3 Electrical Hazards To Watch For

by Paisley Hansen 

When purchasing a cabin, the most important inspection category to be aware of is the health of the electrical system. Problems in this area can be prohibitively expensive to correct and failure to do so can be disastrous. If your new home is a cabin, there are some specific issues that you need to be aware of.

Incorrect Wiring Installation

When electrical wires and breaker boxes are installed in a standard stick frame home, electricians use the space between the outer and inner walls and the sides of the wall studs to run the wiring. In a log cabin that space is not available. Correctly wiring a log cabin is not significantly more difficult than wiring a standard home, but the builder and electrician must have experience dealing with this particular style of home. Wiring a log cabin requires specific techniques that an electrician who has never worked on log homes simply will not know. If your home’s wiring was installed incorrectly, that is an obvious electrical hazard that will need to be corrected immediately. Faulty wiring can cause a whole host of issues, none more frightening than the possibility of an arc flash fire that has the potential to be deadly.

Insufficient Electrical Capacity

Many cabins were built as vacation getaways and, as such, their electrical system was not created to handle the load of modern everyday living. So, if you flip a breaker every time someone uses the microwave at the same time that you’re drying your hair, this might be the issue. Simply put, every home has been built with a set electrical capacity, the breaker panel can only channel so much electricity at a time. Don’t try to expand your electrical capacity by plugging in a multi-socket power strip at every outlet. This will only create more danger of overextending your wiring and cause dangerous issues.

Because wiring in log cabins must be drilled into the logs themselves, expanding the wiring is not a simple thing to do and can be quite expensive. This is why builders must be exact in planning the electrical system in a log home. If you see signs that a previous owner has tried to take shortcuts to expand the electrical capacity in your homes, such as exposed wiring stapled to the walls or a breaker box with obvious DIY patches plugged into it, this too must be addressed immediately.

The only safe solution to wiring issues is to hire a professional electrician to correctly upgrade your wiring and breaker box. It’s pricey but home safety is always a good investment.

Poor Maintenance

Log homes require regular maintenance to preserve the wood’s integrity. A well-maintained log cabin, contrary to common belief, is actually safer from fire than a regular house. However, a poorly maintained cabin with dried or deteriorated logs can turn your home into a tinder box.

Unprotected wood homes are also magnets for insects and rodents who can damage not only your home’s exterior but its internal wiring as well. The combination of poorly maintained wood and faulty wiring is a recipe for disaster. A neglected log home can often be restored, but the cost for repairs may be extensive. It is best to have your home inspected for these issues prior to purchasing. No matter how much you love your potential home, if a professional advise you that its state of neglect makes it unsafe, you may want to move on.

Assessing your new home for safety should supersede any emotional attachment you’ve developed for it. A home inspection for a solid wood home should cover all the categories common for a stick frame home. Additionally, you’ll want to pay close attention to the electrical system in the home. If the system is too old, installed incorrectly, or has critical faults, get an estimate for the cost of fixing those issues. Make sure your inspector has experience with log homes and can correctly estimate how well the home has been maintained by its previous owners. A little caution today can save you money and stress in the future.


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, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

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Sustainable Living Tips for Cabin Dwellers

By Beau Peters

When you think about cabin life, it’s hard not to link sustainability. Many people who live in cabins are already interested in the environment, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that the best locations for cabins tend to be in large, open spaces surrounded by wooded areas and the best of what nature has to offer.

But, if you’re a cabin dweller, there is undoubtedly more you could be doing to create a sustainable lifestyle. Whether you’ve always been interested in the wellbeing of the planet or you know it’s time to make a change, there are several tips you can (and should be) putting into practice at home.

Consider Construction Carefully

Whether you’re building a new cabin or you want to renovate an existing one, make sure your construction practices are as eco-friendly as possible. When you’re building, some of the following solutions can help to keep your carbon footprint as minimal as possible:

  • Collecting rainwater
  • Using sustainable energy
  • Installing a septic tank
  • Adding a living roof onto the home

Whether you’re building or renovating, it’s also a good idea to use eco-friendly or recycled materials. Buying things pre-owned is another great way to cut down on waste when it comes to usable materials. Salvaging and reusing whatever materials you can help to make your renovation project or construction more sustainable, and you won’t contribute as much to the nearly 300 million tons of waste produced by the U.S.

