The Cabin Designs Newsletter is chock full of ideas for planning, building, remodeling and furnishing a getaway cabin or cottage. Designs ranging from simple to spectacular encompass nearly every taste, budget and style. A richly diverse array of materials lends visual and textural appeal.
Fairy Tale Log Cabin in Port Orchard, Washington
Photo Credit: Roger Wade Studio
A distinctive look is achieved by the vertical alignment of logs in the design below. Anchored by a large stone chimney, the Star Light, Wisconsin cabin is clad with a seamless metal roof. Red painted door and window trim lend additional contrast.
Log Cabin Design by Wade Weissmann Architecture
An inside look reveals how to instill a warm and cozy atmosphere. In this example, a fieldstone fireplace rises to a ceiling with exposed log beams. A wood mantel shelf resting on log corbels spans the stone arched firebox opening.
Wade Weissmann Architecture
A charming cabin design with wraparound porch features reclaimed barn wood siding. An outdoor fireplace with soaring stone chimney anchors the left front corner beneath a metal porch roof supported by wood timbers resting on stone pedestals.
Image Source: Trestlewood Quality Reclaimed Wood Products
The Cabin Designs Newsletter features small cabin plans such as the fine example by William E. Poole pictured below. Ideal as a fishing retreat, "Blue Ridge Hideout" is a 1-1/2 story, 1,172 square foot delight with a covered front porch and a cupola-crowned gable roof.
Perspective View: "Blue Ridge Hideout"
The main level features an open kitchen, living and dining area, as well as a master bedroom and full bath.
Level 1: "Blue Ridge Hideout"
Upstairs, a sleeping loft overlooks the living area below, flooded with natural light from the cupola.
Level 2: "Blue Ridge Hideout"
The Cabin Designs Newsletter includes an emphasis on complementary furnishings and fixtures for your cabin or cottage, including product specifications, pricing, and where to buy. Pictured below is a rustic log dining set made of hickory with bark on legs and chair backs.
In addition to cabins, the Newsletter includes a wide range of cottages such as the lovely clapboard design below. It features a front facing cross gable rising from a small shed roof which, in turn, projects from the main gable.
Turned spindles descend like snowflakes from an arched entryway to built-in benches flanking the front door. A charming picket fence complements the white painted trim.
Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn (via Southern Living)
Built in 1883 as a gatehouse lodge to an estate in Devon, England, "Eastern Lodge" (left below) is a whimsical stone cottage with 1,815 square feet of living area on two levels. It features a wide 1-1/2 story tower pierced by a dormer and a "crooked" chimney.
Below, right, a mountain hideaway in North Carolina appears to have sprung from the pages of a children's storybook. Clad with bark and stone, the 850 square foot "Hobbit House" functions as a vacation rental with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.
Image via theweek.co.uk Image Source: Carolina Mornings
And last, but far from least, the Newsletter covers farmhouses, treehouses and more. A farm house cottage (below) in south-eastern Australia oozes charm in spades. The ivy-draped porch features a picket fence balustrade.
At right, a farmhouse kitchen island from Home Styles' Americana Collection performs double duty as extra storage and work top space. More about kitchen island
Image Source: The Wall Street Journal
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