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Table of Contents
                            Contents
Introduction
History Lessons
For Everyone a View
Nature’s Bounty
Nestled Together
Fun and Functional
Prospects for the Future
CREDITS
                        
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The Family Cabin
Inspiration for Camps, Cottages, and Cabins

DALE MULFINGER author of The Cabin and Back to the Cabin

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DALE MULFINGER has been building and
writing about cabins for more than 20 years
and is widely acknowledged as the foremost
expert on cabins in North America.

In this new collection of 37 cabins and
fascinating cabin stories, Mulfinger rekindles
his love for this enduring American icon and
provides inspiration for anyone dreaming of a
peaceful retreat for their own family. Cabins
have held a unique place in the lives and lore of
many American families since the beginning of
the 20th century, and cabin creation continues
today with new forms and materials that give
shelter at nature’s doorstep.

Some of the cabins featured are brand-new,
others have been passed down through the
generations, but all are places where families
come together to relax, to fish, to swim, to sit
around the campfire, and best of all to make
cabin memories.

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130 NATURE'S BOUNTY

Dining
Living

Kitchen

Storage

Bedroom

Mudroom
Entry porch

MAIN LEVEL

to appreciate the value of the sheltering canopy of pines and
oaks that covered the island.

In early meetings with Will and his associate, Melissa
Andrews, the couple expressed concern for saving trees and
building a cabin that would blend in with the surroundings.
They would be removing a modest existing cabin on the island
and utilizing its clearing 60 ft. from the water for the site of
their new structure. Its location on the southern point of the
three-acre island would allow them to capture sweeping
panoramic views.

Will and Melissa’s design idea for the cabin was to break the
structure down into three separate parts (or “pods”), with con-
nected porch links so they could more easily weave the build-
ing through the trees. Zoning rules required them to keep the
cabin to a maximum footprint of 1,500 sq. ft. and a height
limit of 20 ft. They explored alternative roof schemes, compar-
ing vernacular gables versus more contemporary sheds and flat
roofs on the porches (see the sidebar on the facing page).

ABOVE LEFT A ship’s ladder
provides access to the sleeping
loft that overlooks the kitchen/
eating area. North light filters into
the high space.

RIGHT French doors from the
dining porch open to the living
room and begin the linkage to
the entry and bedrooms beyond.

Open to
below

LOFT LEVEL
Screened
porch

N



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A MAINE ISLAND CAMP 131

Design Options

Architects typically begin the design

process after a thorough site analysis

and upon gleaning the owners’

goals, aspirations, and budget. Many

architects then present alternative

solutions to the owners as a way to

further understand how their clients

make decisions and how they respond

to aesthetics.

Will Winkelman and his associate,

Melissa Andrews, developed two

schemes for their island clients, with

similar plans but with different roof

forms. Melissa’s sketches highlighted

the difference between an assembly of

gable forms versus a series of sheds.

The owners immediately opted for
the shed-roof scheme, preferring its

outward thrust to the understory of

the pine trees and the way it would

filter light deep into each space.

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dale mulfinger author of The Cabin | photographs by c h er y l ko r a li k

DALE MULFINGER is
a Minnesota architect
and renowned
“cabinologist” who
has designed more
than 100 cabins all
over North America.
Principal emeritus of
SALA Architects and a
fellow of the American
Institute of Architects,
Dale is the author of fi ve books, including the
best-selling The Cabin, Back to the Cabin, and
Cabinology: A Handbook to Your Private Hideaway,
all published by The Taunton Press.

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“ Architect and ‘cabinologist’ Dale Mulfinger possesses an intuitive sense about the deep
affection we hold for our cabins. Whether old or new, cottage or camp, these homes away
from home are intimate refuges where the family circle expands to include the woods,
the lake, the seashore.” —Chris Lee, editor of Midwest Home magazine

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