Limit Your Daily Travels

One of the biggest benefits of living in a cabin is being away from the chaos of busy cities. Unfortunately, if you work far away from where you live, you could be contributing to carbon emissions more than you might want thanks to a long commute.

You can try to offset that problem by carpooling with someone else, purchasing an electric vehicle, or even switching careers and working from home. Remote working has become increasingly popular over the last several years. For many, it’s now become a necessity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, asking your employer to let you make a switch certainly isn’t unheard of.

There are plenty of “pros” to living far away from urban areas, too. Not just for you, but for the planet. For example, when you’re not constantly immersed in a city lifestyle, you’re less likely to make superfluous purchases or buy things on impulse. This can cut back on waste and you’ll be doing your part to slow the production and energy usage of mass-market companies.

Living in rural areas also means less pollution. Even if your sustainability efforts are just starting, you’ll be able to breathe easier in a rural cabin area, which may inspire you to push even more toward a sustainable lifestyle.

If you do have to travel on a daily basis to run errands or go to work, make other small changes in your life that can help the rest of your habits to be more sustainable. Having to do one thing each day that may be harmful to the environment doesn’t have to put a damper on your other sustainable efforts. In fact, it should inspire you to take more sustainable action whenever you’re home.

Make Small Changes for a Big Impact

You don’t have to do anything extreme to your cabin or even change your lifestyle all that much to be more sustainable on a daily basis. Some of the easiest, everyday sustainability practices will not only benefit the planet but your entire family.

Start with something simple, like composting. It’s easy to get started, even with no experience. All you need is an open area in your yard that’s out of the way. Your compost pile can start with grass, leaves, and yard waste. From there, add food scraps from your kitchen. Some of the best things to compost include:

  • Herbs and spices
  • Brush clippings
  • Old wine
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Bread
  • Coffee grounds
  • Teabags

After a few weeks of composting and turning the pile, you should be able to use the compost at the bottom of your pile as a balanced fertilizer for gardening – another sustainable activity!

You might also consider going “off the grid” as much as possible when living in a cabin. If you work remotely and need electricity and Internet access, you might not think that’s possible. But, consider using solar panels for your energy needs, and a well for water. Any small changes you can make to cut back on energy dependency can make a big difference.

As a cabin dweller, sustainable living is easier than you might think. It provides a way to challenge yourself, and it’s an incredibly rewarding practice. Keep some of these tips in mind to make your cabin lifestyle more sustainable, and try finding more ways on your own to help the planet.

Beau Peters is a creative professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. As a manager, he’s learned a slew of tricks of the trade that he enjoys sharing with others who have the same passion and dedication that he brings to his work. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading and trying new things.

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How to Set Up Your Cabin

by Craig Middleton

Cabin living might sound like a dream to some people, but you can make it into a reality. There are few places more peaceful than a cabin in the mountains. You get to see nature first-hand, right outside of your window. For some people, cabin life is little more than a getaway. For others, cabin life is home.

No matter how you plan to use your cabin, you have to make sure that it is comfortable for you and your family. If this is your first time furnishing a cabin, you might not know where to begin. Having the basics is critical if you want to live comfortably. Here is what you should bring to set up your cabin-like home.

Choose Comfortable Furniture

Choosing the right furniture for your cabin depends on a couple of different factors. Your décor taste, your comfort level and your budget will heavily influence how you furnish your cabin. While most people want the décor to match mountain living, there is more than one design for cabins. These designs include:

  • Rustic
  • Mountain
  • Lodge

Rustic décor may include a lot of greenery, metal furnishings and creamy white colors for the paint. Whitewashed finish is common in rustic décor. Mountain décor, on the other hand, focuses on cozy. You may want warm lighting, velvet throw pillows and warm tones. Lodge décor, on the other hand, may have more greens, reds and creams sprinkled in. You may want to have a wildlife theme, such as bear, moose or deer.

