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Country’s Best Cabins

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    Stress-Less Holidays

    How to make family holidays as relaxing and enjoyable as possible

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  5. “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.

  6. 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.

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    Fall Lawn Maintenance

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

  8. 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.

  11. 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.

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    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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    Best Plan 2,500 to 4,000 Square Feet Honorable Mention: The Birch Bay Home Plan

    by The Log Connection 888-207-0210; thelogconnection.com Highlights: Five bedrooms, each with ample closet space, is an achievement that’s sure to please homeowners and guests alike. A luxurious master suite complete with a large bay window allows the homeowners to feel instantly connected with nature, while an upper-level junior suite creates a cozy haven for guests. […]

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    Best Kitchen Plan Honorable Mention: Sonoma Home Plan

    Kitchen Square Footage: 190 by Timber Block 866-929-5647; timberblock.com Highlights: A good working triangle between the refrigerator, sink and stovetop ensures easy maneuverability, with ample work space on either side of the stovetop to store ingredients and cooking utensils. Direct access via sliding door to the outdoor deck allows greater flexibility for al fresco dining […]

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    Best Master Bedroom Honorable Mention: The Fairmont Home Plan

    Master Bedroom Square Footage: 335 by The Log Connection 888-207-0210; thelogconnection.com Highlights: Simplicity rules in this master bedroom: Squarish dimensions cordon off the main living area, while basic bifold doors lead to a sizeable, but not overwhelming, walk-in closet. A quiet balcony overtop the cabin’s entry creates the perfect sitting spot for enjoying a morning […]

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    Best Master Bathroom Honorable Mention: The Saginaw Home Plan

    Master Bathroom Square Footage: 134 by The Log Connection 888-207-0210; thelogconnection.com Highlights: A separate water closet allows multiple users to access the bathroom simultaneously. A soaking tub offers great views of the outdoors, and serves as the perfect divider to allow each homeowner his or her own private sink station. Inclusion of a separate tub […]

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    Best Master Bathroom Honorable Mention: Islander Home Plan

    Master Bathroom Square Footage: 148 by Murray Arnott Design 866-603-3889; designma.com Highlights: A glass shower subtly mimics the curvature of the polygonal setting in which it rests while offering plenty of space for its user. Jack-and-Jill sinks and a toilet are tucked neatly into opposing corners to maximize floor space. Placement adjacent to the walk-in […]

  20. 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.


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