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Plan, Design and Build Your Cabin

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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DIY Energy-Saving Ideas for the Cabin
Save both money and the environment with these three few often-overlooked energy-saving ideas you can DIY.
Energy-Saving Tips for the Cabin
Energy-Saving Tips for the Cabin
There are big ways to make your cabin energy efficient and save some dollars in the process.
Environmentally Friendly Cabin Design
Environmentally Friendly Cabin Design
These environmentally friendly cabin design practices can save you money and benefit your health, while minimizing your impact ...
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Solutions for Sleeping a Crowd
All the relatives sleeping over? No worries! We've got you covered.
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The Style Between the Logs: Chinking
The filler used between logs to keep heat in and pests out, chinking is traditional and functional.
The Magic of Naming Your Cabin
The Magic of Naming Your Cabin
People come up with names for their cabins just for the fun of it. Add some creativity and stake claim to your property by bran...
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Cabin Design Idea: Tin Ceilings
Whether your getaway exudes the spirit of the Old West or Art Deco, a tin or tin-look ceiling may just be the crowning touch fo...
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How to Add Guest Space Over the Garage
Get inspired with these tips to max out your sleeping space at the cabin.
Innovative, Rustic Exteriors
Innovative, Rustic Exteriors
Get inspiration from these 5 unique and environmentally friendly exteriors.
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Storage at the Cabin: Clever Bookshelf Ideas
No cabin is complete without a little library for long weekends. Here's how to organize yours:
Log Homes: Construction Types
Log Homes: Construction Types
Let this introduction to the many log home styles and construction types be a guide as you begin to develop a log home unique t...
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Design Considerations for Small Cabins & Cottages
While the small-house movement represents just a slice of the real estate market, popularity is on the rise. Small cottages and...
Builder Blueprint Plans for Home Building
Do You Need An Architect?
Many folks are sketchy on what architects do besides draw blueprints. Or, more to the point, how an architect can add value to ...
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Outdoor Living at its Finest
Get the most out of your retreat – inside and out.
Customizing Floor Plan
How to Customize a Cabin Floor Plan
When you are ready to build (or tear down and rebuild) your cabin, one of the first steps is picking the right floor plan for y...
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Best Ways to Build with Young Children in Mind
Make sure your cabin is safe for people of all ages--so everyone can have fun!
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Sit Back
Iconic chair is the best seat outside of the house.
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Uncovering Overlooked Storage
When dealing with small spaces, every inch counts.
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Buying the Right Site for Your Cabin
Picking property can be tricky–it's about more than just the "sight." Follow these tips to ease the process.