Building Off The Beaten Path

Published in Design Your Home Magazine – Fall/Winter 2022
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When deciding to build a cabin, selecting an RTM is a popular choice, especially if your lot is located a fair distance away. Being able to build your cabin in one location before it is moved minimizes traveling costs for the crew saving you time and money.

If you can access your cabin year-round, it is best to build a 4-season cabin. You may not always use it year-round, but having the option as your needs change will be beneficial for you and your family in the long run. Many cabins now have all the luxuries of home. When building a cabin and looking at layouts, keep in mind what you and your family’s “must haves” are.

As much as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it is also the heart of the cabin as well. Many cabin owners will have a fully functioning kitchen with many upgrades and full-sized appliances. In the latest cabin built by Emjay Homes, the owners upgraded the cabinetry to solid maple, added tall uppers to maximize storage space, and finished with beautiful quartz countertops throughout. A corner, walk-in pantry is ideal for food and extra storage at the lake.

This custom cabin is 1392 sq feet has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and is built in a shed roof style design.  Inside you will find 13-foot ceilings sloping down to 8 feet, bringing in light and nature through the large windows. 4” baseboards and 3” casings add a modern finish to the space and are standard on Emjay homes. While the cabinetry throughout is in a grey-brown tone, the cabin is painted in shades of grey. Emjay Homes uses a high-quality paint, Benjamin Moore in all their builds. In this cabin, they used a trending shade of grey, Balboa Mist in the main area and Grey Owl in the bedrooms. The primary bedroom has a large walk-in closet along with an ensuite for all the conveniences of home.

The exterior is finished in a grey, wood board siding by Canexcel, a product Emjay Homes has been using for over 20 years. It is a superior product to vinyl siding in the elements and customers tend to lean towards shades of grey or brown as it is suitable for many different styles.

When considering building an RTM for your cabin, keep in mind it will take 4-5 months to build, depending on product delays at the moment. Emjay Homes works closely with their homeowners on the interior finishes. This can be very individual to each person and the amount of time spent will depend on how customized they want it. Once your RTM is complete the next step is moving it into place. Emjay Homes works closely with the movers to ensure a smooth and seamless delivery of your cabin.

Craig at CnC Building Movers has been moving buildings for 14 years. His experience and skill are important to builders and homeowners alike. Using top of the line equipment with air ride suspension, they ensure the safe delivery of your cabin or any building you need moved. Using experienced builders and movers will make the process easier and less stressful for you. They will walk you through the process from beginning to end and arrange everything you will need to have a completely finished cabin you can enjoy for years to come. -DYH