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Authors David and Jeannie Stiles give readers all the information they need to build their own cabins -- whether it be as a wilderness retreat or a backyard studio. The authors describe each step in the process from buying land to obtaining services, from finding qualified construction help to deciding on and developing plans for a structure that suits their lifestyle and budget. Cabins is packed with detailed illustrations, plans and common-sense advice.

Chapters include classic construction methods: how to build a log cabin, pole-built and stick-built cabin, post-and-beam, stone, cordwood and kit cabins. Construction methods are clearly illustrated in photographs and drawings and the advantages of each are explained in detail. Foundations, windows, doors, insulation, roofing, installing utilities, water and sanitary systems and heating are all discussed.

Many designs are presented as inspiration and to help readers select the cabin that is perfect for them: homesteader log cabin, writing cabin, guest cabin, Japanese moon-gazing cabin, lakeside retreat, pyramid and A-frame, and hillside Mediterranean cabin. The authors include personal reminiscences from successful builders and cabin owners, and discuss furnishings and accessories that can help readers get the most enjoyment out of their newly built wilderness retreat.

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About the Author

David Stiles is a designer/builder who, together with his wife, Jeanie Stiles, has written articles for publications such as Better Homes and Gardens and the New York Times and authored 15 books, including Sheds and The Treehouse Book (which won the ALA Notable Children's Book Award). The Stiles divide their time between New York City and East Hampton, New York.


The kind of book that stirs the imagination. The Stiles ... show how to build a cabin that reflects the builder's lifestyle. Clear, practical book ... full-color photos help do-it-yourselfers realize their dreams. �The book will� lead the clumsiest carpenter through the necessary steps to build a cozy getaway. -- Annie Stoltie "Adirondack Life" (10/15/2002) With this study ... anyone's yearning for the last great place can be satiated.--Patrick A. Smith"ForeWord" (10/01/2001) If you've ever thought of building a little retreat somewhere ... you will probably enjoy this book ... Cabins is geared to the modern homebuilder -- homes have to meet modern building codes, after all -- and examines a variety of building techniques. You'll find not only the practical issues ... but also the inspiration to help select the cabin that is perfect.--Kandis Carper"Spokane Spokesman-Review" (05/25/2001) An invaluable resource ... step-by-step instructions starting with basic planning.--Stacie Gentile"Calgary Sun" (06/16/2001) A primer for anyone with dreams of 'getting away from it all.'--Ted Hainworth"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (07/21/2001) With this study of the what, when, where, and how of cabin building, anyone's yearning for the last great place can be satiated.--Patrick A. Smith"ForeWord" (10/01/2001) [The book will] lead the clumsiest carpenter through the necessary steps to build a cozy getaway.--Annie Stoltie"Adirondack Life" (10/15/2002) You can do it!... For tips read Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat.--Rebecca Sawyer-Fay"Cottage Living" (04/01/2005)

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