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Plan, Design and Build Your Cabin

Are you dreaming of building the perfect cabin, but not sure where to start? From finding the perfect land to your cabin retreat, to the cabin construction process—we have you covered. Cabin Life offers expert advice on building your own cabin from the ground-up or finding a respectable log home company to do the heavy lifting for you.

Plus, we cover how to plan a cabin budget and save money with energy-saving tips so you are stress-free while enjoying your favorite place on earth.

And once you've built the home of your dreams, you'll need to get designing and decorating so you make the space your own. Let us give you the cabin inspiration you need to love your cabin well into retirement.

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A Family Retreat Blends Cabin and Cottage Styles
A family getaway in northern Michigan gets the blending of cabin and cottage right.
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Winter-Friendly Flooring
What type of flooring should you use in your cabin that can withstand long cold winter months?
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Reclaimed Beauty
Getting the look you want with something repurposed rather than buying new.
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Battery Powered Chainsaw
Editor Mark Johnson was never a fan of battery powered chainsaws, but after a more hands-on experience, he became a believer fo...
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Rustic Style: It's Only Natural
Add life to your cabin with organic touches.
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Financial Planning for the Future
A little financial planning goes a long way toward preserving a lifetime of memories.
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One-Room Log Cabin from the 1800s
One-Room Log Cabin from the 1800s
Take a look at this beautiful little cabin in Lawrence County, Indiana.
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Rustic Cabin Renovation: Reclaiming a Fishing Ranch
This cabin was transformed from dilapidated and dreary to downright dreamy.
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A Rustic Creekside Cabin Gets a Dramatic Update
The moment that San Francisco natives Josh Feldman and Britton Watkins toured this cabin property for sale in a woodland area n...
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Tips for Siting Your Cabin
Even if it's love at first “site,” don’t rush into construction.
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How to Buy Lakeshore
Learn all you can about your potential lake before you make an offer.
Managing a Family Cabin with Multiple Owners
Managing a Family Cabin with Multiple Owners
The best way to plan for the maintenance and legacy of a family cabin with multiple owners for generations to come is to set up...
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Estate Planning: How to Pass Down the Family Cabin
Although your modest family cabin and the idea of estate planning might feel pretentious, planning ahead to ensure that the ret...
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Should You Renovate or Rebuild?
When staring down the renovate-versus-rebuild dilemma, start the decision-making process by asking these six questions:
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The Ultimate Guide to Sharing Cabin Ownership
Here are the three main challenges faced by cabin co-owners and how to tackle each:
Cabins on National Forest Land
Cabins on National Forest Land
The government is no typical landlord. Learn about cabins on national forest land and what that means for your property rights.
Should You Build Your Own Dock?
DIY Dock: Should You Build Your Own Dock?
Your official resource to help you replace, complete building plans, or design and build your own dock on-site.