The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway


An illustrated look at the surprisingly versatile cabin, with outstanding examples from around the country

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$18.50 price
(Save 25%)$24.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (24) from $4.77   
  • New (14) from $8.66   
  • Used (10) from $4.77   
Sending request ...


An illustrated look at the surprisingly versatile cabin, with outstanding examples from around the country

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
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.
From the Publisher
"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."
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561586448
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 263,566
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Mulfinger is a principle of SALA Architects Inc., of Minneapolis, Stillwater, and Excelsior, Minnesota. He is an adjunct architecture professor at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches a class on cabin design. Mulfinger has designed homes and cabins throughout North and South America and is the author of "The Cabin" (The Taunton Press, 2001).

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Handsome dream book

    Actually, I love this book, but I give it three stars because it does not go far enough. It's a nice dream book with wonderful photography of cabins around the country. My favorite book on this subject, however, is called SECOND HOME, and it also has wonderful photography of getaways from coast to coast, but it blends those house tours with information I can use to plan my own retreat (which I am doing!).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003


    Mulfinger is a genius and with Davis his visions come alive!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    Great photography

    The book has a large number of high quality photos of just about every type of cabin in all parts of the country. From log cabins to modern cabins - there in here! Lots of inspirational ideas and basic floor plans.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)