CAPTURING A DREAM
As the youngster grew into an adult, Mchosh gathered the skills neccssary to one day turn that childhood vision into a reality. Over the years, he was employed as an electrician’s assistant and lived for seven years on a commune where he learned to work with his hands. Eventually, Mchosh bccame a self-taught professional photographer with an eve for beauty and detail. Mehosh’s photography career rook off in rhe late 1980s, and he found himselflivingand working in his Santa Barbara
Native American artwork can be found gracing the walls of this rustic retreat. Rugs, throws, and curtains add to the overall feeling srudio. In search of a retreat, he stumbled upon a ramshackle, Depression-era hunting cabin twenty miles outside of the city
“It was in bad shape,” Mehosh recalls, “which enabled me to pick it up pretty cheaply. My original intent was to fix it up and have a weekend getaway, but I quickly discovered that it would be easier starting from scratch rather than building on what was already there.”
And thus, years of planning, saving, scavenging, and creating began. Mehosh soon realized that only the floor and rustic stone fireplace were salvageable. He began designing a new cabin that would be based on the original cabin’s footprint but would incorporate elements that were meaningful to him. “I’d always been drawn to the rustic
Visitors enjoy restful nights In this spacious room.
A kitchen doesn’t have to be large to fit everything in, just practical. vacation resorts along the Hudson River, which gained popularity in the late 1800s,” Mehosh recalls. “Other influences were the houses 1 saw in my travels throughout the Southwest, which used natural elements of earth, wood, and plaster to create an organic feel. My challenge was how to incorporate the two.”
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With this vision in mind and holding tight to his lifelong dream of building a place entirely on his own Mehosh set to work. “Using the existing floor plan, I put pencil to paper and drafted a set of plans in a matter of’weeks,” he says. “Room by room,
I envisioned what it should look like. Not having a comprehensive understanding of count)’ codes or structural requirements, 1 took my drawings to an architectural designer, who drafted a set of plans i could deliver to the building department for permits.”
Ultimately, Mehosh created a design that reflects East Coast and Adirondack styles on the exterior, with Southwestern elements. Plans in hand, he then faced the next major hurdl e: making those plans a reality. “At first, I questioned if I could pul! this off, says Mehosh. “Even my closest friends thought 1 was crazy, but I was determined to do this. I had no formal training in construction, but I was able ro pick it up pretty quickly. Working with my hands and figuring things out as I go is something that has always come relatively easy to me.”
Realizing only the floor and the fireplace were worth saving was one of the owner’s biggest challenges.
The interior is warm and inviting, exquisitely decorated with Native American art, Southwest-style furnishings, and rich earth tones.