Cabin DIY: How to Make a Scarecrow

Make a scarecrow that is customizable so it can change with the seasons and take on a different personality.

Off-Grid: How a Northern Ontario Cabin Gets Cell Phone Service

This family cabin in Northern Ontario is a year-round, off-grid treasure, but they debated getting a cell phone service booster to make it truly remote.

How to Manage Invasive Plants Without Touching the Native Species

How do I manage noxious weeds and invasive plants while trying to encourage native species to thrive?

Get Ready For Fall With These 5 Perennials

The fall planting season, from late-August through October, is an excellent time to plant cold-hardy perennials, shrubs and trees.

Off-Grid in the Catskills

Spectacular view & bass pond included.
By Fran Sigurdsson

Ken and Laurie Hoffman own the perfect spot for off-grid cabin living. Their New York retreat has a beautiful southern exposure, with full sun from dawn to dusk. “It’s ideally situated for solar gain,” notes Ken.

But the real reason the couple purchased the lot was for the spectacular […]

Solar Energy at the Cabin

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of incorporating solar energy into your cabin – just start small!
By Jim Cooper

The most common solar installation (often called PV or Photovoltaic) relies on a collection of solar panels and an inverter to convert the direct current (DC) electricity from the panels to alternating current (AC) that is required […]

A Grounded, Off-Grid Cabin

Getting the most from an off-grid retreat.
By Fran Sigurdsson

Rome. Maui. Buenos Aires.

Mike Andrews routinely touches down in glamorous destinations around the globe. But when this United Airlines pilot is not flying the friendly skies, his favorite stopover is his off-grid hideaway in Bradford, N.H.

Andrews grew up in Hampton, N.H., and fondly recalls boyhood summers on […]

Tips for a More Energy-Efficient Cabin

You don’t have to be building from the ground up to make your retreat more energy efficient. Whether you’re remodeling an older cabin, replacing Grandpa’s old icebox, or just changing a light bulb, here are some tips to make your cabin a little more green – take a “leaf” from this green tree house.

From roots […]

The Efficient Cabin

11 tips for saving energy and money at your efficient cabin.
Story, photos & sketches by Dale Mulfinger

Gone is the day when cabins were principally for summer use and a modest wood stove cut the chill on a gray, damp evening. Today, our vacation time is rarely defined by summer alone as we can find snippets […]

5 Tips for Fruit Tree Success

How to ensure years of delicious produce from your very own fruit tree.
By Randall D. Schultz

If you spend enough time at your cabin to actually enjoy the harvest, there may be nothing quite as satisfying as plucking a fresh, ripe piece of fruit from your own backyard tree.

Fruiting trees, such as apple, pear, peach, citrus […]