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The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway
     

The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway

by Dale Mulfinger, Susan E. Davis
 

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Proving that less is more, The Cabin takes this idyllic retreat from mind's eye to reality — with striking photographs and considerable charm. Simple, even primitive at times, the cabin is not just a roof over our heads, but a treasury of feelings, sensations, and memories. Readers who have no cabin memories very likely have cabin dreams. The Cabin looks at an

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Proving that less is more, The Cabin takes this idyllic retreat from mind's eye to reality — with striking photographs and considerable charm. Simple, even primitive at times, the cabin is not just a roof over our heads, but a treasury of feelings, sensations, and memories. Readers who have no cabin memories very likely have cabin dreams. The Cabin looks at an amazing array of design styles and materials — from sticks and stones to sheet metal and glass. The book invites readers to think of every cabin as unique, and less a shelter than a way of life. "The cabin is our heart's retreat," write the authors; and what a wonderful place to escape to! 37 inspirational cabins from all over the country are featured with nearly 250 photographs and 50 illustrations, detailed descriptions, site plans, and floor plans.

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"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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A place of sanctuary, away from the world; a place of simple living and communion with nature; a place of peace and quiet…the cabin. This is a lavish photographic exploration of cabins of various styles and settings, all with several things in common: the natural beauty of their surroundings; simplicity of design; compact, multipurpose quarters; and a feeling of "physical and emotional warmth." The term "cabin fever" will take on a whole new meaning for readers of this fabulous, fantasy-inducing book.
Library Journal
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 Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561586448
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
275,352
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.65(d)

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Meet the Author

Minnesota architect and renowned "cabinologist" Dale Mulfinger has designed cabins all over North America. Principal emeritus of SALA Architects, he teaches a class on cabin design at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. Dale is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the author of five books, including the best-selling The Cabin and Back to the Cabin, both published by The Taunton Press.

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