Dream Getaway Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine

The Getaway Home By Dale Mulfinger (The Taunton Press, 2004)

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If you have ever dreamed of building a vacation home to escape from your daily routine and spend time with loved ones, you can get plenty of inspiration just by paging through this book, which is packed with hundreds of vibrant photographs of getaway homes located in four outdoor settings—along the coast, in the mountains, on the plains and hills, and by the lake. Geared toward architecture home-design enthusiasts, The Getaway Home takes you on a tour of the country to unearth the most spectacular, relaxing, and scenic retreats. Featured homes range from an Adobe-style getaway in New Mexico to a compact New England farmhouse with ocean views. The book includes great tips for making the most of limited space and living in harmony with the environment. If you never dreamed of having a getaway house, you will after reading this book.

Tips From the Book:

  • Make your kitchen guest-friendly. Open cabinets in a vacation home make it easier for guests to find their way around the kitchen when you’re not there to guide them. But if you want to have cabinet doors to hide the clutter, try frosted glass doors that will give guests a limited view of what’s inside.
  • Big isn’t always better. Some of the best getaway homes are small and simple, providing a cozy and easy-to-maintain retreat. To make the most of limited space, remove walls that interrupt the space of the common areas. Use lots of big windows to make the interior light and airy, and to bring the outdoors in. Porches and outdoor living areas also expand the usable space.
  • Communal spaces take precedence. A getaway should be a comfortable space that’s a break from your everyday home—a gathering place to enjoy the company of family and friends. A communal spirit affects every room in the house. Getaways tend to have modest kitchens where there is lots of shared cooking and eating, while living rooms, porches, and other areas become sleeping areas at night.