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    5 Tips That Will Save Your Chimney from Water Damage

    It may seem counterintuitive, but whether you’re dealing with spring rains or winter freezes, water can wreak significantly more havoc on your chimney than fire. Prolonged contact with water can deteriorate brick, mortar and tile and corrode steel and cast iron. Expansion from the freeze/thaw effect can cause even more water damage. The result can […]

  2. Pastel colors and beach-gathered accents infuse this room with the same sense of serenity found on a quiet beach.

    Your Beach Cottage: Coastal, Not Kitsch

    Create an elegant, shore-inspired beach cottage that doesn’t go, well, overboard.

  3. The home features Appalachian-style flat logs with dovetail corners and 4-inch chink joints. The logs are cut up to 40 feet long, a design feature that eliminates leaks in the log system and cuts down on long-term maintenance.

    Low-Maintenance Lakeside Cabin

    A lakeside cabin emits a low-key ambience through low-maintenance building materials and an open, casual design.

  4. Tucked under an expansive roof system, this outdoor fireplace handily showcases everything a well-designed hearth can be: warm, attractive, space-defining and sociable. Photo credit: Hearthstone Homes

    How to Design a Functional Outdoor Fireplace

    Learn how to incorporate an outdoor fireplace to make the most of your open-air entertainment spaces throughout the year.

  5. This custom home not only has views of Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski areas, but homeowners Linda and Renny Lovold can ski right out of their front door.

    Mountain Retreat: A Guest-Friendly Log Home in Montana

    Photos of a mountain retreat in Big Sky country that beckons three generations to share old memories, create new ones and relish the great outdoors.

  6. No matter how daunting the task of renting out your cabin may seem or what stage of the home-building or buying process you’re in, rest assured that you’ll never lack interest in your property. “The idea of spending a vacation in a quiet locale, surrounded by nature, appeals to a lot of people,” says Andrew Walker, editor of CottageTips.com. Photo credit: Cindy Thiede

    How To Rent a Cabin

    Renting your cabin can be a great way to afford your vacation home and make a little money – just make sure you do it the right way.

  7. Nervous about trying your hand at window decorations? Start with something simple, like blinds. Credit: James Ray Spahn photo

    5 Tips to Picture-Perfect Window Treatments

    Choosing the right window treatments needn’t be intimidating or expensive. Use these five tips to get the best fits for your cabin.

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    4 Great Fencing Options for Rustic Cabins

    Learn about a few practical fencing options to suit your home’s style.

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    How To: Create a DIY Vertical Garden

    Step-by-step instructions on how to create your own personalized vertical garden.

  10. Smart meters have some service benefits, but they have several pitfalls as well. Credit: fotolia.com/© Henk Jacobs

    Smart Meters and Monitoring Your Consumption

    Know the difference between smart meters and smart homes.

  11. Western red cedar shingles sound a note of warmth and sustainability, and they also are respectful of the region’s historic character. A charcoal-colored metal roof mimics the style of local farmhouses. “We tried to be consistent to the aesthetic of traditional building materials even though it’s a very modern home,” explains Paul.

    A Canadian Post-and-Beam Cabin

    A secluded post-and-beam retreat on Canada’s Prince Edward Island is all about the tranquility of the sea.

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    History Found in an Old Log Cabin

    A nearly 200-year-old log cabin is rebuilt as true to form as possible for use as a primary home in Quebec.

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    Deck Maintenance and Staining

    Proper deck maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your exterior living area. As much as you love your cabin’s interior, its outdoor living spaces are sure to become some of your favorite aspects of your home. Barbecues, bonfires and backyard get-togethers take on a whole new dimension of relaxation when you’re surrounded by […]

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    Adirondack Lodge: Logs Inspire Finishing Touches

    Artisans contribute their talents to an Adirondack lodge-inspired Wisconsin log home.

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    Winning Effort: An Adirondack-Inspired Lakefront Home

    An Adirondack-Inspired Lakeside Home

  16. Special pathways will prevent worn areas in your yard and give your dog a place it feels it can roam.

    Dog-Friendly Landscaping

    People aren’t the only ones who love connecting with nature: Dogs are equally enthused about getting to explore their natural environment, whether through playing a lively game of fetch or digging through the soil to find buried treasures. Problems can arise, however, when the interests of both parties are not being equally met, from destroyed […]

  17. Although not rustic in nature, the transitional decor featured within the interior of this 1950s Colonial showcases creative ideas for any home.

    Home Decorating Tips and Design Trends from the DC Design House

    Although it’s hard to imagine a 10,000-square-foot structure ever being referred to as a cabin, such ample space offers the perfect backdrop for playing with different design concepts in ways that can easily translate to any home. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your great room or your bedroom, or just fun accents to throw […]

  18. Nature inspires the look of the living room.

    California Dreaming: A Handcrafted Log Home Built to Last

    Big logs create a nature-inspired work of art that’s built to stand for 500 years.

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    Rental Cabins: 10 Places to Try Before You Buy

    Nothing beats spending a few nights or weeks in a cabin to determine what you like or don’t like about various construction options. Check out these great rental cabins for a taste of the cabin experience.

  20. Though modest in size, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom beauty has plenty to offer guests both indoors and out. Even the lights along the bridge were planned to accommodate late-night visitors. “The lights can be controlled from an electrical box on the first post,” says Art. “Those are the little things that really make a difference.”

    Mountain Paradise: A Poconos Cabin for a Weekend Retreat

    After years of planning, one Pennsylvania couple now has the perfect Poconos cabin for friends and family to connect with nature and each other.


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