Building a Cabin the Whole Family Can Enjoy

by Beau Peters

Are you thinking about jumping on the tiny house movement? Do you want to get away from the business of a city or town? Interested in a vacation spot for your family? There are plenty of excellent reasons to consider building a cabin. The best part? With a little bit of time, effort, and experience, you can do it yourself.

If building a cabin seems overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to the sustainable housing trend, DIY cabins and other homes are becoming easier to put together than ever before. Whether you want to jump on board with that trend or focus on a more traditional size, there are a few key elements to DIYing a cabin.

First, it’s important to have a design in mind. You can find plenty of blueprints online if you have experience with building. If you really want to go for a rustic look, you can choose to use logs instead of pre-formed wood. All you have to understand when using logs is which notches you’re going to use. You can even focus on simpler designs, like an A-frame cabin, to help your home come together faster.

Whatever design you choose, consider the following before your home starts to take shape so it can be a place your family loves.

Knowing Where to Build

Location, location, location. It’s not just a term realtors use to sell homes. It’s something you should really think about when you’re considering building a cabin. If you’re building in the woods, consider the seasons. A cozy cabin in autumn can be a beautiful getaway, but you have to be prepared for inclement weather and make sure your cabin can withstand colder temperatures. Consider things like:

  • Insulating windows
  • Adding blown-in insulation for a tighter seal
  • Properly sealing doors, windows, and cracks in the home
  • Building the home in an area that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight

Additionally, you’ll want to build where your home won’t become flooded by groundwater. If you’re worried about wastewater, you may need to call a treatment system operator to measure the flow of sewage.

Finally, it’s important to build on a firm foundation. Many wooded areas have streams or rivers running through them. While those areas can be peaceful and tranquil, they can also cause the land to shift and erode. You don’t want your home in danger of eroding away with the dirt.

Focus on putting together a solid structure by choosing the right land to build upon. When you do, no matter what materials you use, you can be more confident in the security of your home.

Understanding the Cost

One reason people stray away from building their own home is that they’re worried about the cost. But, that’s actually the great thing about a DIY cabin. You’re in control of how much you spend based on the materials you use. If you’re interested in a tiny home, you can get away with spending just a few thousand dollars.

If you’re going to build a more traditional cabin, it’s important to consider every piece of material you’ll use and every process you’ll go through when breaking down your budget. That includes:

  • Site preparation
  • Utilities and services
  • Timber
  • Roof
  • Insulation
  • Interior
  • Tools and equipment

The last thing anyone wants is for their home build to cost more than they originally anticipated. Creating a budget ahead of time can help to prevent that kind of ‘shock,’ and will allow you to comfortably create the cabin of your dreams without worrying about your wallet.

Bringing Your Cabin to Life

Once the basic structure of your cabin is built, you can start to focus on how to design it to fit your family’s needs.

Many people are opting for a minimalist lifestyle, which can make living in a cabin even more relaxing. Minimalism focuses more on utilizing the space you have without over-cluttering it with unnecessary things. Whatever design approach you take, though, it needs to be practical when you’re living in a more secluded area.

For example, installing a freestanding stove is a great way to ensure your entire home will be heated through in the cold fall and winter months. They’re also back in style nowadays thanks to the rustic/farmhouse movement. It’s a great way to combine functionality with style.

If you’re building your cabin for your family, it’s also important to make sure everyone is happy with the new living situation. It can be hard to move somewhere new with kids, but building gives you the unique opportunity to customize your kids’ and teenagers’ rooms, from the decor to the bedding, so they can help to pick out the things they like based on their own sense of style.

Keep in mind the flooring you install as well. You can never go wrong with a classic hardwood or reclaimed barn wood floor. However, if you have young children in your family that are still learning to walk, having carpet or large area rugs will help soften any falls while still adding to the overall aesthetic of your cabin. Stone and concrete — heated or non-heated — are other options to consider to give your home a unique look. If you want to mix and match, knowing the square footage of your rooms will definitely help in determining what’s feasible financially.

Don’t forget to focus on the functionality of the kitchen, too. In almost any home, it’s the central location where people will congregate. If your cabin is on the smaller side, utilize the space in your kitchen so you still have room to move around. One solution is to use your wall space. Install magnetic strips to hang knives, or put racks in your cupboards for pots and pans to give you more storage room.