Many people choose to decorate their cabin with comfortable, leather upholstered chairs and sofas. You can use area rugs to section off different areas.

When it comes to bedroom furniture, you may want beds with soft, warm layered blankets. If you want a new bed, consider parting with your current one via mattress donations. If you’re worried about the price, you can find a lot of discount furniture items. Additionally, if you purchase durable items, you will not have to replace them.

Keep a Stocked First Aid Kit

When it comes to mountain living, you need to always be prepared. Accidents can happen anywhere. Sometimes, you may have to drive several miles to the nearest store. While every home should have a first aid kit, you especially need to keep one handy in a cabin. Make sure that it is stocked with bandages, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment and more.

Consider having multiple first aid kits, especially if you plan a lot of outdoor activities. If you like to hike, you will need a first aid kit to take with you into the woods. Your mountain first aid kit should be able to fit into your backpack. Like your at-home kit, you should have bandages and equipment to treat scrapes and blisters. In addition, your bag should be water-resistant. You’ll want it to have a reflective logo so that you can see it in the dark.

Store Extra Blankets and Linens

It can get chilly in the mountains. While you should always have a backup heating source, you also want to make sure that you have extra blankets and linens for chilly nights. Not only can having extra blankets make the cold nights feel cozier, but you can use the extra blankets to host picnics in the grass or to stargaze at night.

Make sure that there are plenty of blankets for every person in your family. Wool blankets, fleece blankets, cotton blankets and cashmere are the warmest blankets that you can find. Fuzzy blankets tend to feel warmer because the fuzzy part traps the air and will keep you warm.

Whether you spend your vacations in a mountain cabin or you want to try your hand at living in the mountains, there are a lot of ways you can furnish the cabin. Not only do you need to focus on your aesthetic, but you need to focus on the health and safety of your family along with how much you can afford.


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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Building a Budget Cabin

by Paisley Hansen

If your dream is to have a cabin nestled in a grove of trees or on the shore of a glittering lake, then you’ve probably thought about building your own cabin. This is a wonderful way to get exactly what you’ve always wanted, but there are several things to keep in mind to keep the overall costs down. Before you start buying materials or hiring contractors, first figure out exactly what you need, keeping in mind that in this case, bigger is not always better. The larger the cabin, the more expensive it will be, so choose multi-purpose rooms that will save on space. Combine dining and living rooms, create an eat-in kitchen that eliminates the dining room or add a sleeping nook to your living room.

DIY or Hire?

It may be tempting to save money by building the cabin yourself, but make sure you have the knowledge and ability before starting. Carpentry is difficult to work, so keep your immune system in prime condition by taking greens powder every day. Use any spare time to study building guides and resource materials as much as possible to eliminate any costly mistakes. If you’re not comfortable taking on the responsibility of building your own home or simply don’t have the time to devote to such a large project, consider hiring a builder. Ask friends and family for references, and take your time in the initial interview to make sure you’re comfortable working with them. Keep in mind that you can always hire a builder to do the basic work and leave you to complete easier tasks like trim work, painting or light installation.

Use a Kit

The easiest, quickest way to build a cabin on a budget is to choose a ready-made cabin kit that includes a set floor plan and lists all required lumber, hardware and tools. Some kits even allow you to buy the building plans together with required materials, while others let you comparison shop amongst various suppliers for the best deals. When choosing the right kit for your ideal cabin, keep in mind that the simpler plans will be the least expensive, while more complex plans that alter the basic rectangle with add-ons like a garage, dormer windows, or cathedral ceilings will require extra design work, materials and labor.

Safety First

The easiest way for costs to quickly spiral out of control is for a serious accident to take place. There’s nothing worse than an unanticipated visit to the emergency room; not only does it potentially open you up to liability and expensive medical bills, but it will also delay your building timeline, which can affect all aspects of your project. Make sure that all people on the site are wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment like steel-toed shoes, safety goggles, gloves and hard hats, and ensure that your tools are in good repair without dull edges, fraying power cords or missing safety guards. Simple steps like these are critical to a smooth, cost-efficient operation.

