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    Should You Be Your Own General Contractor?

    7 questions you need to ask yourself before deciding to act as your own general contractor for your cabin’s construction

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    Living Off the Grid

    A Georgia couple reunites in an off-the-grid log cabin under the Colorado sky.

  3. Our finished plant stand, complete with a coffee can-turned-flower pot, took about six hours total to create.

    How-To: Make a Plant Stand Out of Shutters | DIY Garden Accessories

    Inspired by a variety of shutter-related upcycling gardening ideas, we opted to try our hand at a basic plant stand on which to showcase a pretty bouquet.

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    Continuous Improvement | Do-It-Yourself Cabin

    Pete Champagne has rebuilt, remodeled or renovated nearly every inch of his Massachusetts cabin.

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    Natural Color Palette | Cabin Colors

    Bring the natural color palette of the outdoors inside by instilling the hues from your cabin’s scenery in your interior color scheme.

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    Cabin Remodel Using Reclaimed Building Materials

    A builder and his friends breathe new life into an old Montana cabin.

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    5 Tips to a Healthier Home

    We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, according to the Healthy House Institute. So take a fresh approach to how you spend that inside time with these hints for a cleaner interior environment.

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    DIY Mountain Getaway

    A Maryland man builds his own rustic cabin in the Appalachian Mountains as a retreat from his suburban life.

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    Energy-Efficient Systems for Your Cabin

    Key considerations in weighing the costs and benefits of energy-efficient systems in a cabin versus a primary home

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    Let It Snow | Snow Cabins

    15 tips for building a cabin in snow country

  11. The views, like everything else about the cabin, were well thought out from the get-go, says John. From the back of the home, guests are treated to Cougar Gulch valley vistas. In the distance, snow-capped Mount Spokane beckons.

    Small Scale Timber Cabin

    An Idaho timber-frame cabin maximizes square footage with personal touches that create warmth and accessibility.

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    4 Steps to Good Hearth Design

    The hearth is the heart of the home, and as such, it requires careful planning and preparation. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind for your hearth design.

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    5 Media Center Solutions

    With the right design, you can bring the best of both worlds — good looks and good entertainment — into your cabin.

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  18. 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

  20. 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.


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