What Family Handyman learned building a cabin in Wisconsin Northwoods

Nathan Law

For anyone who has built a home or worked on a home improvement project, especially over the past year, “fun” isn’t usually a word that comes to mind.   But that’s how Nick Grzechowiak described building a cabin in Wisconsin’s Northwoods this summer.   “It’s been the better part of a summer, […]

The outdoors blends with the indoors via large windows and glass doors at the Getaway, a vacation home outside Weyerhaeuser built by the staff of Family Handyman magazine.

For anyone who has built a home or worked on a home improvement project, especially over the past year, “fun” isn’t usually a word that comes to mind.  

But that’s how Nick Grzechowiak described building a cabin in Wisconsin’s Northwoods this summer.  

“It’s been the better part of a summer, but it’s been quite enjoyable,” he said. “The idea of being able to build something that we designed on a beautiful 15-acre piece of property in northwestern Wisconsin … it sure beats sitting in a cubicle.”  

Grzechowiak is the chief content officer for Family Handyman, a magazine that celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2020 and this year built a home, dubbed the Getaway, outside Weyerhaeuser in Rusk County. 

He said the team got the idea after fixing up a vintage camper last year.  

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