Work on the cabin began when she chose Lands End Development, a custom home designer and builder in nearby Crosslake, to bring the dream to life. “She wanted a real cottage feel,” says Matt Balmer, who co-owns the firm with his brother, Jeff Balmer. “ There are coffered ceilings, headboard, natural wood, and just a blend of textures. Most of the materials were sourced locally, which helped keep costs down.”
Gayles wish list included “lots of windows, a fireplace, and nice finish materials.” A bathroom on each the cabin’s three Hoors was also a must.
“The biggest challenge was getting everything to fit into the small footprint,” adds Jeff Balmer. “But we enjoy those challenges.”
Also figuring in the cabin’s design was Gayle’s love of nature. “I wanted to save a large red pine Coffered ceilings, natural light, and an open floor plan were some of the must-haves for this dream cabin tree that was in the middle of the buildable area, she said. ‘It worked out that the tree became the focal poinr between the house and garage. ’
Having a bathroom on each floor was also on the must-have list. The owner dedicated space above the garage for her hobbies. Other site considerations included the fact that the property is on a bluff. “I was forced to build approximately 125 feet back from the lake and 30 feet back from the top ol the bluff.” Gayle says. Allowing space for the septic and well condensed Gayles buildable space even more. However, she was undeterred. “I needed to keep the footprint small and use three levels to get the spaces 1 wanted. It worked out perfectly. So instead ol worrying about die fact diat I’m getting older arid it might be harder to live on different levels. 1 look at it as a way to keep me fit. And I love the size, shape, and the way the house ended up sited on the property.”
The building project had to take into account that the property if. located on a bluff
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The 672-square-foot main floor features an open concept living room, dining area, and kitchen, along with half bath. A master suite lays claim to the second floor.
The walkout basement has a bedroom, a small family room, a laundry closet, bath, office nook, and mechanical room. “With the setback of Gayles land on the knoll, we had to look at different layouts,” says Jeff. “We worked in a reverse walkout where the walkout is toward the road rather than the lake.”
Plus, Gayle wanted bonus space above the one-car garage. Two built-in beds, a sitting area, and a large table for crafting make good use of the extra 432 square feet. “1 enjoy many, many crafts including making mosaics and baby quilts,” she says.
LIVING AT THE LAKE
When not crafting, Gayle enjoys hiking, snow-shoeing, and biking. “Mostly 1 love gardening and making my outside as beautiful as the inside,” she says.
She also loves hosting family and friends at her retreat. Of special importance axe her grand-nieces and grand-nephews. “We enjoy swimming, crafting, playing games, and sitting by the campfire,” says Gayle. “The kids love sleeping in the window bed or in the upper garage, and the girls love my big freestanding bathtub.”
This cabin definitely proves that good things come to those who wait,
The owner wanted a rustic look for the outside of her cabin with an interior that has some fine homebuilding qualities.
Nestled between a rushing stream and a steep rrVounta inside, the stone-shtathed cottage stands on the footprint of the humble cabin built long ago by the homeowner’s grandfather.
Hidden deep in the I’isgah National Forest of western North Carolina, the humble retreat was called the “Kibbin because its owner’s youngest son, aged three, could not pronounce “cabin.