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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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The Dirt on Cabin Mudrooms
7 ideas for the perfect do-it-all space: the cabin mudroom.
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The Ultimate Guide to the Different Types of Cabins
Cabins come in many shapes and sizes. Use this guide to find the look and construction type that’s right for you:
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Cabin Bedroom Design Ideas
Design inspiration for great cabin bedrooms.
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Big Sky, Little Cabin
Learn more about this stunning little retreat in Montana.
2016 Cabin Renovation Showcase
Give your cabin or cottage the cabin renovation and makeover it deserves.
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Small Cabin Escape: Frank Lloyd Wright
At Wisconsin’s Mirror Lake Park, spend a day or two living in a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, one of the last buildings desig...
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A Waterfront Cabin in Wisconsin
A waterfront cabin celebrates a grandfather’s legacy.
Design Tips for The Perfect Cabin Kitchen or Bath
Design Tips for the Perfect Cabin Kitchen or Bath
Follow these tips to design a lovely kitchen or bathroom for your cabin.
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Lakeside Living: A Retirement Cabin in Idaho
A retirement cabin dream come true.
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Delineating Space in an Open Floor Plan
While uninterrupted layouts have their benefits, you may need to do a lot of thinking about how to delineate each of the areas ...
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Designing Your Cabin's Floor Plan
How to design a floor plan for your cabin that fits your needs & lifestyle.
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A Barnwood Beauty
One family builds their dream lake cabin with wood from an 1880s barn.
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Storing Your Cabin's Gear for the Water
Design inspiration for outfitting the lakefront & storing your cabin's gear for the water.
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Living in the Fresh Air: Porches, Decks & Patios
Tips for designing outdoor living spaces, like porches, decks & porches.
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Best View from the Windows in the Cabin
What to consider when deciding where to place windows in the cabin.
How to Achieve a Cottage Style
How to Achieve Cottage Style
Cabin styles vary greatly – from Adirondack to cottage to rustic to western and more. Cottage style is as popular as ever, and ...
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The Tiny House Movement: Cabin Edition
See what these cabin enthusiasts learned about tiny home building and living as they created their own small escape:
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Off the Grid in a Cabin in the Rockies
Finding ways to save energy while living off the grid in a cabin and enjoying nature in Colorado.
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The Garbin: a Garage and a Cabin All in One
A great way to add overflow sleeping space is a "garbin." A garbin is garage/cabin: a garage with living space above.