Close your eyes and imagine yourself waking up to a cup of coffee on a patio overlooking a lake with billowing steams, dives yodeling in the distance with the smell of pine permeating the air. There are no sirens, horns, squealing tires, or any other background noise common to city life. For millions of urban Americans who have been locked away since COVID-19 quarantine, such a sight is a recurring fantasy.

For Chase and Ashley Morrill and Ryan Eldridge, stars of the longtime hit TV series Maine Cabin Masters, there has never been a better time to make the dream of a secluded getaway come true.

“We’re seeing a massive wave of people acting on their long-standing desires to escape,” says Chase. “Who doesn’t want a place to get away now?” “

Chase and his team of renovation experts scour the Maine wilderness in search of lakeside cabins (called “camps” here) that need some love, reinvent what these homes with a view might be, and then bring them back to life. turn into idyllic getaways that millions of viewers listen to. dream of owning someday.

For Linda and Jay Saulter, that dream came true when they decided to have the Maine Cabin Masters transform a dilapidated cabin into their summer vacation property where they could relive their youth through the eyes of their grandchildren Taytum and Nash. Like many Maine getaways, the cabin offers a dreamy view of the water of Great Pond in the Belgrade Lake District, in the state. “We grew up spending summers on the water in Maine (the state’s nickname is Holiday country), ”Says Linda,“ so the chance to see our grandchildren experience the same idyllic upbringing is money well spent.

“A lot of people who live in cities today didn’t grow up in these urban environments,” says Ryan. “A lot of these people went to work in metropolitan areas, but for a lot of them, they never really left the country in spirit. Between the pandemic and unrest across the country, there has been a nationwide leap back to rural roots. ”

Between the solace that comes from living in a secluded lakeside setting and the sense of independence of knowing that you have access to plenty of water, fish, maybe a garden, and unlimited supplies of wood. heating, moving to a lakeside cabin added appeal to uncertain times.

“We’re seeing more and more people embrace the off-grid elements of country living,” says Chase. “We help them with everything from solar and wind power to water catchment systems. These are really people who are looking for the peace of mind knowing that they will be okay if cities are in trouble.

Part of that comfort includes designing cabins with features that remind owners of happy times or special people in their lives. This is where Ashley comes in, listening to owners and listening to what’s important to them, not just in the design, but in their lives.

“You want people to love a home, so reinforcing good memories through art and photography is an important part of what we do,” she says. “And when you find the right balance between a beautiful design and an emotional connection, you can see it on the owners’ faces as they walk into the finished camp. That’s why I love what I do.

Within each restored camp are pieces of Maine as well, as Ashley has a team of artisans and craftspeople who use all manner of materials and state themes to create interior habitats that remind owners of everything. which is great about life in Maine. For Chase, that may mean taking an item tossed in the camp attic or garage and bringing it back to life as something creative and distinctive.

“Most people think trash is good for a bonfire,” says Chase, “but I like to reimagine that forgotten canoe or that old lobster trap into something memorable… maybe a bookshelf, a table or a light. I like to keep alive the history of a place with restored artefacts. As Ashley and Ryan will tell you, I never throw anything away.

Fans of the show know that the one thing many of their clients have never given up on is their dream of someday returning home. For those who have returned, waking up to a view of the lake listening to loons is just a fantasy. It’s a new home that comes with a life reminiscent of a happier, simpler time when homeowners ask, how to put a price on it?