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What Makes a Cabin a Cabin: The Definitive Guide

Traditionally, a cabin is a small house – situated on a lake, in the woods, or in a mountain setting – built from logs or lumber and simple tools. While the first cabins were not stylish or sophisticated, the 21st century cabin home can be designed and built with all the architectural flourishes.


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From the gorgeous landscapes, picturesque mountains, and rustic villages of the French countryside emerged what is defined as the French Country style. A mix of Old World charm, the rustic and fancy, this architectural design is a balanced combination of the simple, comfortable, and graceful. In this article, we learn more about the origins and elements of French Country style.

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Great bathroom design is less about how it looks (which is also important) and more about how it works. A new bathroom doesn't come cheap, so you want to do it right. Here are 10 common design mistakes professional designers see in a bathroom designed by someone without experience.

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Construction home loans are essentially mortgages for people who are building their own home (or doing major renovations!) instead of purchasing an existing home. Because of this, they have a bit of a different structure and requirements than a typical mortgage. Let us fill you in.

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Just like architectural styles, there are unique and out-of-the-ordinary home foundations that may be more intriguing than basements, crawl spaces, and monolithic concrete slabs. It may be time to consider elevated foundations that are common in coastal and beachfront homes. Think piles, piers, and screw pile foundations that can be as versatile as the customary types.

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Lumber, steel, and … shipping containers? A home’s frame is essentially its skeleton. When building a house, constructing the framing is the first step to bringing your blueprints to life. We’ve covered the common costs involved, the predicted timeline, and the materials needed so you can make the best of your build.

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While ranches, Spanish-Mission homes, and mansions are associated with Texas, a different style has permeated the Lone Star State. Known as Texas Modern, it is architecture embedded in the history, climate, topography, traditions, economy, and culture of Texas. Let’s focus on Texas Modern’s attributes and why it’s adapted to the state’s terrain and climate.

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It’s all in the pitch – roof pitch, that is. One of the most visible aspects of a roof and a home, roof pitch matters in terms of the safety and aesthetic appeal of a home. We explore this feature, its importance, the varying degrees of pitch possible, and how it affects the roofing system.

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Following the Tiny House trend that got so much attention in recent years comes a new alternative in housing: the barndominium. This latest design option blends the look of a barn and its open spaces with the modern aesthetic of a condominium. Check out its features, benefits, and drawbacks – and why it’s popular.

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Finding the perfect plan for your dream home doesn’t have to be difficult! Because The Plan Collection has thousands of options to choose from, some might find searching our site a bit tricky, so we’ve created this step-by-step guide to make things even easier for you.

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Imagine all the "must-haves" you ever envisioned for your dream home – without settling for the next best thing on the market. Building a custom home is a considerable investment that presents many challenges, but think of the finished product and the satisfaction of having done it. Are you ready for the big step?

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