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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This Cabin is a Gathering Place

An Ohio couple builds a getaway for family in the form of a cabin.
Story by Janice Brewster
Photos by Joseph Hilliard

Some people journey for thousands of miles hoping to find peace and serenity. For Sheila and Mike Hicks, the perfect escape is just a short drive away. Three hours south of their home in Cleveland, the […]

City Dwellers Feel the Pull of the Cabin Lifestyle

Cabin living: they call it “bathing” in the great outdoors…
Story by Stacey Freed
Photos by Roger Wade
Styling by Debra Grahl

Only graduate school could make Melanie Hibbert and her husband Dave Hibler – who met in rural Alaska and got engaged in Iceland – land in Manhattan. She finished her doctorate and now works for Columbia University […]

A Log Cabin Gets an Invisible Addition

Transforming a log cabin into a home for the golden years.
Story by Nancy E. Oates | Photos by Roger Wade | Styling by Debra Grahl

In 2014, as Gary and Suzan Slayden looked toward retirement, they sold their suburban house in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where they’d lived since 1988, and purchased a lot in a golf-course community in town. […]

Bonus Photos – A Grounded Cabin in New Hampshire

Getting the most from an off-grid retreat.

Photos courtesy Mike Andrews

These are bonus web-exclusive images for an “Unplugged Cabin” story in the October 2016 issue of Cabin Living magazine.

* Slide #8: This is a diagram of the cabin’s radiant-heat system. (Courtesy Vladimir Hromis, owner of V.H. Energy, vh-energy.com)