Inspiring Photographs of Wilderness Cabins

Viewing these photographs of wilderness cabins provides a cornucopia of inspiring examples from a beautiful new book about some of the country's finest cabins.
By Dale Mulfinger and Susan E. Davis
February/March 2002
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Inspiring photographs from the new book by Dale Mulfinger and Susan E. Davis from Taunton Press.

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Inspiring photographs of wilderness cabins from the new book by Taunton Press.

Back to Nature. Solitude. Escape. Intimacy. Self-sufficiency.
Romance. Refuge. Resourcefulness. Nostalgia. These are the
feelings these photographs of wilderness cabins evoke and they're at the root of my passion for this
elemental building form.

— Dale Mulfinger, architect cabinologist and co-author of  The Cabin

The shell for this cabin was a precut post-and-beam kit that was
constructed by three people during a
three-week vacation. The cabin sits on
the shore of Washington's Whidbey

Featuring an outdoor fireplace, this open-
air sleeping porch provides maximum
contact with the outdoors and views of the
surrounding San Juan Islands.

Recycled mahogany windows and six other species of
wood create the rich paneling in the living room of this whimsical
cabin on tiny Watch Island in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

The cabin sports solar panels, a wind
generator and a composting toilet.

The front porch of this East Coast
log cabin provides a 270-degree
view of the surrounding marsh and

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's last works was this cabin, now open for overnight
stays, in Mirror Lake State Park in Wisconsin.

This little writer's cabin sits lightly in the
woods of upstate New York. The porch
posts are rot-resistant ash cut from
standing dead trees on the property.

This Scandinavian inspired cabin by architect
Edwin Lundie features a fireplace and
foundation made from local granite and
white pine mortise-and-tenon joinery.

This simple owner-built, one-room log cabin sits
high above Lake Superior. Despite its modest size,
the carefully planned room seems much bigger
thanks to the loft and porch.

A ship's ladder
provides access to the sleeping loft over the
main living area. When not in use, the ladder
is stored the loft to free needed space.

Adapted with permission from The Cabin, published by Taunton Press. To order The Cabin, MOTHER's Hideaway Cottage or Owner-Built A-Frame Plans, see pages 119 and 121 in this issue.

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