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Building at the Water’s Edge

9 expert tips for effective waterfront cabin design.
By Dale Mulfinger

The design of cabins found on oceansides, lakeshores and stream banks is both exhilarating and challenging and necessitates some thoughtful ideas. We enjoy the beauty in a broad vista, the charm of a sunrise or sunset and the serenity of wild fowl glide patterns. We dream […]

The Affordable Log Cabin

This couple shows how you can achieve your log cabin dream! (NOTE: Patience required)
Story by Mark R. Johnson
Photos by Rendulich Photography
Styling by Carol M. Johnson, Kristi Portugue

Instant gratification seems to be an obsession for many people these days. But then there are cabin owners like Kristi and Mike Portugue. They took 15 years to fully […]

A Montana Cabin is a Wilderness Wonderland

One couple builds a Montana cabin in the solitude of the mountains.
Story by Melissa Mylchreest
Photos by Heidi A. Long

“One of the things we’ve learned is that nature is very humbling,” says cabin owner Monica, of herself and her husband, Chris. “You just have to learn how to
cooperate with it.”

That’s an important lesson anywhere, but nowhere […]

A Special Family Cabin on a Minnesota Island

A family cabin on a Minnesota island is all about adventure.
Story by Michael Paulsen
Photos by Jack Rendulich Photography

That was the message we inscribed on a large, tablet-shaped stone on our first visit, as brand new landowners, to the site of what would become our family’s intimate and unique cabin retreat.

Building on an island hadn’t been […]

Building a Small Cabin Shed

For your cozy cabin, bunkhouse or shed: ready-made, kit or scratch?
By Janice Brewster

For Kathy Hope, a garden and work shed fashioned from salvaged materials is her happy place. It sits at one corner of her property in Ontario, overlooking the surrounding fields and surrounded by flowers. “It is the perfect spot to sit in the […]

From Something Old to Something New

A Minnesota couple remodels a vintage fishing cabin.
Story by Christy Heitger-Ewing
Photos by Rick Hammer, courtesy Lands End Development

Originally from the Northeast, Lynn Wachter grew up vacationing at her great grandfather’s cottage on Fire Island in New York. She hoped that one day she, too, would own a tranquil getaway of her own.

In 2002, her dream […]

My Amish-Built Cabin

An affordable, handcrafted log retreat.
Story & photos by Dan Armitage

When it came time to raze our aged getaway cottage, located in rural Ohio’s Amish country and build a replacement cabin capable of accommodating a family of four for year-round weekend retreats and extended summer stays, I had two goals.

One, I wanted the new structure to […]

Cabin Patterns

Timeless tips for designing great retreats.
By Dale Mulfinger

The design criteria we receive from our cabin clients can be as simple as this: “Three bedrooms, two baths and a great room with kitchen.” Or, from other clients, the design specs might be an elaborate text highlighting their memories at grandma’s cabin, photos of the walnut slab […]

13 Tips for Getting the Most From a Cozy Cabin

These days, a small cabin is popular for two reasons: It’s budget-friendly and provides close-quarter coziness. Squeezing everything into a small floor plan can, however, be challenging.

When planning your cozy retreat, it helps to have some guidelines in mind:
1. Add space with an open floor plan.
The fewer walls, the better. Open spaces are more comfortable […]

The Accessible Cabin

Author and architect Deborah Pierce shares her secrets to an accessible cabin retreat that works for everyone – now and in the future.
Story by Sara Brown

If you’re thinking of building or remodeling a cabin retreat, chances are you’re thinking about the long term. The frequent result of years of planning, researching and dreaming, cabins are […]