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Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat Paperback – March 3, 2001
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The Stiles ... show how to build a cabin that reflects the builder's lifestyle. (Library Journal 2001-09-01)
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. (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal 2001-05-26)
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 2001-05-25)
An invaluable resource ... step-by-step instructions starting with basic planning. (Stacie Gentile Calgary Sun 2001-06-16)
The kind of book that stirs the imagination. (Lexington Herald-Leader 2001-06-03)
A primer for anyone with dreams of 'getting away from it all.' (Ted Hainworth Saskatoon Star Phoenix 2001-07-21)
Clear, practical book ... full-color photos help do-it-yourselfers realize their dreams. (Log Homes Illustrated 2001-11-01)
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 2001-10-01)
You can do it!... For tips read Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat. (Rebecca Sawyer-Fay Cottage Living 2005-04-01)
Top Customer Reviews
The Stiles are, apparently, a prolific couple on this and similar topics, and they certainly deserve credit for effective packaging and marketing. David Stiles has filled the book's pages with material--some good, some irrelevant, and some good for entertainment--but he certainly has filled it nonetheless. The layout and tone of this book is vaguely reminiscent of a copy of an early 1970s Mother Earth News. The reader's challenge is to extract the kernals of insight from the volumes of chaff. What the book lacks in detailed engineering and construction discussion and techniques it makes up for in peripheral and, in some cases, funny advice. Consider the detailed description of the electronic vehicle-arrival and gate-unlocking monitors--this in a book purported to find ways to get one in touch with mother nature and perhaps forego electricity entirely. Or the sketch plan for the garden-hose remedy against racoons infiltrating your metal trashcan. The advice is intriguing enough, but one suspects that a bit more discussion on well-installation or obtaining running water might be in order before turning to a technological solution involving the use of pressurized water for a racoon problem. Given the Stiles' ties to Manhattan, maybe the accepted security measures of their current environment don't seem quite as ridiculous or irrelevant as they probably do to anyone who actually lives in a rural area. Or consider their admonition against Coleman lanterns being "Scary and hard to light.Read more ›
This book lives up to its title: it really is for someone who is serious about building, with more diagrams than "arty" pictures of the wilderness. However, there is a nice section of color pictures in the middle of the book to give a taste of what sort of results you can expect from your efforts.
Other reviewers have argued that much is left out--correct, given that the book only runs 240 pages. I think that those reviewers misunderstand the intent of the book: to give the reader ideas, not to hand-hold them through every single step of the process. For example, many of the building plans that are provided are lacking in some key details. So what? I intend to have an architect draw up my plans anyway.
At minimum, I know a heck of a lot more after reading the book than I did beforehand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone interested in this topic should take a look and learn from this book.Published 11 days ago by Ron
Nice book. Lots of ideas for cabins and country side homes Like it. :)Published 4 months ago by Jaimesix
I really like this book . It covers everything.It explains things that you understand them. If your a DIY . This is the book for you.Published 5 months ago by Dottie
Very enjoyable light reading about building a small cabin. The authors are full of great advice and wisdom. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Danny
If you're building a cabin or tiny home this is a good place to start. I already knew some information on how to go about building, but this helped clear up some grey areas.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book gives a history of cabin making also tips to build unique and rustic small cabins.
I thought it would be more like a home planning tool, but more of an art to... Read more
Well written book that shows so many options for building cabins. Everything from site preparation and drainage to rustic furniture building from raw wood. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Yvonne S Huff