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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 […]

A Dream Cabin 25 Years in the Making

A long-awaited dream cabin retreat gets built.
Story by Gina Chiodi Grensing
Photos by Rick Hammer, courtesy Lands End Development

Boy, did Gayle Litchy have patience! Her 25 years of persistent waiting culminated in finally being able to live her longstanding dream of owning a cabin by the lake.

“I’ve had this dream for as long as I can […]

Designing the Perfect Cabin Closet

It’s time to design and organize your cabin closet!
By Janice Brewster

If your cabin’s closets feel overstuffed and undersized, it could be that you’re not using every inch of space you have efficiently. Smart closet design will help you store and organize your clothes and gear.
Taking inventory

Start your closet overhaul by assessing your space needs, which […]

Cabin Design: Linkages

Thinking beyond a cabin as a single structure. Enter the cabin design concept of linkages.
By Dale Mulfinger

Many people understand the concept of thinking outside of the box for cabin design, but how about thinking beyond the number 1? Many factors might be well served by contemplating several smaller structures rather than one larger building like […]

An Unplugged Cabin in the Adirondacks

This couple has an unplugged cabin with some Adirondack style.
By Fran Sigurdsson

When you arrive at Sandy and Dave Kerr’s retreat in the Adirondack Mountains near Moriah in Essex County, N.Y., you’re greeted by a sign reading “Camp Off the Grid.” But if you miss the sign out front, you wouldn’t guess that this two-story cabin […]

Off-Grid Cabin in Alaska

A Milwaukee couple loves their year-round retreat in The Last Frontier.
By Fran Sigurdsson

It takes grit to live off-grid in winter. And that’s just in the lower 48. But what if your retreat is in Talkeetna, Alaska – gateway to Denali National Park? Here, just south of Denali, the highest peak in North America at 20,310 […]

Vintage Style at the Cabin

Throwback to vintage style for your cabin.
By Janice Brewster

Ah, the good old days that were filled with sun, fun and familiar faces – those memories that create smiles when thought of today.

Why not create more smiles by bringing back the feel of those good old days with nostalgic decorating? Even if your place is brand […]

DIY Cabin Remodel: Big Fork Farmhouse

From rundown farmhouse to charming rustic cabin.
Story by Melissa Mylchreest
Photos by Heidi A. Long

In the beginning, the outlook wasn’t entirely rosy at the little farmhouse in Bigfork, Mont.

“There were definitely times, initially, that we thought we had bought a lemon,” says Felesha McAfee.

Felesha recalls the winter of 2013, when she and her husband, Jeremiah, began […]