 

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Why Creatives Should Consider Taking a Cabin Sabbatical

By Beau Peters 

The world we live in today is a hyper-connected one; almost everything we do can be supported or enhanced by some form of online technology. There’s little doubt that this presents huge benefits for creatives. It helps to expose your work to a wider global audience. Not to mention the inspiration you gain from other diverse users.

That said, our constant connectedness has its downsides. It can feel as though we are unable to switch off from the world, to separate from the constant stream of information that bombards us. Our closer relationship with social media audiences can also set unrealistic expectations and can create a demand to produce content that can be overwhelming. If you don’t have strategies in place to keep all this in check, it can be a recipe for burnout.

One of the preventative tools at your disposal is taking a cabin sabbatical. This provides time away from your various screens, and from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life. Studies have shown that even 10 minutes spent in nature can reduce the effects of physical and mental stress. Your cabin away from the world can be both a relaxing sanctuary and a spur for creative productivity. Let’s take a look at where this can help, and some tips to enhance the experience.

Renewed Focus

Our contemporary world is filled with distractions. One recent study revealed that 36% of Millennial and Gen Z respondents admitted to being distracted at work by personal devicesfor 2 hours per day. These devices can be deadly to productivity which is vital in creative projects. Taking a cabin sabbatical can give one time away from the world, but it doesn’t have to be a vacation. Rather, it can act as a space away from the distractions of life to focus on a project, collection, or even just to gather and organize ideas.

Having these goals in mind can help direct your attention as you review potential purchases of rentals. Remember that in order for your time in the cabin to be productive, that space needs to be practically designed to suit your needs. Review if there is adequate space to set up an office, even if it only consists of the absolute essentials you need to reach your creative goals. Are there areas of the cabin that you can dedicate to specific types of creative tasks? Consider keeping these spaces distant from any devices that can access the internet.

Additionally, decoration is just as important here as your practical needs. Your cabin won’t serve its purpose if it is filled with lighting and furnishings that are so intense that they overwhelm you. Instead, look into whether you’re able to decorate the space yourself with decorations that calm the senses or the mind. For example, if you find yourself easily overstimulated, consider methods for sensory-friendly decor. While originally formulated for children with autism, the suggestions for a calming space can be universal. Even ensuring that there is enough storage to avoid clutter and mess can be a boon to your creative headspace.

Maintaining Wellness

To be productive creatively — or in any area of life — we must also keep ourselves healthy. This should be as much a mental and emotional focus as it is a physical one. Taking a cabin sabbatical provides you with opportunities to separate from the stress of everyday life, and undertake activities that are more conducive to your wellbeing.

As a result, location has to be a key factor in making a cabin rental or purchase. Is it situated near clear, safe, and quiet natural areas that allow you to take breaks from your creative work with a hike? While a snowy, mountaintop cabin might seem like a beautiful place to engage in meditation and mindfulness, this isn’t always a practical way for you to get your essential daily exercise. Remember, too, that remote hideaways aren’t always optimal. While you might not want the distraction of visitors, your mindset may benefit from the occasional social conversation with locals or store staff as you gather supplies.

You also need to review how the internal features of the cabin can affect your wellbeing. A small space might seem cozy at first but could have hidden safety risks. This doesn’t mean to say that you need to find somewhere palatial, or entirely free of dangers. Rather, you should ensure you use the most of your stay by creating a comfortable and safe environment.

Back to Basics

Above all other benefits, a retreat to a cabin represents a return to a simpler way of life. The technology and expectations of our contemporary activities generally add complications. Removing these complexities and embracing the back-to-basics approach of the cabin sabbatical can be freeing for creatives. The mind isn’t cluttered by the habits and tools of our daily routines, allowing you space to gain some clarity, and see the world from a different perspective.

That said, achieving this type of simplicity requires a cabin that doesn’t present additional complications of its own. When renting or buying a cabin, be sure to research its structural and infrastructural integrity. Are all the utilities in good working order? Does it have sufficient and operational heating in the colder months? Can the driveway be accessed easily and safely in the case of emergencies?

Similarly, making preparations concerning your own skill set in cabin life can reduce the potential for complex issues. Gain an understanding of basic home maintenance — at the very least some basic plumbing and drain clearancewithout professional tools. This means that you’re not adding additional stress from overflowing toilets or having to find a plumber to make the trip out to you. The more you can embrace self-sufficiency, the simpler your creative cabin sabbatical will be.

Conclusion

The tech-enhanced world we live in is not always conducive to creativity. Taking a cabin sabbatical can help provide a clear, peaceful area for you to focus on your projects. It also boasts health benefits and the potential for gaining new perspectives. However, the onus is also on you to find the cabin that best supports your goals and needs.

