work. The possibilities are endless.
I have a couple of places I can check with. We have a local monthly publication here. It'll pay to put an ad in there, (thats how they support a free paper), but it'll be worth it if I can just find one person who'll trade with us. The plumbing is our biggest issue, currently. I'm sure there will be more by the time we're done. lol
Wow, you people are so blessed to have these wonderful cabins. They are beautiful.
Economically, it just made the most sense. I'm making payments on the building for 3 yrs, instead of 30 years like a we would on a house. We can set it up exactly the way we like it. And in the end it's smaller, but it's ours, and cheaper than a house. Its actually cheaper than the average 1 bdr apartment rent, around here.