Building a Backyard Cabin

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Text by Lauren Eberle  /  Photography by Jay Sinclair

A family gives thanks for a mountain-inspired escape that’s just steps away from their home.

It’s a mere 75 feet from the back door of John and LaDonna Bost’s home to their secluded cabin getaway. And yet it takes only one step inside to discover why this longed-for retreat has become a sanctuary for so many.

The couple’s mountain-home dreams began many years ago when the Bosts were spending more and more time in the quaint village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Desiring a log cabin to share with friends and family, the pair one day realized that their wooded backyard might be just the land they were meant to build on.

Carolina_Cabin_stone_fireplaceConstruction began on Memorial Day 2005 with one caveat: LaDonna wanted her family to be in it by Thanksgiving. From there, her vision began to take shape, featuring a red tin roof that harmonizes the pitter-patter of rain, beautiful pine-bark shingles hand-laid by the Bosts and their friends, and a sentimental century-old wood door from LaDonna’s father’s granary.

Autumnal hues provide year-round floor-to-ceiling warmth via rich window treatments, caramel-colored leather, and bold upholstery and rugs.  

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