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5 Steps for Designing Your Dream Cabin

By Craig Middleton

If you’re tired of the same houses and apartments in the city and suburbs, a mountain cabin may be more your style. Figuring out how to make the dream happen is another challenge altogether. Do you choose the mountains or lakes? Big or small? Remote or close to town? Do you choose an existing style or create your own? Navigating the process can be daunting, but there’s a shortlist to make the whole ordeal a little easier. Here are the first steps you should take to design your dream cabin.

1. Plan

A big project like this requires massive planning upfront to avoid complications later on. If you have a partner, this should definitely be something you do together. You don’t want to be shopping for materials and have completely different styles in mind. Consider your interests and hobbies to make sure your design is functional as well as visually appealing. If traditional means of power are too expensive to bring to remote areas, looking into the best solar panels may be worth your while. Building a cabin typically takes a considerable chunk of time, so you’ll need to plan not only a construction schedule but also leave room for complications. Things like the weather may pause operations, which can throw a wrench in your accommodation plans.

2. Budget

Some of the most unexpected things can eat into your budget. Once you’ve come up with a realistic number, make sure to leave room for surprise expenses. It may be a good idea to come up with some areas you know you want to invest more of your money in, and then come up with some areas you’re willing to compromise on. If a luxurious tub is on your wishlist, you may have to go with slightly less expensive appliances in the kitchen. You may also want to consult an interior designer or contractor, as these experts often have connections or tips about how to find the best prices for different types of materials.

3. Pick Your Location

The location is at least half the fun of having a cabin. The right location can mean everything, so it’s important to visit plots of land for yourself. Once you’ve settled on a general area, consider the wildlife and foliage. Trees can provide plenty of privacy and shade, but they can also damage your home in a storm or make it difficult to see anyone approaching your property. Accessibility often becomes more of a concern as cabin owners age, and even a loose rock can quickly become a danger. In addition, if you expect harsh winter conditions, you may need to prepare supplies according to a schedule every year. If you plan on becoming self-sufficient, you may want to evaluate the land before you attempt to grow crops.

4. Talk To the Experts

If you’re not an expert in building cabins, talk to the people who are. Attempting to take on too much yourself could result in a lot of time and money wasted. It can also prove to be dangerous if you try to install things like electrical systems or plumbing by yourself. These experts can also help you make the most of your budget and space, and help you think of solutions or alternatives to problems you won’t think of.

5. Start in Winter

This may not be the route for everyone, but there are many ways you could benefit from starting the process in winter. Even if you just start the planning in winter, contractors and other experts are more likely to have room in their schedules during the off-season. Many materials and supplies go on sale during the winter months as well. Plus, if you start early, you can be the first to get on the books for construction to start in the warmer months.

Living in your dream cabin may seem like a cozy fantasy now, but with some careful forethought, you can create a home that suits your lifestyle with minimal stress.

 

Craig has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When he’s not creating content or advising clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife.       

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Most Popular Cabin Renovations

By Paisley Hansen

When it comes time to purchase your second home-away-from-home, there are many things to consider before making this large investment. If you are looking to buy a previously owned cabin by the lake or up in the mountains — or if you’re lucky, one located near both — it may be in need of some upgrades. Taking the time to invest in your amazing investment can not only increase your overall satisfaction with the place but can help build memories that will last a lifetime. No matter what your budget looks like, there are major and minor renovations you can do yourself or hire a team of professionals to take care of. You might even hire a small business that is more affordable and customizable. Check out these popular cabin renovation tips and start working on building your dream vacation spot!

Make a Splash with a Custom Pool

Even if you’re planning to purchase a lakeside cabin, putting in a pool can have major benefits. Not only will you have a great feature for any future resale value on the home, but you’ll be able to enjoy the privacy and comfortability of an on-property swimming spot. The only people accessing this small body of water will be you, your family, and your closest friends. When you’re at the beach or the lake, you risk running into others and not having personal space.

Your custom pool can be built exactly to your taste and will be just steps away from your cabin’s back door, making access easy and convenient. To start, seek out pool builders in Austin that allow you to customize and install a safe and trusted inground pool, then begin designing your dream features! Once you have these items in place, you can begin this step of renovating your new cabin home.

