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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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My father in law's camp will one day belong to my wife and I. It's not a bad camp by any means but it is about 80 years old and was pieced together over the years one scrap board at a time. My FIL has put in tons of work and continues to do so but although the inside is fairly nice it is really rather run down. It sits on a beautiful 2 acre piece of property.

One day when he passes, the camp, like i said will become ours. It is my desire to build a new camp. I want to build a log cabin type camp. I think when I mentioned this one day, my FIL about punched me in the face(and we get along great). I understand his feelings but I feel like he wants us to maintain something that really won't be worth the time and energy.

I don't know what to do.

You want me to put my ear to the ground? Listen for hoof beats? Look for broken twigs?
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When it is yours, you do what you want to do. I wouldn;t worry too much about someone who punched me in the facel.



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Do what he wants until it's in your name or he might change his mind or leave strings attached , like no exterior changes to the property, an a codicil in his will....back off........
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well i cant do a thing while it is his anyways. he just made it real clear he will be disappointed if i don't continue the never-ending battle of fixing a million things every time we go up. he doesn't even look like he enjoys camp...when he goes he is always working on something. maybe that is enjoying camp for him. lol

You want me to put my ear to the ground? Listen for hoof beats? Look for broken twigs?
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Even if you put a new one up he will still be smiling at you from up above. You carried on the tradition of a cabin at that spot. Not everybody wants to be fixing things constantly. Build it new and make it your own.
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Sounds like the ideal job for "Building Wild". They are looking for projects. Might give them a jingle.
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A friend of mine was in a similar position. He and his wife chose to do a major renovation of the existing cabin. they left some of the character, like doorways that were not framed straight, some of the original items still there for decoration etc. They also log sided it.
It actually came out very nice, like a new camp, with some history in it. The crooked door frame going down the hall is a conversation piece that anyone who appreciates history can understand.
Think creative, maybe you can incorporate some of the old into a new cabin.........someday you and your wife will appreciate the things you look back on that you incorporated in the new cabin.

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i do appreciate the history of things but i don't enjoy having to "work" when i went to camp to relax, fish or hunt.

You want me to put my ear to the ground? Listen for hoof beats? Look for broken twigs?
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How does your wife feel about it?

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i do appreciate the history of things but i don't enjoy having to "work" when i went to camp to relax, fish or hunt.
Even if you build new, there will always be something that needs repaired or changed around. That is just a part of being a camp/home owner. Sproul
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