Cabin Designs: Build the Best Cabin for Your Lifestyle

From logs to straw bales to metal, the materials you choose will play a determining role in your cabin’s cost, quality and style. Find out the pros and cons of a number of different cabin construction methods.



Log Cabin
Dream big, build small! Whether it’s a first or second home, at the lake, in the woods, on a mountaintop or at the ocean’s edge, a small-footprint cabin may be the perfect housing option for you.
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Compact Cabins
“Compact Cabins” presents 62 interpretations of the cabin getaway dream, with something to please every taste. Best of all, the small-footprint designs are affordable and energy-efficient without skimping on comfort and style.
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Post And Beam Cabin
With its centuries-old building style, the post-and-beam cabin has a classic character. Traditionally the heavy beams remain exposed in the interior.
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Log Cabin Design
Log cabins evoke a sense of the pioneering spirit. They can be built by hand the old-fashioned way, but kits make the job easier and faster.
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Pole Cabin
Because pole construction is designed to be free span, it gives cabin owners great flexibility in how to use the interior space. Sliding walls and panels work well in pole cabins. They can be opened or closed as needed to open or divide spaces.
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Straw Bale Cabin
Straw bale construction yields well-insulated, natural-looking homes. One of their best attributes is ease of construction — any reasonably handy person can put one up.
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Masonry Cabin
Cabins built of stone, brick or other masonry materials have a strong sense of heft and timelessness. Almost nothing is prettier than a small stone cabin built of the same rock that surrounds it.
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Quonset Home
Depending on materials selection, the curved walls of Quonset-style huts can give a cabin an earthy, sheltered feeling or a modern, high-tech character.
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