Living in the Trees

deep-forest--trees_19-106179We live in a forest.  And we love it.  Aren’t trees one of the reasons we gravitate toward log cabin living? Some people come to our cabin and say, “it’s so shady here, you should cut down some of these trees.”  But that couldn’t be further from our minds.  We love the shade that the big old trees provide.  They keep us cool in the summer and provide shade for sitting outside in our Adirondack chairs, even at high noon.

There’s still plenty of sunshine, and room for sunbathing down at the lake shore, but with the shade and the breeze off the lake, there’s no need for air conditioning, even on the hottest days of the year.  When all the windows are open, and the breeze blows through the house, it feels like you are outdoors even when you are inside, and that’s one of the things we love most about lakeside living.

Our cabin was built in the 1940’s, and most of our trees have been here for at least that long.  So now that we’re considering expanding our cabin to add a larger kitchen and dining area, we’re concerned about the impact of construction on our lovely old trees.

I just read a great article on the Log Cabin Living magazine website about saving trees during construction.  You can read it here:  http://www.loghome.com/saving-trees

We’ll definitely be using these tips to keep our trees safe during construction.  How about you?  Do you have a tree-hugger story to tell?