Quality Over Cost

It may seem tempting to choose the least expensive light fixtures, flooring or countertops, but remember that price should only be a factor in making these decisions. Often, lower prices can indicate lower quality, which in turn can translate into difficult installations, costly repairs or replacements down the line. While you shouldn’t always gravitate to the most expensive item in the showroom, take your time in researching the various options by reading reviews and asking people you trust for their feedback. Not only can upgrading to a higher quality option save you time and money in the long run, it can also help avoid buyer’s remorse if you did not choose what you really envisioned for your space.

For many people, a mountain or lakeside cabin is a lifelong dream that stays a dream forever. If you’re one of the lucky few that can make that cabin life a reality, take your time in the planning process to ensure you get the affordable cabin of your dreams.


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, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband.

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6 Great Real Estate PR Tips

By Craig Middleton

Public relations and marketing are vital strategies for every business, including real estate. While a building may be able to market itself through qualities such as uniqueness or utility, it’s your responsibility to entice people to use your real estate agent to purchase a building. Here are six great real estate PR tips.

1. Focus on Creating Quality Content

Without quality content, your marketing will be empty. Your content needs to be able to reach your audience and pique their interest without offering unrealistic promises. Be engaging, but also make sure you’re being factual and talking to your audience at their level. After you figure out your audience, the first thing you should do is determine where to focus your marketing efforts, for example, on social media or in print ads. Then, decide whether to cast a wide net, focus on direct, personalized calls to action, or utilize a mix of both. Remember that short, punchy, informative content can generate more interest than overly-flowery content can.

2. Pinpoint Your Target Audience

The first step you should take when working on public relations and marketing is to identify your target audience. Current marketing trends call for pinpointing potential customers in order to maximize impact and feedback, rather than casting a wide net. The former is much more cost-effective and precise than the latter. This is particularly important in real estate, where you are most likely to find your target audience within your geographic reach. You can conduct market research to understand your most compatible demographics and determine market segmentation from there.

3. Establish an Internet Presence

It’s nearly impossible to create any kind of buzz without establishing an internet presence. A website and various social media pages can give you a big boost in visibility online, as well as providing your target audience with multiple ways to contact you and provide feedback. A highly visible internet presence can do much of the marketing for you, especially if you make sure you regularly interact with your existing customers and interested potential customers.

4. Utilize Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software

CRMs are incredibly handy tools for businesses to track and analyze customer information and interactions. Not only can you use these software solutions to schedule appointments, create, track and filter leads and plan out routes, but you can analyze customer data in order to gain insight into customer trends and needs. Once you do this, you can use your data and insights to develop new marketing campaigns that target those needs or are personalized to certain likely customers. For a more cost-effective option, there are options on the market such as a free real estate CRM.

Free software options can be just as effective as ones you purchase or subscribe to.

5. Monitor Competitors

This is an especially effective tactic if you’re based in an area with your competitors nearby. In a case such as that, you’ll likely be competing for the same audience and demographics. You should check what your competitors are doing in terms of internet chatter, marketing campaigns and rent or purchase specials being offered. Once you do that, you can figure out where your business stands in comparison and what you can do to stand out or stay abreast of emerging trends.

6. Budget Appropriately

Don’t forget to factor your marketing expenses into your budget. You need to establish realistic expectations for your marketing strategy in all aspects, including spending, or else you may overshoot your available resources. Once you understand the marketing strategy you’re going to utilize, you can research the budgetary breakdown and determine what funding you’ll need to allocate. For example, you’ll likely spend more money on printed advertising than on social media posts, due to the different natures of those types of media. So, if you’re planning to market mainly digitally, you’ll likely need to allocate less money for that advertising than if you planned to market via physical media.

PR is an essential aspect of real estate. Properly representing and marketing your business can aid you in navigating real estate trends and catch the eyes of potential customers.


