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Foster says she doesn't entertain at the cabin very often. "I have little get-togethers there, but it’s not popular," she says. "Crossing the stream and hiking up is difficult for some. The bathroom is your choice of fallen logs in 14 acres of woods. People think twice."
The cabin includes a sleeping loft, accessed by a ladder. "I installed batts of insulation, then used an electric stapler to attach Tyvek to the rafters," Foster says, describing the tented ceiling. "I started from the bottom up. It got easier the higher I went, because I could just slide the batts into the Tyvek 'pockets.' Then, I attached a bolt of Walmart lace with the electric stapler along the rafters. Bada bing."
The idea for a dreamy Victorian retreat "originated the first time I walked up to the old hunting cabin the evening we found it," Foster says. "The proportions have a vertical emphasis, like Victorian architecture. That's my favorite style. I've kept a scrapbook of all the pretty houses I've ever seen, and this cottage incorporates their best features. The fact it's inaccessible by car didn’t hurt, either!"