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If there’s anything the past few years have taught us, it’s that reality can be a tough pill to swallow sometimes. We’ve all dreamed of creating these perfectly designed cabins, but the truth is that those visions may not equate to what we can actually afford in this day and age.


Through strategic compromises, smart planning and a fair degree of flexibility, though, we can hopefully persevere. The key is to be prepared for potential issues that may arise — from excavation concerns to allowance management — and to have a better understanding of what a project should cost (or what you may need to compromise on to make it happen). In our October 2013 issue of Country's Best Cabins, we provide planning tips to help you create a realistic budget and prevent unwanted surprises in “Money Matters.”


Sometimes you can catch a break, too. John Anderson was just about to give up on his dream of refurbishing an old service cabin he had purchased in Montana when his luck changed: A job change would allow him to live at the cabin permanently and provide the time to finally fix it up, with the help of area vendors.


“Every time I walk into the cabin, I say, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful. Is that really mine?’” he states.


We detail the story of this cabin “dream come true” in “A Dream Restored.” Additional inspiration can be found in the restoration efforts of Joe Rodriguez and a newly designed hunting cabin for John Mathieu.


You can find more tips to help you get into your cabin as cost-effectively as possible, from non-traditional cabin concepts to recommended prioritization for decor purchases. And be sure to check out countrysbestcabins.com/contests for a chance to win free products. (What can be more affordable that that?)


Digital editions are available at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

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Comment by marty glass on May 22, 2014 at 10:46pm

wow  great for John  as we should  never  lose our path..

Comment by Whitney Richardson on September 4, 2013 at 9:52pm

Sure thing, Mike!

Comment by Mike Goes on September 1, 2013 at 8:34am

Just the article I need to read. My wife and I just got back from visiting two Log Home manufactures, one in Ohio and one in West Virginia. Theirs more to come but assembling these thoughts and applying it to a budget will be interesting. I'm willing to bet several of your ideals will be utilized to make it all happen.

Thank You Whitney for a well timed article!

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