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Are you dreaming of building the perfect cabin, but not sure where to start? From finding the perfect land to your cabin retreat, to the cabin construction process—we have you covered. Cabin Life offers expert advice on building your own cabin from the ground-up or finding a respectable log home company to do the heavy lifting for you.

Plus, we cover how to plan a cabin budget and save money with energy-saving tips so you are stress-free while enjoying your favorite place on earth.

And once you've built the home of your dreams, you'll need to get designing and decorating so you make the space your own. Let us give you the cabin inspiration you need to love your cabin well into retirement.

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Mood Lighting for the Backyard
Mood Lighting for the Backyard
Need a bit more light in your backyard? Liven up your outdoor space with these stylish lighting tips.
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How to Expand a Small Patio Table
Need more seating but don't want to buy a new table? It's possible to do both.
Find the Best Air Conditioner for Your Cabin this Summer
The Best Air Conditioner for Your Cabin this Summer
We’ve put together an air conditioner guide to help you best equip your home's rising temperatures this summer.
DIY Deck Planters
DIY Deck Planters
These inexpensive planters are easy to customize and will give your deck a personalized touch.
Using Plants for Outdoor Privacy
How to Use Plants for Outdoor Privacy
These easy planting tips give your deck the privacy it needs for a cheerful outdoor space that really does invite you outside.
Decorating Your Outdoor Dining Area
Decorate Your Outdoor Dining Area
Does your deck need a makeover? Turn your outdoor dining space into the perfect summer retreat with these simple tips.
Check Out This Amazing Deck Makeover
Check Out This Amazing Deck Makeover
A bare and boring deck didn’t entice anyone to head outside to relax — but a dramatic makeover turned it into the perfect outdo...
Decorate Your Outdoor Seating Area with Style
Decorate Your Outdoor Seating Area with Style
It doesn't take a lot to enjoy spending time in the garden, but following these decorating tips can make your outdoor seating a...
Create Shade and Privacy at Your Cabin
Create Shade and Privacy at Your Cabin
A little shade and the right decor can transform a plain outdoor space into a sanctuary where you'll want to spend all your day...
3 Tips to Make Big Containers Easier
3 Tips to Make Big Containers Easier
Containers should be fun, not work. Here are three handy tips that’ll make it easier to enjoy your containers without breaking ...
Garden Design: How to Use Plant Containers
Garden Design: How to Use Plant Containers
Whether you like drama, whimsy or restrained elegance, there’s a container look that’s just right for your garden. But it’s not...
Pros (And Cons!) of Deck + Patio Flooring
Pros (And Cons!) of Deck + Patio Flooring
Of the many choices involved in building a deck or patio, which material to use is one of the most important. This guide will e...
Road Trip Guide: Flathead Lake in Western Montana
Road Trip Guide: Flathead Lake in Western Montana
A quick two-hour drive from Missoula , Montana makes Flathead Lake a road trip dream.
Furniture Materials: 5 Pros + Cons
Outdoor Furniture Materials: 5 Pros + Cons
When buying furniture for your home, maintenance and durability are important factors in making a decision. Here are some quick...
7 Ways to Design an Outdoor Room
7 Ways to Design an Outdoor Room
Create an outdoor room that invites you to stay. Here are seven design tips the pros know — and now you do, too!
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6 Easy Ways to Create Shade
Shade is relaxing, cooling, good for your skin... We’ll show you six ways to get it — from instant to worth-the-wait.
Why Sitka, Alaska is the Perfect Place to Build a Seaside Cabin
Why Sitka, Alaska is the Perfect Place to Build a Seaside Cabin
Read on to find out why Sitka, Alaska is the perfect place to build your rugged, seaside cabin along its stunning shoreline.
How to Decorate a Patio
Design Tips: How to Decorate a Patio
A patio alone doesn’t create a space for outdoor entertaining. To do that, it’s time to add the accessories that turn this once...
How to Stain a Patio
How to Stain a Patio
Want to turn your plain patio into an inviting outdoor oasis? All you need is one weekend and an easy-to-use concrete staining ...
Build a Pergola + Privacy Screen for your Deck
Build a Pergola + Privacy Screen for your Deck
By starting with the existing framing and adding distinctive new elements above it, you can create a deck that stands out. Here...