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  1. A solid mixture of ambient and task lighting creates a inviting lighting scheme in this great room. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo

    6 Steps to Proper Log Cabin Lighting

    To create a well-lit cabin, a comprehensive lighting plan paired with the right techniques is your recipe for a bright, cheery space.

  2. A red steel door from Lowe's sets off the front porch. The door coordinates with red decking and a red metal roof, chosen by Stacey to make the cabin stand out.

    Labor of Love | Log Cabin Construction

    A New Jersey cabin was painstakingly built by its owner and her family.

  3. The new configuration adds a breakfast car and additional counter space.

    Revisiting the Kitchen | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

    Readers give their cabin’s kitchen a much-needed facelift.

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    5 Ways to Refurbish Vintage Furnishings

    Save money by turning timeworn objects into beautiful decor.

  5. The home was constructed with not only energy efficiency in mind, but also low maintenance. “Ninety percent of the water off the roofs is collected in gutters and piped into the cistern for use in the irrigation system,” Peter details, “and 100 percent of plant materials are native plants that should require little or no watering once they’ve been established.”

    Energy-Efficient Construction of a Concrete Cabin

    An architect uses an energy-efficient concrete material to construct a LEED-certified cabin that’s as cozy as it is functional.

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    Stress-Less Holidays

    How to make family holidays as relaxing and enjoyable as possible

  7. Mikki says she was “awe struck” when she first approached the completed cabin. Architect Ross Anderson separated the driveway from the home with a walking path to encourage anyone visiting the cabin to leave their troubles behind. The siding comprises Douglas fir and western birch, while cedar shakes adorn the gable end.

    Reclaimed Barn Wood Finds New Home

    A cozy cabin uses reclaimed barn wood to flawlessly blend with its mountainous surroundings.

  8. Clean, simple Shaker-style cabinet doors complement the rustic stone backsplash and colorful countertop of this cabin kitchen. Credit: Heidi Long photo

    7 Solutions for Small Kitchens

    Top solutions for cabin kitchens that satisfy functionally and aesthetically

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    Crafty Hobby Rooms

    Even if you’re short on space, these expert tips can help give your hobby some room to breathe.

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    Naming Rites: How to Choose a Name for Your Cabin

    Picking the right name for your cabin adds the perfect personal touch.

  11. “This cabin design has a 24-foot-wide prow front extending 4 feet beyond the standard corners of the building,” states Bryan Kerby, president of Northwoods Log Homes. The great room is designed with two 24-foot cross-ties within the exposed structural roof system.

    Crowd Pleaser: Lakefront Vacation Retreat

    One Wisconsin couple eagerly looks forward to enjoying their Northwoods vacation log home with friends and family.

  12. A solar-water heating system was used by Greenland Energy Dynamics for the 2011 Net-Zero Home of Tomorrow (thehomeoftomorrow.com). Credit: Gregg Fuscaldo and David Yates photo

    5 Green Myths Debunked

    Looking to add energy-efficiency features to your cabin? Make sure you know the facts.

  13. Fall Landscape

    Fall Lawn Maintenance

    Land-care professionals offer advice to assess the condition of your lawn and keep it healthy this fall.

  14. At 2,204 square feet, the Lanes' log home is friendly and accessible, and looks, they hope, like something that’s been on the site for a very long time.

    Building a Log Cabin with Salvaged Wood

    Salvaged materials and old-style building techniques create an instant aged appearance for this newly built Indiana cabin.

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    How-To: Install Solar Power

    Tips from author Eric Smith on harnessing the sun’s power to the benefit of your home — and your utility bill.

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    Backup Power Generators

    Backup generator power may be a great addition to your cabin’s system to ensure power at all times – regardless of the main source.

  17. Homeowner Anita Tidyman thought the walkways that her husband, Tim, and her uncle John King created needed a fountain. The large carved planter is reminiscent of her beloved Indian baskets; John surprised her with a round millstone for its base and married the two, with one of Anita’s ravens as its center post.

    Quiet Cabin for Family Get-Togethers

    A Washington couple creates the perfect guest-friendly retreat in which they can relax.

  18. 2012 Design Awards

    2012 Country’s Best Cabins Design Awards

    From top plans all across the country, we highlight our favorites here.

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    Best Plan Under 1,500 Square Feet Honorable Mention: The Feather River Home Plan

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    Sq FT: 1,272 Bedrooms: 2
    Floors: Bathrooms: 2
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    Best Plan 1,500 to 2,500 Square Feet Honorable Mention: The Warrior’s Retreat Home Plan

    by Alexander Walker, Architect 256-289-1750; naturalresidentialdesigns.com Highlights: This plan maximizes space with creative bump-outs, which increase the visual interest of the front facade in the process. The master suite is a true retreat for its owners, complete with a separate dressing area and its own private deck. The dining room opens up to two conjoined […]


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