My wife, Jamie, has always wanted to build a little log cabin in the woods behind our house.
We live on a 90-acre farm in Vigo County, Indiana. About 60 acres are tillable and pasture, and the balance is rolling hardwood forest. We raise corn, soy beans, alfalfa hay and Registered Texas Longhorn cattle.
Jamie also has three saddle horses, an Arabian gelding, an American Quarter Horse gelding and a paint mare. Additionally she has four miniature donkeys. We also have a flock of heritage laying hens, two sassy Toulouse Geese and several heirloom turkeys.
I collect and maintain a wide range of vintage cars spanning the years from my 1928 Chevrolet Touring Convertible to my 1964 GTO convertible.
Jamie is a kindergarten teacher, and I am a Medical Malpractice defense lawyer. We have been together for 30 years. We have three adult children – two girls and a boy. Five years ago we had no grand children, today we have six – three boys and three girls. We needed room for the kids and Grands to stay when they came to visit, thus the cabin.
Jamie wanted traditional logs and wide chink. It added to the cost. I was not so sure at first, but it was a great decision, we love the look. We don’t see many new cabins with that design. It’s new, but it looks vintage.
The cabin has 500 square feet on the first floor and about half that in the second floor loft. We use it to entertain, sleep in occasionally ourselves and most importantly to have a special place for the Grands to stay when they come visit, which is a frequent event, since they all live within 50-75 miles but all in the city.
The cabin is set on a peninsula of woods extending out above the junction where two streams join to form a larger creek. We love the back porch view of the woods, the water and abundant wildlife. Coyotes, red fox, white tail deer, even an occasional river otter (one was seen while the crew was building the cabin).