Adirondack Cabin The design of this cabin (above) was inspired by the 100-year-old log buildings at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Lake Mountain, New York. It features a massive log frame and Japanese-influenced details to create a structure that's both rustic and refined. A set of detailed building plans ($29.95) is available from Better Barns, a Connecticut-based shed-building company. The Adirondack Cabin shown here was built and installed by Better Barns for about $18,000. Construction details. The 12x12-foot cabin is framed with 10-inch-diameter red-pine logs. However, unlike most log- or timber-framed buildings, the exterior walls of this cabin are set inside of the log frame. As a result, the peeled pine logs are visible from both inside and outside the building. To complement the rustic look of the large logs, the cabin's wall studs are chunky 4x4 studs (not skinny 2x4s), and the roof rafters are cut from rough-sawn, full-dimension 2x6s. The walls are sided with rough-sawn, tongue-and-groove 1x6 cedar, which is nailed vertically to the 4x4 framing. Traditional barn-door hardware was used to create the sliding door, which glides open to reveal a 48-inch-diameter round window on the back wall. In keeping with the cabin's simple, clean lines, a pair of modest-sized decks was built leading up to the entrance. Decks are more attractive and functional than a set of stairs and they create a small seating area. The gable roof is topped with architectural-style asphalt shingles. But on the inside it's framed to resemble a wood-shingled roof: Spaced sheathing was nailed to the rafters and then topped with lauan plywood. After a layer of felt underlayment was stapled in place, the shingles were nailed down. It costs a bit more to construct a roof in this manner, but the results are well worth it — and totally appropriate for this unique cabin.

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