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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Tips To Get Your Cabin Ready for Spring


By Mikkie Mills

A beautiful cabin nestled into the mountains is a fabulous getaway for relaxing and enjoying some time in nature. After a long winter, your cabin may need a little extra care to get ready for the warmer months and more frequent use. Take a weekend and do some clean-up and look for any places that need repair. You’ll be glad you took the time to do so when your next visit is focused on having fun.

Check the Structure and Take Care of Maintenance

Heavy winter snows, high winds, and ice can do a lot of damage to a cabin that’s tucked away in the woods. If you don’t get out to visit much during the winter, then you may be unaware of some of the problems. When springtime comes, thoroughly inspect your cabin and be on the lookout for any structural damage. Check the roof for leaks and make sure the pipes didn’t freeze. Make sure all the utilities work and are turned back on.

Look over every room and window for cracks from fallen tree branches. You may need to take care of any mice or other critters that decided to make themselves cozy in your cabin while you were away. Open all the drawers and cupboards to inspect clothing and linens for holes.

Consider Adding Upgrades

Spring maintenance is the perfect time to think about adding those upgrades you always wanted to do. Solar panels are a great way to be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. They can add value to your cabin and save you money. Other updates like adding an outbuilding to house your vehicles are also a good investment.

Do a Thorough Cleaning Inside and Out

A good cleaning of your cabin should be part of your plan for spring. Months of limited use can cause the interior of the cabin to smell musty and collect a lot of dust. It’s a good idea to wash any curtains and blankets that have been sitting out. Wipe down the walls and floors to freshen the place and remove all the dirt. A few rugs scattered over the floors aren’t a bad idea since spring will bring mud and mess along with it. Pay special attention in the bathroom and kitchen. Be sure to clean all fixtures and appliances.

The exterior of your cabin will need some sprucing up as well. Clean out the gutters of the build up of leaves and debris. Any fallen trees or branches should be removed or cut up into firewood. Brush off or pressure wash the outside walls to get rid of mud and discoloration. You may also want to check out how the paint or weatherproofing sealant is holding up and add a fresh coat if it’s starting to wear off or chip.

Work at Landscaping

Part of the joy of having a cabin in the mountains is the amazing view. To fully appreciate the scenery, you’ll need to do a little landscaping. Keep it simple, but regularly mow the lawn and rake up fallen leaves. Cluttered mess, even given by nature, can clash and detract from the otherwise pristine surroundings.

Keep lawn furniture clean and organized and have outdoor tools and equipment neatly stored away. You will enjoy yourself much better when everything is organized and in it’s the proper place.

Get Ready for Fun

Your cabin should be a place that you look forward to spending time in, so make it welcoming and ready for some outdoor enjoyment. Chop and stack firewood so it is ready for a campfire. Clean up any outbuildings and service your ATV, boat, or any recreational vehicle that you have. Do all of this in advance to save time and get the chores out of the way.

If you keep your cabin in good shape, it will be available for years of rejuvenating weekends and summers spent in the fresh air. Take good care of it and inspect it on a regular basis to head off any costly or time-consuming repairs before they become a big problem.


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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Tips for Enjoying Nature and the Outdoors from Your Cabin

by Craig Middleton

For anyone who owns a cabin either for vacation or residential purposes, their woodsy retreat is the best place to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. The cabin experience is one to be cherished and respected. A wooden abode in the woods is a wonderful place to get in tune with the great outdoors while being able to spend your nights in a warm, cozy bed and wake up to hot coffee in the morning. If you are new to the cabin life, then here are some tips for enjoying nature and the outdoors from your humble abode!

Make Your Porch a Room

What better way to immerse yourself in the outdoor scenery and sounds of nature than to turn your cabin’s porch into one of your house’s rooms! You can make your outdoor space more comfortable to the point where you look forward to having your morning coffee or tea out there, watching the mist roll over the mountains, lake or even just the woods. This process can start with you adding one of many comfortable glider swings with some fluffy pillows and a side table. This will have you really feeling in tune with nature everyday you spend at your cabin.

