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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cabinology 101: Carpenter Design Logic

Plus 11 Smart design ideas from the experts!
By Dale Mulfinger

I would never claim to fully understand carpenter logic, but after working with numerous builders for the past three decades, I can attest to how often they critique my designer logic.

We architects perceive an end state: an ideal, beautiful cabin. On the other hand, a builder […]

Adirondack Camp-Inspired Style

Bring great camp-inspired decor into your cabin.
By Janice Brewster

Moneyed East Coast families snapped up thousands of acres of undeveloped land in the Adirondack area of New York in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Filled with streams, alpine lakes and high peaks, the region offered beauty and outdoor activities for these turn-of-the-last-century barons and their […]

The Dirt on Cabin Mud Rooms

7 ideas for the perfect do-it-all space – the cabin mud room.
By Janice Brewster

There’s nothing pretty about mud, but when a mudroom works the way it should, it’s a beautiful thing.

Part storage space, part coat closet, part utility room, the mudroom should be ready to accommodate all kinds of outerwear as well as shoes for […]