Design & Style

Do You Need An Architect?

Here's what a professional cabin designer can provide when you're building, renovating or adding on to your dream retreat
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: March 18, 2014
great room views porch Michigan lakehome
A NORTHWOODS DESIGN – This Michigan lakehome was designed by Albertsson Hansen Architecture as a retirement home and a gathering place for family and friends. From this room, the views of the lake are wonderful, and the space flows out to the porch and patio.
Photo by Karen Melvin Photography for Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.
Do I need an architect to design my new cabin or my cabin renovation? That’s a question Cabin Life hears a lot from readers. And it’s a fair question because certainly not everyone wants or needs the services of an architect.
The answer to the question depends on whether you fall into group A or B:
  • GROUP A (the exception): Could be you’ve found the perfect design for your dream cabin. Your property is flat. Or your remodeling project is small and doesn’t involve load-bearing walls.
  • GROUP B (the rule): Many cabins heed the “Call of the Wild.” Instead of a tight suburban lot, cabin-worthy sites typically have a topography that makes building a challenge. Often, the locale is environmentally sensitive and subject to a maze of building restrictions. Most likely, you fall into this category like the rest of us.

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