Heat Things Up with a Fireplace

Whether you choose to place it indoors or outdoors, having a fireplace in your cabin is a fantastic renovation to make. Even if your cabin already has an indoor fireplace, consider remodeling it to match your style and aesthetic or simply to ensure that it is up to date with proper safety and sanitation features. Replacing the stonework or adding a new mantle can easily refresh the look of the fireplace, or you can simply apply a fresh coat of paint if applicable.

If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy all of your new space, adding an outdoor fireplace is a great way to bring the warmth and comfort of your cabin’s newly redecorated interior outside for all to enjoy. If you don’t feel like being cooped up in the house on a chilly fall night, warming up by an outdoor firepit and making s’mores has a way of making everybody feel at home.

Kick Back on a New Porch

Sometimes, an outdated porch or patio is enough to turn potential buyers away from a cabin. If there is broken wood, chipped paint or rickety stairs, a cabin in the woods or by a lake can seem unkempt or even dangerous. Clean off any debris or dead foliage from the patio, give it a good power wash and spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint. If there are damaged areas, take on the minor renovations yourself or consider hiring a professional to replace the broken wood and make it a safe environment for you to relax.

Once you’ve done the bigger cleaning and safety renovations, you’re ready for the fun part — decorating! Fun items like Adirondack chairs or bistro table sets and other outdoor furniture can make a huge impact on the enjoyability of your outdoor space. It creates a place for you and your loved ones to kick back, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your home. Make sure to provide safe, comfortable seating, and a place to put books, drinks, games, and more.

Buying and renovating a cabin is an exciting prospect! Follow these popular cabin renovation tips and watch your dream second home come to life.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

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Make Your Picnic into a Cabin Adventure

By Elaine Vanessa

Picnicking is considerably popular amongst the masses. Popular venues include beaches, lakesides, parks, scenic environments with views, and even backyards. All you need to do is simply roll out a picnic blanket on a perfect spot and have some food.

Picnics are also a great way to enjoy with family and friends as well as socializing with new acquaintances. However, a picnic accompanied by a cabin can really add to the convenience. Modern cabins nowadays offer you various facilities to settle in and even have a sleepover.

According to a recent study by National Picnic Week, an average person goes for a picnic at least three times in a year, and this amounts to over 94 million picnics annually. Families often spend more than £26 per picnic totaling £2.48 billion in a year. The most popular day for picnics in the US is undoubtedly the 4th of July. For Italy, it is Easter Monday, and in France, it is Bastille Day.

In light of this information, let’s take a quick look at some of the ways through which you can bring modern looks to your picnic cabin.

1.    Camping Cooking Gear

Modern cooking equipment for your outdoor adventures adds another flare of enjoyment to your picnics. However, you need to follow best practices when you lit a fire, even if it’s coming from an electric stove.

Some places may have strict regulations regarding cooking in the open, so check with the authorities first and foremost. Cooking your favorite meal out in the open is extremely fun. Add a swimming pool in the mix, and you are practically in heaven. Here are some gadgets to pique your interest.

  • Cusimax Cmhp-B101 Electric Hot Plate, Countertop Single Burner – portable burner for your cooking needs.
  • Oxo On-The-Go Salad Container – keeps dry and wet ingredients separate.
  • TOURIT Voyager 30 cans soft pack cooler bag – perfect cooler to carry your drinks around for all of your physical excursions.
  • HANGO Insulated Lunch Bag – for keeping your food items warm.
  • TOAKS Titanium 3-Pieces Cutlery Set – polished titanium set of one eating spoon, fork, and table knife.
  • GSI Outdoors Infinity Backpacker Mug – with a collapsible handle and sip lid.
  • Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

2.    Instant Cabin Style Tents

Instant tents are a great way to immediately set up your own tent for your friends and family. Most of them come with easy to follow DIY (Do It Yourself) instructions that can help you get your tent up and ready in no time. All you need to do is just find a perfect spot and voila! Cabin or no cabin, they can serve as both your primary or extended shelter for your picnics. Some of the best ones include:

  • Core Equipment 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent
  • Ozark Trail 11-Person Instant Hexagon Cabin Tent
  • Wenzel 8-Person Klondike Tent

3.    Modular Survival Shovel & Tool Kits

Outdoor survival kits can come in handy for a lot of situations that may face while camping or having a picnic. Plus they have tons of utility to offer for completing mundane tasks. Crowd Writer encourages young and learning minds to spend time with nature to refresh their moods and spirits. Many multifunctional tools and Swiss-Knife variations are also available in the market. Here are some top picks:

  • EVERLIT 250 Pieces Survival First Aid Kit
  • Suaoki Solar Powered Lantern
  • ESEE Knives 4P Fixed Blade Knife with Handle and Molded Polymer Sheath
  • Hults Bruk Tarnaby Axe
  • UST TekFire Lighter

4.    Ultra-Comfortable Sleeping Bags & Items

Of course, you want to lie down, look at the beautiful sky, and feel free from all of your worries. The following can offer you the comfort you need and keep you stretching your limbs for more relaxation.

