Lakeberry Retreat

By Jennifer Overton

Wild blueberries on the property inspired the name for our cabin in the woods.

This past winter

In 2012 my husband and I were looking for a place to getaway on weekends and bring our two boys to connect with nature.  We found this quaint cabin in the Pocono Mountains about two hours from our home in New York.  Sitting atop a hill with large rocks for climbing, a lake for fishing, and tall trees for climbing; it was a perfect fit.

However, the cabin was empty, except for a family of squirrels, for several years and was in need of much tender love and care.  So we jumped in and did as much as we could ourselves including the painting and new hardwood floors and left the tough jobs like installing a new porch, windows, and wood burning stove to our local contractor. 

Before images

The picturesque view of the lake was the inspiration for the addition of the second floor sleeping porch.

I wanted to bring the outside in, so I replaced the small windows facing the lake with large double hung windows and glass doors, but kept the triangular windows that were part of the 1970s Pocono's funky character.