Category Archives: Building and Renovation

Cozy Cabins

The warmth of natural materials, combined with the needs of today’s eco-friendly lifestyles, make these small cabins the perfect getaway. Garden Cottage This little cabin features a covered porch and a double-door entry flanked by pillars.  Finished with cedar shingles and … Continue reading

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The Challenge Of Keeping Old Cabin Charm When Remodeling

By Dale Mulfinger Cabin remodels and additions are as varied as the many existing structures at the lake or in the forrest. This creates a plethora of client goals and constraining budgets. One frequent challenge is what to do with … Continue reading

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Log Home Television Show Now Casting

From the producers of Treehouse Masters comes a new exciting series for LOG HOME aficionados!  A Major Cable Network wants to follow your journey in creating your dream cabin! Whether you want an addition to your existing home, a weekend … Continue reading

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What you may not know about building or remodeling on water.

by Wayne Branum  Over many years of practicing architecture in Minnesota and Wisconsin I have been surprised by how many property owners are not fully informed about the issues involved with building new or remodeling their properties, especially on bodies … Continue reading

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Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway

New Book by Architect Dale Mulfinger “Cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, has designed cabins all over North America, from Nova Scotia to Jackson Hole, Wyo. A principal emeritus of SALA Architects, he is the author of five books including the best-selling … Continue reading

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Redwood – one of the most energy-efficient building materials.

Since the 1990s, there has been increased awareness of redwood sustainable forestry and the ways it safeguards our environment.  Third-party forest certification standards have been put into effect, ensuring that socially responsible business and environmental protections are enforced in forest … Continue reading

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Models: The Design Tool of Choice

There is no better method for previewing your design ideas, than to fabricate a 3D cardboard model. Don’t be too concerned about making it precious as its principle value is in representing the forms/roofs of the building. Scotch tape, a … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of Tax Credits to Stretch Home Improvement Dollars

Warm weather heralds home improvement season. It’s also the season of high electric bills as air conditioners hum to life in response to rising temperatures across the country. When you’re making summer upgrades to your home, improvements that make your … Continue reading

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Ward Cedar Log Homes – Celebrating 90 Years as America’s Oldest Log Home Manufacturer

Log cabins became a part of American history when the first settlers to our country discovered two things … a need for shelter and protection and an abundance of natural woods. They began constructing rustic, one-room cabins and an American … Continue reading

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The Pay As You Go Cabin Dream

By Dale Mulfinger For many folks, cabins appear as luxury, only to be paid for by cash available. But there is a way to build your dream cabin – on a budget. After the land is paid off there are … Continue reading

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