Dial in Your Decorations

You know the saying about food, “the eyes eat first”? Well, the same could be said about decorations in a cabin. The furniture, wall hangings and fixtures that you put in your cabin will really set the mood for how you feel when you spend time there. You probably want items that relate to your cabin lifestyle. For example, if you or your family members are hunters, then perhaps some mounted heads of your family’s best kills would make everyone feel at home. Or, if your people prefer to fish, try some fun, lake style cabin decor. Stick with earthy colors and you will find yourself feeling the cabin peace every time you walk in the door.

Bring Your Favorite Amenities

Being immersed in the outdoors is nice because it can be fun to get rugged and tap into our hunter/gatherer roots of spending time in the wild. However, it is awfully nice to be able to sleep in a warm bed with comfortable and clean sheets and wake up to your favorite cup of coffee or hot, foamy latte. That is why it is helpful to enjoy nature at your full capacity, which often involves having your favorite amenities duplicated in your cabin home.

Keep Extras of Your Favorite Items

Another thing to keep in mind is that you may want to have extra pairs of your favorite clothes, accessories, utilities or other such items to keep permanently at the cabin. This will ensure that you have everything you want and need, even if you forget to pack your favorite pajamas, there’s no need to fret because they could already be there!

Have Your Favorite Outdoor Gear

Part of immersing yourself in the outdoors is partaking in your favorite outdoor activity. If you are a big hiker, then make sure you have your backpack, sweat wicking socks, water bottles and more stocked up at the cabin so that you can head out to your closest trail whenever you please. If you are more of a fly fisher, then make sure you have your rod, tackle box and wading gear so that your nearest stream doesn’t have to miss you for too long!

Invest in Some Game Cameras

One of the perks of the cabin lifestyle is being further out in nature than most people are which means that you get to see wildlife more easily! If you are a wildlife fiend or just want to get to know the animals in your area, you can invest in some game cameras that you check every now and then. Maybe you will get to see your local deer family, or even a bear!

Cabins are an awesome investment, whether you buy land and build your own or purchase one already built, you will certainly not regret it. There is no better way to become immersed in nature of any kind than to have a cabin as your home base within a forested area!



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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How To Construct an Energy-Efficient Cabin

by Mikkie Mills

Building your own cabin in a pristine location can be challenging yet deeply rewarding. There are infinite possibilities when working from scratch, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Proper planning is the key to satisfaction. Integrating energy-efficient design is an excellent way to save money in the long run and leave less of an impact on the environment where you choose to build. Check out this advice for getting started.

Passive Solar Design

The best way to conserve energy when designing a home is to collaborate with the sun. By striving to allow as much sunlight as possible into the interior of the cabin, you gain heat and light without ever flipping a switch. There are many elements to assess in this regard, including windows, insulation material, and the way your structure fits into the surrounding topography.

Another main facet of passive solar design is the installation of solar panels and solar batteries. Collecting and storing solar energy in your own personal grid of electricity allows you to get even more remote and can eliminate dependency on other energy sources. Most energy-efficient cabin builders try to implement a solar power system on some scale to maximize savings.


It is essential that you become familiar with the land on which you’ll be constructing your cabin. This is because the cabin’s orientation to the sun has a tremendous effect on its ability to stay warm or cool as needed.

Start by finding or creating a local sun path diagram, which shows the trajectory of the sun across the landscape throughout the day. In most places, this varies by season. Be sure to include any existing or potential obstacles like trees or other buildings. Additionally, taking into account the typical sky conditions helps you to make clever design decisions. People building cabins in areas with regular direct sunlight will want to place windows carefully so as to avoid direct glare, while cabins located in more overcast climates can benefit from skylights that capture bright midday light regardless of cloud cover.

Orientation, of course, impacts the placement of your solar panels as well. Choose the part of your roof that gets the most sunlight year-round — usually the south side (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, that is). Try to remove any major obstructions to your panels, such as trees casting shadows, so they can run at optimal capacity.


