Cover image for The Cabin Inspiration For The Classic American Getaway.
The Cabin Inspiration For The Classic American Getaway.
Publication Information:
Taunton Press Inc 2003/04
General Note:
[Trade Paperback]
"Hark back to the basics and discover 37 unique cabins across the country.... All are so inviting, you'll want to grab the marshmallows and head to the woods."

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"The Cabin is our heart's retreat" write the authors, and what a wonderful place to escape to.

Building on the theory that less is more, The Cabin takes this idyllic retreat from mind's eye to reality--with striking photographs and ample charm.

In this one-of-a-kind book, you'll discover an amazing array of design styles and materials -- from sticks and stones to sheet metal and glass. You'll find 37 inspirational cabins from all over the country showing how people are building, reclaiming and transforming this unique American dwelling. The Cabin celebrates the appeal of this unique form or retreat, providing inspiration and practical ideas for realizing your own cabin dream.

Based on design, shape, age and material, the cabins are divided into four distinct styles: rustic, traditional, modern and transformed. Whatever the style, each is a classic American getaway. The Cabin features:

37 inspirational cabins from around all over the country. Nearly 250 photographs and 50 illustrations Detailed descriptions, site plans, and floor plans

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Library Journal Review

These two books are fine additions to the literature of architecture and building from Taunton Press, best known for the magazines Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. In an introduction and six chapters, Obolensky, who collaborated with Sarah Susanka on The Not So Large House, presents 52 garages, from basic to elaborate. Various styles and purposes are illustrated, including workshops, hobby shops, living spaces, and parking spaces. The extraordinary photography that accompanies the precise text brings the glory of the "Garage Mahal" to life. The result is whimsical in tone yet serious in design and execution detail. Architect Mulfinger and writer/editor Davis accomplish much the same for the cabin. In four chapters "Rustic," "Transformed," "Traditional," and "Modern" they present 36 cabins from across the United States. In addition to exterior and interior photographs, colored renderings of site plans are included where needed. The authors also emphasize the importance of mood and environment. While this book is a bit more serious than Garage, the joy in the discovery of great design operates strongly here as well. These extraordinarily well-produced books are enthusiastically recommended, particularly in communities strong in second-home construction. Alex Hartmann, Williamsport, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 2
For the Love of Cabinsp. 4
The Rustic Cabinp. 22
Start with a Life-Size Model Minnesotap. 24
The Community Cabin Minnesotap. 30
A Family Tradition Wisconsinp. 36
A Cabin of a Different Stripe Missourip. 42
Steps up a Hillside Wisconsinp. 48
Big at Heart Minnesotap. 54
Maintaining Integrity New Yorkp. 60
Rustic Oasis Missourip. 66
A Chain of Perfect Cabins Minnesotap. 72
The Transformed Cabinp. 78
Tobacco Barn to Log Cabin Virginiap. 80
A Clever Conversion Massachusettsp. 86
Reviving a Ghost Town Montanap. 92
An Odd Couple New Yorkp. 98
Rescuing a Heritage North Carolinap. 104
The Traditional Cabinp. 110
Ties to the Land Washingtonp. 112
Log Cabin with a View Montanap. 118
More than the Sum of Its Parts Washingtonp. 124
Do-It-Yourself from a Kit Washingtonp. 130
Cabin out Back New Yorkp. 136
Paradise on a Budget Washingtonp. 142
Wilderness Wonderland Montanap. 148
The Better to See the Water Washingtonp. 154
Like Living on a Yacht New Yorkp. 160
All You Really Need Wisconsinp. 166
Planning a Community Oregonp. 172
A Better Place to Enjoy Nature Atlantic Coastp. 178
An Interim Strategy Mainep. 184
The Modern Cabinp. 190
Rocky Mountain Retreat Coloradop. 192
Fresh Take on the Log Cabin Montanap. 198
Just for the Fun of It Wisconsinp. 204
Academic Freedom Minnesotap. 208
Contemporary Dogtrot Louisianap. 214
A Cabin as Ship Nova Scotiap. 220
In Nature and of Nature Wisconsinp. 226
The Call of Loons and Ospreys Minnesotap. 232
Floating on a Wisconsin Prairie Wisconsinp. 238
A Salute to Frank Lloyd Wright Montanap. 244
Creditsp. 250