  • AeroBed Air Mattress with Built-in Pump
  • YETI Lowlands Waterproof Outdoor Blankets
  • Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow
  • The North Face Eco Trial Bed 20 Sleeping Bag
  • GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker

5.    Water Filter Bottles

Water is a necessity of life, and without clean drinking water, any outdoor trip can quickly become tormenting and challenging. Here are some of the best water filter solutions that you can carry around you to ensure clean and healthy drinking water for your family and loved ones.

  • Platypus GravityWorks™ 4.0 Liters Water Filtration System
  • Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
  • Steripen Ultra™ water purifier
  • TrialShot™ Pocket-Sized Water Filter from MSR® Gears

Conclusion

There are still a zillion things to consider because to be honest a picnic that you decide on depends on the number of people, the venue of choice, time of the day, the activities you have planned out and so much more.

So every picnic is different and unique. This is exactly why we never get tired of them in the first place. So a word of advice, plan for picnics beforehand as this will help you pick out the most necessary items you will need for your next outdoor adventure. Cheers and BANZAI!!!

Author Bio

Elaine Vanessa currently works as a Sr. Research Analyst and blog writer at Dissertation Assistance. This is where higher education students can acquire professional dissertation writing services UK to acquire specialized assistance from experts. She likes to go out for long walks at the beach with her pet terrier during her free time.

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Improvements That Will Help You Sell Your Cabin Quickly

By Paisley Hansen

When you’re trying to sell your cabin, there can be a lot to think about especially if you are trying to sell it quickly. Because of this, many sellers may begin to feel overwhelmed, especially if their cabin isn’t selling on the timeline that they would like. The good news is, though, that you don’t need to feel overwhelmed and that there are many ways that you can make your cabin extra appealing to potential buyers.

Have Your Cabin and Appliances Inspected

One of the first things you should do when getting your cabin ready for sale is to make sure that you have it, along with appliances like your furnace and water heater inspected. Even if you haven’t been having any major issues in your cabin, the reality is that you never know when something might be on the verge of malfunctioning or breaking down, particularly if it is older. Not only that, but having everything checked out from your square d breaker box to your HVAC unit can be a great way to help provide potential buyers with peace of mind. By having things inspected you can let them know that they won’t have to worry about any potential breakdowns or issues after buying your cabin.

Update Your Kitchen

Making updates to your kitchen can be another great way to appeal to potential buyers. In the average cabin, most of a family’s time gets spent in the kitchen. Due to this, kitchens tend to get more wear and tear than other rooms in the house. Beyond that, kitchen trends tend to change more rapidly than trends for other rooms in the house. For all of these reasons, it can be a good idea to update your kitchen before putting it up for sale. In some cases, it can be a good idea to overhaul your kitchen completely. However, if you cannot afford that or if your kitchen does not need to be updated majorly, small changes and additions like new light fixtures or a fresh backsplash can be enough to improve the look of your kitchen and boost its appeal to buyers.

Keep Your cabin Secure

If you don’t have quality cabin security already, getting some installed can be a great way to get a buyer’s attention. cabin security may not be a new concept, however, in recent years technology has changed the face of cabin security in big ways. This means that cabin security systems that are only a few years old may already be out of date compared to the new options on the market. By updating your cabin’s security system you can let buyers know that they will have the best security possible and that they can feel safe in their new cabin.

Finish Your Basement

Finishing a basement can be a great way to give your cabin an extra edge and add lots of valuable living space to your cabin. Not only does it provide more living space, but it can have a variety of uses from storage, to a workout room or a man cave or playroom. When finishing a basement it is a good idea to stick to colors that are light and bright, as basements don’t have much natural light and can easily feel closed off and dark. Additionally, it can also be a good idea to install plenty of lighting for this same reason. If you don’t have a basement that you can finish, there are still things you can do to ensure that it is appealing to buyers. If your basement has leaks or is damp, addressing these issues can make a big difference.