Quality insulation is the key to temperature regulation throughout the year, especially if you want to save energy during cold winters. The best part about insulation is that it requires no maintenance, as long as you are meticulous about preventing any gaps up front. A continuous layer of foam insulation is a reliable route to take.

Windows are another crucial consideration when it comes to insulating properly. If you don’t invest in high-caliber windows, you may experience temperature fluctuations and air leaks around them. Even if you have to sacrifice the number or size of windows in order to save money, make an effort to purchase models that won’t cause any problems.

Supplemental Features

Perhaps you want to go off-grid completely and don’t intend to rely on any conventional energy sources. In that case, you can look into a wood-burning stove for the interior — profoundly cozy on a quiet snow day — and a large propane tank for kitchen necessities like the refrigerator and stove. Geothermal heating is another exceptional option for supplemental warmth and energy conservation. Depending on your location and your budget, you may find that geothermal offers serious advantages for the overall design of your structure.

In general, the best way to save energy in your awesome new cabin is to reduce consumption. Anything you can do to lower your dependence on heating, cooling, electricity, and gas allows you to live more effortlessly in the beauty of your natural surroundings. Plan ahead, stay diligent, and keep it simple, and you are bound to find great success.


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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Buying a Cabin: What You Need to Know

by Craig Middleton

Traveling can be expensive, and yet a change of scenery once in a while is important to your physical and mental health. After spending hours of research comparing the costs of expensive accommodations, you may start to consider investing in a vacation property of your own.

A family cabin can be a cozy oasis for your family, but when it comes to taking on another mortgage, there is a lot to consider before taking the plunge. With dedicated analysis and thoughtful planning, you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors in your new home away from home in no time.

Assess Your Finances

You likely already have a basic idea of your financial situation, but if you’re trying to plan for a large purchase like a vacation property, take some time to do a deep dive into the ins and outs of your banking account. Many people are surprised at the amount of money they spend on things neither memorable nor important, and there’s probably room in your budget to establish more savings than previously thought.

If getting into a cabin as soon as possible is a priority, consider shifting money around through a home equity loan, an auto loan, or cashing out any investments. Be careful when making any big financial decisions, however, and practice careful discernment when rearranging your budget.

Look at the Costs

Homeownership comes with a lot of extra freedoms and advantages, but it also brings a lot of extra responsibility. Speaking with a lender can help to identify what you can afford, but those conversations don’t take other expenses into account. Regular expenses like gas, electricity, water, property taxes, property maintenance and furniture can add a lot to the total bill.

Furnishing a cabin doesn’t have to break the bank, and shopping secondhand for quality furniture, or even moving some of the extras from the garage, can reduce initial costs. Think about whether you’d like to include internet or cable, too, and plan appropriately for those monthly fees.

Research the Area

If you and your family have fond memories of a specific destination and want to purchase property nearby, consider looking into housing costs in the process. It may be more economical to find a property outside of the area, but travel costs or distance to the nearest town could be more of a headache than it’s worth.

Ultimately, a vacation home should feel like, well, a vacation. If you and your family like the hustle and bustle of a city or want to get away to a cabin tucked away in the woods, make sure you’re prioritizing your lifestyle needs when looking at properties so you don’t get stuck with a place that feels more stressful than relaxing.

Determine Its Use

When financing a vacation home, lenders place a few restrictions depending on how it will be used. If you’re considering settling into your cabin and living there full time, lenders will offer lower down payments and mortgage rates than if you’re looking to rent during your offseason. Properties intended for use as a second home have higher down payment requirements, and still have the tax benefits of a primary residence, but you won’t be able to rent it out.

Setting your cabin up as an investment property is trickier to start out, but the rental fees can help with the cost of upkeep and paying the mortgage, making it more affordable for some down the road. Investment properties also allow you to use the home as well as rent it out, so you can still reap the benefits of owning a vacation home.

Start Making Moves

Buying a vacation home is a big decision with a lot to weigh out. Sometimes in order to make a firm decision on whether or not to invest in a cabin, it’s smart to start talking to a few professionals to get a clearer picture of what it would take to purchase your home away from home. You’ll never know if you can secure your own spot in the woods unless you try, and the sooner you start the process the sooner you can be kicking back by the fire in a cabin of your own.


