Three Joined Cabins Turn This Virginia Retreat Into a Modern Take on Camp

Three Joined Cabins Turn This Virginia Retreat Into a Modern Take on Camp

By John Gendall / Photos by James Ewing
For some people, building a house may seem like a daunting commitment to permanence—a kind of spatial lockdown. But for husband and wife Danny and Katie MacNelly, settling down became a conduit for change.

We were living in New York when our first son was born," recalls Katie. "And when he was one year old, and I was pregnant with baby number two, we decided it was time for a change." So, the growing family left the city and headed to Richmond, Virginia. But having moved directly from one city to another, they also wanted a countryside getaway, for their sons—now numbering three, ages 10, 9, and 5—to explore the outdoors. "We love the city, but we wanted our boys to be able to interface with nature, too," says Katie.

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