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Hunting Cabin Reimagined: A Beautiful Transformation in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Coventry Log Cabin Mathieu Trahan

Locally harvested eastern white pine and an expert touch from a regional log home specialist made a New Hampshire couple’s hunting cabin dreams come true. Before, the only structure built on this five-acre site in the Granite State’s White Mountains was a humble hunting shack used by John Mathieu and his son Spencer. But when John and his wife Lisa Trahan decided they wanted to spend more time there, they had something a little more comfortable in mind.

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The couple commissioned New Hampshire-based Coventry Log Homes to build their dream cabin, a 1,140-square-foot getaway that retains the character of the site, and even most of the former shack’s taxidermy.

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What you see here is actually the result of a compromise on that point – Lisa says she and John are “kind of like ‘Green Acres.’ New York is where I’d rather stay… but now I love it up here, I really do.”

Coventry Log Homes Knotty Pine

Coventry Log Cabins Knotty Pine

As Cabin Life notes, the clear finish on all that Eastern White Pine makes the beauty of the wood the main attraction. Coventry Log Homes offers a wide range of pine designs, ranging from spacious three bedroom retreats like this one to a series of highly affordable, quick-to-build knotty pine cabins perfect for weekend trips.

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Mathieu and Trahan chose the ‘Ascutney’ model, and you can take a 3D virtual tour of their home on the Coventry Log Homes website.


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