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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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Escape to a She Shed
Get inspired with these outbuildings that make perfect hobby headquarters.
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Shop Smart Before Buying a Cabin
Here’s what you need to know about buying a cabin package.
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Borrowing Money to Rebuild or Remodel a Cabin
Is it possible in today’s financial climate to borrow money to rebuild or remodel your cabin?
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Built-Ins, Bunk Beds, and Other Cabin Space Savers
Make the most of every square inch in your cabin–even tiny niches and nooks. From banquettes to window seats to built-in beds, ...
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A Nature-Inspired Minnesota Cabin
The fruits of ownership at this Minnesota cabin are so special.
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5 Paths to an Affordable Outdoor Kitchen
You can create a deluxe food prep, grilling & entertaining space on your deck or patio without breaking the bank.
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A Creekside Cottage for the Ages
The descendant of the original owner buys it back, then builds a beautiful namesake.
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A Family Retreat Blends Cabin and Cottage Styles
A family getaway in northern Michigan gets the blending of cabin and cottage right.
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Winter-Friendly Flooring
What type of flooring should you use in your cabin that can withstand long cold winter months?
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Reclaimed Beauty
Getting the look you want with something repurposed rather than buying new.
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Battery Powered Chainsaw
Editor Mark Johnson was never a fan of battery powered chainsaws, but after a more hands-on experience, he became a believer fo...
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Rustic Style: It's Only Natural
Add life to your cabin with organic touches.
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Passing Down the Family Cabin
A little financial planning goes a long way toward preserving a lifetime of memories.
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One-Room Log Cabin from the 1800s
One-Room Log Cabin from the 1800s
Take a look at this beautiful little cabin in Lawrence County, Indiana.
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Rustic Cabin Renovation: Reclaiming a Fishing Ranch
This cabin was transformed from dilapidated and dreary to downright dreamy.
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A Rustic Creekside Cabin Gets a Dramatic Update
The moment that San Francisco natives Josh Feldman and Britton Watkins toured this cabin property for sale in a woodland area n...
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Tips for Siting Your Cabin
Even if it's love at first “site,” don’t rush into construction.
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How to Buy Lakeshore
Learn all you can about your potential lake before you make an offer.
Managing a Family Cabin with Multiple Owners
Managing a Family Cabin with Multiple Owners
The best way to plan for the maintenance and legacy of a family cabin with multiple owners for generations to come is to set up...