You'll want to take a look inside this rustic cabin building that is nestled inside a nature park in New Jersey. Since 1985, this 40-acre, non-profit nature park was nestled within the town of Oakland and has charmed visitors attending conferences, wedding receptions, research expeditions, and meditative retreats. Bergen County, New Jersey, is an area that is rich with historic and natural treasures that keep outdoor enthusiasts, families, and history lovers coming back for more. One hidden trove is the 40-acre, non-profit nature park that is nestled within the town of Oakland, fand features some of Mother Nature’s finest.
Bois de Chiens which translates to Woods of Dogs is owned and managed by Laurence Levine. Since 1985, the private property and its grounds have charmed plenty of visitors who have attended everything from research expeditions, wedding receptions, conferences, and meditative retreats. At the core of Bois, de Chiens is its sense of camaraderie and friendship, not unlike the property’s Irish pub, that was designed to replicate a London landmark that Levine used to visit. The Irish pub was built by tradesmen from Belfast and is complete with a stained glass shamrock, four beer spouts, and an Irish hearth.
Levine is a Brooklyn native who fell in love with the Lake Champlain Region, and his passion inspired the park’s latest outdoor venture with this picturesque log cabin building. In 2017, he turned to Log Chips, to help erect his vision. The result is a 1,000-square-foot, engineered log cabin building that includes a loft, three bunk beds, a barbecue pit, an outdoor entertainment area, and a matching log house outhouse. The log cabin building has a wrap-around porch that is complete with wrought-iron balusters that give contrast against their natural wooden surroundings.
You might find yourself feeling inspired for a cabin building retreat of your own, one that you can use with family and friends. Log houses are a popular build that when done properly will stand the test of time. There are, however, some things you will want to consider once your log house construction is complete. Natural enemies such as rain, snow, sun, wind, water, and pests can take away from the beauty of your cabin building, but the good news is that you can help to deter them. Some of the natural enemies of a cabin building can include rain and snow, UV sun rays, and wind to name a few.
Rain and snow. Precipitation is one of the worst enemies of a cabin building, and there are several ways to help prevent the rain and snow from stealing the value of your log house. Cleaning, staining and sealing your cabin building are a must and need to be done regularly but some preventative measures can help battle the winter elements.
UV Rays. The sun’s UV rays can also cause cellular damage on the surface of the logs. If these damaged wood cells are not removed, they will eventually become a food source for microfungi. As the fungi growth progresses, the logs in your cabin building will become darker and eventually begin to rot. A solution to this problem is to keep overhangs and porches, and trees on both the south and west side of the cabin building.
Wind. The wind can accelerate the drying and the cracking of the logs, chinking, and caulk. Although air helps to prevent water damage, it can also be a persistent condition in the mountains or desert that hurts the cabin building more than it helps. A good idea is to plant trees on both the south and the west side of the log house. Position the cabin building on the site to avoid windy conditions.
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