Amp Up Your Curb Appeal

While the work you do inside of your cabin is sometimes the most important, you can’t neglect your curb appeal, either. What your cabin looks like on the outside will provide potential buyers with their first impression of your cabin, so you want to make sure that it is a good one. While some may worry that they don’t know how to improve their curb appeal, it can be very simple. In many cases, all you need to do is keep your lawn and landscaping maintained, as well as fix anything that is damaged around the front of your cabin. Also, little projects like repainting your mailbox or adding new address numbers to the front of your cabin can be great, simple ways to spruce your cabin up and make it look more presentable.

Freshen Up Your Bathroom

After your kitchen, your bathroom gets the most traffic and the most wear and tear. This is true not only because it is a frequently used room, but also because of the amount of water usage that happens, bathrooms are more susceptible to things like water damage and general deterioration. In some cases, if you have fixtures in your bathroom that are old and leaky, it can be a good idea to remodel your whole bathroom and replace them, so that buyers won’t feel like that is an expense they will have to deal with shortly after moving in. In other cases, though, sometimes a new coat of paint or some new light fixtures may be all you need to freshen up your bathroom and increase your cabin’s appeal to buyers.

Try a New Color Palette

Sometimes a new color palette can be a great idea for making your cabin more exciting to buyers. While you may have loved the colors that you picked for your cabin, if they are particularly bold or extreme, they might not appeal to potential buyers. By opting for more neutral and toned down colors instead, you can help give your cabin a more universally appealing look.

Final Thoughts

When you’re trying to sell your cabin, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly if you are trying to make a quick sale. The good news is, though, that there can be many simple ways to boost the overall appeal of your cabin to buyers, from getting maintenance for major appliances to working on your cabin’s curb appeal.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

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Why a Cabin Stay Is A Perfect Winter Vacation

By Mikkie Mils

If you are wondering where you should plan your next winter vacation, there is a good chance you are thinking about somewhere warm. Chances are, it will also be busy. Maybe you are thinking about a beach, or maybe an amusement park. Stop for a second though. What if you do something different this year? Before putting down that deposit on another coastal resort, why not consider a cabin, way up high in the mountains?

If your immediate thought is “no,” think about these five perks you may be overlooking.

You Can Hear Yourself Think

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the home gives you the chance to unplug. There is nothing more peaceful than sipping a toasty mug of coffee in a warm cabin as you hear the fire crackle and the snow falls outside. Without your daily life around to distract you, you have time to reflect. Other types of vacations can also be distracting. For example, when you take a trip to a big city, things are constantly happening, and it can be hard to find time to pause. In a cabin, everything slows down.

Building a Fire Can Build Connection

Many cabins give guests the opportunity to put a little work into staying comfortable. Necessary tasks like building a fire can be surprisingly and pleasantly rewarding. If you and your family get too caught up in the constant come and go of everyday responsibilities, a cabin can provide you with a shared opportunity to reconnect and refocus through shared purpose. How? When a group task like keeping the fire alive becomes everyone’s responsibility, miscellaneous worries like work emails and math grades become less important.

There Are Cabin Experiences for Everyone

Even if you are not a fan of rustic camping, there are cabins out there you can enjoy. If you prefer to stay somewhere with modern amenities, you have options. Depending on where you go, you can find places that will remind you of a hotel room. Many cabins run on standard electricity, but there are others that rely on the sun on and use a solar panel battery. You will also find a variety of weather. While it can be fun to stay in a cabin in the snow, there are many warmer climates where you can also find this kind of stay. Likewise, not all cabins are in the middle of nowhere or high in the mountains (though some of the best are). You can always find a cabin closer to town if you need to.

You Can Fall In Love With Nature

This is another factor that will ultimately come down to where you decide to have your cabin stay, but in the case of many cabins, the surrounding nature is one of the best parts of the whole trip. The cabin itself will have plenty to offer, but staying at a cabin in the middle of the woods will give you the opportunity to truly see the stars as well as all kinds of animals. Although the thought of snow might be a little cold and off-putting at first, bundling up and taking a walk outside can be a magical experience. You will see snow is more beautiful among the trees than on busy city streets.

Everything Is Cozy

Whether you cook soup on the stove or you curl up on the sofa playing a game with your family, everything about a cabin stay experience is cozy. From the fire to the blankets to the opportunities for quiet solitude, a cabin stay is as cozy as you can get. In some cultures, this comfortable concept of coziness is of vital importance. If you have ever enjoyed reading a book under a warm blanket with some hot cocoa by your side, you can probably understand why. Plus, science says it is good for your health. When people experience this feeling, they enjoy many emotional, physical, and social benefits.

