Build Our Gingerbread Cabin

By Dan Gregory

Build our Sea Ranch-inspired gingerbread cabin crafted by Jamie Roche -- instructions below.

Here's a gingerbread house based on our exclusive and historic Sea Ranch Cottage Plan 447-1 by William Turnbull. The simple gable roof (standing seam metal out of royal icing) and porch evoke the quintessential mountain cabin. Snow on the doorstep (more royal icing) indicates an

unusual weather event for the architecturally renowned second home community on the Northern California coast, and the chocolate mint pathway pavers and gumdrop shrubs give new meaning to the term “edible landscape.” The view below shows how the

windows, made of melted butterscotch, glow from within. Another version takes a quasi-Colonial style approach (which, might run into trouble with Sea Ranch Design Review) that includes white porch columns

using candy cigarettes (second-hand smoke, I mean support?!) and a slate or shake roof from slices of chewing gum. These are just two of the six versions — a veritable subdivision — made by the contractor-developer, our very own Jamie Roche (former CEO), as he perfected the building technique with advice from his two children and some kibitzing from Houseplans staff. Links to the gingerbread and royal icing recipes are listed at the bottom of this post.

Architect Nicholas Lee, who is the designer of many of our Exclusive Farmhouse Plans, cleverly adapted the original William Turnbull Plan 447-1 shown below.

It certainly helps to have an architect in the kitchen! Nick developed a simple set of gingerbread templates you can cut out to make your own Sea Ranch Cabin — as 
in the sample shown here. 
The full instructions for gingerbread sections are here: Complete drawings for floor, walls, and roof 

Basic Gingerbread Recipe (using a Martha Stewart Living recipe for gingerbread snowflake cookies)

Royal Icing Recipe (also from Martha Stewart Living)

I hope you’ll build your own version of the Gingerbread Sea Ranch Cabin — send us photographs and we'll show them in a future post…or build the cottage itself and make the gingerbread house in your new kitchen! For more inspiration see all three of our historic Sea Ranch Cabins.

Originally Published in Eye On Design

Wed Dec 04 00:00:00 PST 2013