Field & Stream Cabin Survey, Part Two

Now that we've arrived at the basic design, we want to know exactly what you would like to put inside the Field & Stream cabin. Your responses are appreciated.

The results of the cabin survey that we posted in January are in, and we would like to share them with you. We would also like to thank the hundreds of readers who took the time to answer the questions, as those responses have helped us design the Field & Stream cabin.

We asked which model you preferred: The Kingston, The Sherwood, or The Rangeley. Almost 66% of you voted for the Sherwood, while more than 30% of you liked the Rangeley.

75% of you felt that $50,000 to $100,000 was a realistic amount to spend on a cabin.

100% of you wanted to build your dream cabin on your own, and not with hunting or fishing buddies.

When we asked what would be the main attraction at your dream cabin, 86% of you said it would be a combination of hunting, fishing, and spending time with your family.

84% of you wanted three bedrooms in your cabin. Of that, 70% felt that 2 people per bedroom would work best; 13% of you said three per bedroom made sense; and 16% of you said it didn't matter how many people sleep in a bedroom.

We also asked you to rank rooms, in order of importance.

1) 45% of you felt that a gun/gear room was most important (after bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, living room)

2) 22% of you voted for a trophy room

3) 22% also voted for a mud room

4) After that, in order of importance, came a game cleaning room (4), a family room (5), and, finally, a game room (6).

We also asked you to rank from 1 to 6 the importance of certain outdoor features¿¿¿

1) 31% of you wanted a porch on the cabin

2) 14% voted for an equipment shed

3) 13% wanted a kennel or dog run.

4) 9.5% voted for a dock. After that came an outdoor game & fish cleaning area (5) and a garage (6).

For the editors, the best part of evaluating the survey was the comment section, where we asked you to tell us why you would want a dream cabin, where you would want it, what you would use it for, and what features it should have. You sent us thousands upon thousands of words for this, too many to list here. In innumerable variations, though, you told us that you wanted a secluded place where you could escape with family and/or friends; you wanted the cabin in the woods, on a mountain top, by a stream or lake; you wanted your cabin in Vermont or New Hampshire, Arkansas or North Carolina, Maine or Pennsylvania, Michigan or California. For features, some of you wanted to be totally off the grid ¿¿¿ no electricity, no modern appliances. Others wanted ceiling fans, saunas and Jacuzzis, woodstoves and electric stoves, walk-in coolers and double garages. The responses were as many and varied as our readers are.

Below, you will see rough plans for the cabin, which will be built by Northeastern Log Homes ouut of Kenduskeag, Maine. The design, per your vote, is somewhat similar to the Sherwood (but not quite ¿¿¿ check out that huge alcove in the back of the house).

The cost of the kits will come in close to $100,000, near the mark that you preferred.

The cabin will be ideal for hunters, fishermen, family, and friends.

There are three bedrooms, per your request. Depending on beds, bunks, or fold-out couches, they can sleep one, two, or more.

The huge double doors in the basement open into a gun and gear area, plus a mudroom. There is a sink and wash area for cleaning game in the basement. On the main floor, the huge open area will serve double duty as a trophy room and family room. And the open area on the second floor will work as a gathering area and small game room.

To answer your requests on features, we have a spacious wrap-around porch, perfect for your rocking chair. There is no stand-alone equipment shed, as you will see from the basement blueprint, gear from guns to quads, shoes to snowmobiles can all be stashed easily downstairs. We have also decided to build an optional stand-alone garage, for trucks, cars, and anything else you want to store there.

Where to build our cabin was a topic of debate here in the Field & Stream offices, but we ultimately came upon a secluded spot in northern Vermont, in the woods, close to a bass lake. Sprawling Lake Champlain is within a 45-minute drive, if you want to go there to fish for bass, pike, trout, and landlocked salmon. Nestled on more than 100 acres (and there are a few other cabins on the property, none within view of our porch), the Field & Stream cabin is also in the middle of good deer and turkey hunting. Finally, the location is within a fairly easy drive from New York City, so we can keep an eye on the cabin as the construction progresses.

That brings us to our second survey. Now that we've arrived at the basic design, we want to know exactly what you would like to put inside the Field & Stream cabin. Your responses are appreciated, and will factor into how we build and decorate our cabin. We'd like to get your answers by April 15, 2006. Thank you.