If you are thinking about taking your family to the beach this January, take some time to consider the perfect alternative: A cabin stay. From peace to connection to feeling cozy, it is the perfect way to spend your next winter vacation.

 

Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on natural health cures and news, budgeting hacks, and favorite DIY projects. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her little ones around or can be found rock climbing at her local climbing gym.

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Safety Tips To Consider When Building Your Dream Cabin

By Craig Middleton

What’s more exciting than building your dream home? A remote cabin can offer privacy, wide-open spaces, and a cozy atmosphere all at once. When you build it yourself, you get to customize your new home to suit your desired lifestyle. However, if you’re unfamiliar with building cabins, there’s a decent chance you’ll miss some important details. When it comes to your safety, it’s best to consult the experts. Here are five things to consider before construction starts.

1. Correct Plumbing and Electric

Installing the plumbing and electrical systems is best left in the hands of a capable professional. Even minor mistakes can result in extensive damage, so you’ll just prolong the project and spend more money in the long run. It can be difficult to work on other projects while these systems are being installed, so a delay here can throw off your entire schedule. Make sure you’re using high-quality materials that will last, and protect all of your electronics and appliances with whole house surge protection.

2. Quality Materials

Keep your cabin’s maintenance needs in mind during the construction process. Chances are you’ll want to do some basic remodeling every so often, but it’s important for the bones of the house to be strong. Some materials, like brick, will need to be cleaned regularly. Your cabin will likely have a lot of wood that needs to be treated to prevent rot. If you forget or brush off this schedule, you could end up dealing with insects and mold that will not only cause extensive damage but will also be difficult to get rid of. Stone looks nice in the back yard or as a garden path, but it can also be slippery in damp weather. When choosing construction materials, think long and hard about maintenance and functionality in addition to the price and aesthetics.

3. Visibility

Before you begin construction on your dream cabin, or even before you purchase land, think about what your visibility will be like. Lots of foliage means greater seclusion, but it also makes it difficult to see if anyone is approaching your property, and it’s also more likely a tree will fall on the cabin during poor weather. Depending on your area, it may be difficult to even get a landscaping company out to your property, especially on short notice. If you decide you like the look of greenery around your home, have an expert assess the health of the nearby trees.

4. Windows and Doors

A multitude of windows can help make a cabin feel more open, and several doors can be convenient for accessing the home, but these aspects can also present a security risk. It is important to properly install locks on all of your doors and windows. It is also essential to use the right materials for doors and frames because flimsy, hollow core doors are more likely to give way under pressure even with top-notch locks. Many criminals want an easy target, and your little cabin in the woods may fit that description at first. However, if they approach your home with a security system and secure locks on every entrance (including windows, a popular access point), this may be enough to deter them.

5. Multiple Floors

Multiple floors can be a great way to increase your space, but you should also be thinking long term. If you plan on keeping your cabin for years or decades, you may no longer be interested in climbing upstairs as you age. Plus, if you’re doing a lot of the work yourself, you may not be aware of certain safety standards. This can result in stairways that are too steep or handrails that are incorrectly installed.

Building a cabin can be intimidating, but the end result is a huge achievement. When you take the proper care, you can construct a safe, sturdy cabin that will last for years to come.

 

Craig has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When he’s not creating content or advising clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife.       

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4 Ways To Save Up To Buy A Cabin

by Paisley Hansen

You’ve probably dreamed of owning a second home on a lake. In the summers, you can float around in the lake, hike in the hills, and grill hot dogs and burgers for dinner in the evenings. In the winter, you can ski the snow-capped mountains during the day and then cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace at night. But how are you going to afford to purchase a cabin? A second home is expensive, not to mention the upkeep expenses and the cost of the furniture and appliances you’ll need to furnish it. However, there are ways to successfully save up for your new home so that your cabin dream can become a reality. Here are a few.

1. Properly Organize Your Bank Accounts

In order to save money, you have to be smart about the way in which you handle your bank accounts; depositing your money properly into savings and checking accounts can determine whether you reach your saving goals. Make sure that your checking account isn’t costing you money; some checking accounts have added fees of which many aren’t aware, and they can average about $15 a month.

Additionally, make sure you are earning generous interest on your savings account, and if not, opening a high-yield savings account can help you grow your savings by doing nothing but leaving your money in the bank. It’s also critical that you trust your bank’s ATM, so that when you deposit your money into either of your accounts, your atm router knows exactly what to do with it and how to keep it secure.

