After a job change and a move to another state, Cathy and Mike Harris searched for a new home until they happened upon this rustic cabin. Cathy says that rustic is their preferred style, but she also enjoys the flow of open spaces common in modern designs. “I liked that the kitchen area was open to the other rooms,” Cathy explains. Originally built in 1891, it’s unlikely this cabin even had a kitchen until many years later.
On the edge of the room Cathy proudly points out old logs and chinking that are marks of what is thought to be the early exterior of the cabin. Today’s working kitchen extends from there. It’s not known who added the brick surrounding the double oven and counter base, but it was most likely done in the recent past along with the installation of the cabinets. The newest addition to the room has been the granite countertops and a bar.
In the dining area, just a few steps down from the kitchen, sits a large round table originally belonging to Cathy’s mother. The accompanying chairs are made from hickory wood and have woven seats and backs. The chandelier looks like antlers but is actually carved alabaster. The large hutch holds Cathy’s dishware collection of Spode’s Woodland pattern.
Cathy says she knows of at least seven owners of the cabin who have cooked and entertained family and friends in this kitchen, and she hopes to continue doing the same.