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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How to Monitor Your Cabin While You Are Away Using Technology

by John Peterson

Cabin camping is without a doubt worth doing, whether you are experienced in camping or new to this kind of memorable outdoor activity. Cabin camping is also a perfect remedy for those eager to live in a semi-permanent shelter and view the wild from an entirely different angle.

You will appreciate moving away from the troubles of putting up tents and being worried about bad weather. Despite the cabin comfort, many campers worry about their cabin safety when they dive deep into the wild and after they return home. There are several ways you can monitor your cabin during and after camping.

Use a home weather station 

A home weather station will help monitor all weather conditions around your cabin home 24/7. The gadget will record the levels of humidity, temperature, pressure, rainfall and the direction of the wind. If the weather conditions are extreme, you can plan to visit the cabin to check if you need to take any action.

The gadget is very useful if you are planning for winter cabin activities soon. You will be able to tell the weather conditions in the regions around the cabin so that you will know what kind of clothes to carry or vehicle to use. If you love skating and want to know if there is enough amount of snow, the home weather station will be very helpful.

Use remote heat and A/C control

As per science and technology college paper experts, energy is a recurrent cost and when you are away from your cabin, you might not be able to control the thermostat. You can install a thermostat that can be programmed and remotely controlled from your smartphone or computer. The thermostat is controlled using software.

You will enjoy the benefit of preheating or cooling your cabin before you travel for your holiday. If you had rented out the cabin, you would also confirm if your tenant remembered to switch off the A/C. You can also adjust the A/C if your tenant sets too high a temperature that can put your cabin at risk of fire.

Use intruder safety technology

Perhaps the major concern of any cabin owner is whether someone might have broken into the cabin or the kind of activities going on around the cabin. You will know if an intruder tries to access your cabin interiors or when there are unwelcome guests in your cabin’s compound.

Your cabin remote security system can sense and alert you via text message or automatic call when someone tries to tamper with the cabin doors, windows, garage or sheds. If someone maliciously disarms your cabin alarm, the motion sensors will be triggered and will alert you of any irregular movements around or inside your cabin.

Use water sensors 

Water is a major contributor to cabin destruction. During the rainy season or storms, water can leak through a tiny gap in your cabin roof or walls and cause great damage. You may also forget to close the taps tightly and drops of water continually drip down into the sink. Eventually, the sink will be full and water will run through the floor, causing extensive damages.

Technology has provided a solution to this challenge. You can install a remote water leak sensing system near sinks, main pipes or areas where water can easily leak through. The sensors detect any increase in humidity or when water leaks into your cabin. You will get a text alert and you can also monitor the sensor using an app.

Install a ring video doorbell

A Ring video doorbell is a video app connected to a motion sensor that can remotely communicate through your smartphone or computer. If someone came to your cabin and pushed the doorbell, the sensor will immediately alert you and you can remotely communicate with the person at your cabin door.

The app helps give the intruder a false feeling that they are being watched or the cabin owner is inside. The ring video doorbell can help keep them away as you seek help.

Install smoke detector system

Electrical installations in your cabin can be faulty and may short circuit with time or even begin sparking. Although it is a rare occurrence, high voltage lightning can strike your cabin, causing a fire.

If you have smoke detectors in your house, they will send you an instant alert if the smallest volume of smoke is detected. You will be able to act quickly and save your cabin from fire destruction.


Cabins provide a great solution to a worry-free holiday throughout the year. Campers feel at peace even with the toughest weather conditions. Although the cabin is like a second home, it is not often used and is mostly occupied during holidays. A lot may happen when the cabin owner is away if they have no means to access information. Technology has made everything simple and cabin owners can install gadgets that pass information remotely.


Author Bio:

John Peterson is a journalist and academic writer working with Write my essay UKAssignment help UK and London magazine “Shop&buy.” He has experience of four years and has written a novel titled “His heart.” In his free time, he loves playing tennis and read books. You can find him on FB.

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