2. Avoid Impulse Buys

Do you really need to buy that fuzzy sweater in August? How about that spoon and fork combination utensil? If you don’t resist impulse buys, they can be the fatal fall of your mountain home savings fund. But if you do resist, they can provide a big boost. Every time you catch yourself putting that unnecessary item in your cart, check the price and return it to the shelf. When you get home, deposit that money into your savings account. It will be a proper reward for your good behavior, and you’d rather have a cabin than a spork, right?

3. Get a Side Job

If your current job isn’t taking in enough income for your new cabin, consider getting a side job. While your side job shouldn’t be a big-time commitment and you shouldn’t expect it to make you a millionaire, it can be essential in giving your savings account the boost it needs. Side jobs like nannying, pet sitting, dog walking, weeding, or landscaping are all good options. Pick something you enjoy, set aside a few hours a week, and advertise yourself online and to people in your neighborhood that might want to hire a little extra help.

4. Cook Most of Your Meals at Home

Eating out can be a sneaky expense, which is why you should try to cook as many meals at home as you possibly can. Buying from the supermarket is way less expensive than buying from a restaurant; the price of one meal out can get you two or three meals at home. Try to plan and budget your meals at the beginning of the week so that you know exactly how much you’ll be spending, and try to stick to that budget when you go to buy the ingredients at the grocery store. However, don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a nice restaurant meal on a special occasion — after all your savings, you’ll deserve it!

Putting a few dollars in savings every now and again might not seem like it’s making a difference, and it’s easy to become impatient watching your savings account slowly climb. However, each time you avoid an impulse buy or choose to cook your meal instead of going out to a restaurant, you’ll be one step closer to owning that beautiful cabin on the mountaintop.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

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5 Signs You Are Ready To Purchase a Cabin

by Craig Middleton

A vacation cabin can be a wonderful luxury that many people do not get to have. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford this, there are a few things to consider before doing so. It is important that you know when you are ready to take this step, and it should not be done so lightly. You need to have a solid financial plan before making this investment and think about how you will use a vacation cabin long-term. Consider these five tips for knowing if you are ready to purchase a vacation cabin.

  1. Your Cabin Is Paid For

Before you start buying additional properties, your primary residence should be paid for. This will make it easier to get a conventional loan, as you will be able to show that you have the means to pay off your debts. The last thing you want to do is strap yourself with additional debt if you are already having problems paying off your cabin. Your vacation cabin should be considered a secondary residence. You have to think about if you are able to take on this additional financial burden.

  1. You Have a Regular Vacation Spot

If you tend to travel all over the world for vacation, buying a vacation cabin might not be in your best interest. If you tend to return to the same place multiple times a year, it could benefit you greatly to have a home, cabin or condo in that location. Consider how much use your vacation property will get. You do not want the burden of maintaining a property if you are not going to get to enjoy it very often. You need to know that you will be getting your money’s worth out of the place you choose.

  1. You Want a Business Investment

If you are not opposed to having people rent out your vacation cabin, you can consider it a business investment. For example, when you are not staying at the property yourself, you can rent it out for a fee to friends and family. Alternatively, you can rent it to other vacationers through a travel website. Make sure that you consider this option carefully though. Although you will be able to make some easy money, there are many maintenance and overhead things to consider.

  1. You Are Debt-Free

Before investing in a luxury item like a vacation property, you need to be in a good place financially. You should make it a goal to live within your means. If it will cause a struggle on your monthly budget to purchase a vacation cabin, then right now might not be the right time. It is a decision that should be carefully weighed, and your current financial standing will have a large impact on whether or not it is time to take the step towards this investment.

  1. You Want a Place To Spend Time With Family

If you have family members that live in another state, it can be difficult to get everyone together at the same time. A cabin in the mountains or a house on the beach can be great spots to get together. If you think that having a centrally located vacation cabin would allow you to spend more time with your family, it can be well worth it. You will have somewhere that you can all call home base, and it will be fun to vacation and relax together.

Investing in property can be a great way to diversify your portfolio. However, as with any investment, it is important that you think carefully about your decision before committing to anything. Consider how a vacation cabin could benefit you, but also consider any challenges that might come along with it. When you think about all aspects of the decision, you will be able to make an informed choice that you can feel good about.

 

Craig has worked in health, real estate, and HR businesses for most of his professional career. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When he’s not creating content or advising clients, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife.       

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