The Family Cabin: Inspiration for Camps, Cottages, and Cabins

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, cabin retreats have held a unique place in the lives and lore of many American families. In The Family Cabin, author and "cabinologist" Dale Mulfinger explores the role that cabins have had and continue to have in family bonding and as a repository for family history, nostalgia, and cherished memories.

  • This collection brings together 37 new and old cabins from across North America as inspiration for anyone who desires a peaceful retreat of their own.
  • 300 lush, full-color photographs and 78 illustrations throughout the book capture the aesthetics of place and design that have allowed cabins to become an enduring symbol of rugged American individualism and self-reliance.

Whether nestled in the mountains, tucked deep in the woods, or built along the water's edge, the ideals of the cabin extend just as well into the 21st century as they did in the past.

"Dale Mulfinger is the friend you invite to your cabin before it's built. He shares your passion for simple and functional space. He understands your need to have a cabin and he knows your family before you ever meet. Dale assures us that spending time at a cabin is a good thing to do."--David Greer, Owner "Lake Home & Cabin Shows "

"The cabins (and now camps and cottages) Mulfinger documents are the stuff dreams are made of, evoking memories of wonderful summer vacations in cabins near a lake, in the woods or in a mountain landscape. Mulfinger's new book might well have been entitled Dreaming of Your Family Cabin."--Jeff Shannon, Professor of Architecture "Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design 

"Cabinologist Dale Mulfinger writes 'cabins are sometimes a dream waiting to be dreamt.' The Family Cabin allows us to share this dream as we consider page after wonderful page of cabins in all shapes and sizes."--Darla Worden, Editor-in-Chief "Mountain Living "

"The Family Cabin embraces the charming comforts of structures that hold centuries of stories and the modern marvels of architectural innovation, introducing you to the visionaries that make a homeowners dream a reality."--Christina Monson, Editor-in-Chief "Lake Time Magazine "

"In our time of outsized houses and budgets to match, Dale Mulfinger's book The Family Cabin brings us all back down to earth. Mulfinger's books and teachings on cabins keep us real and are the perfect antidote to a house culture gone somewhat mad."--Jeremiah Eck, Architect, Painter, and Author "FAIA "


Table of Contents:


1. History Lessons

2. For Everyone a View

3. Nature's Bounty

4. Nestled Together

5. Fun and Functional

6. Prospects for the Future

Minnesota architect and renowned "cabinologist" Dale Mulfinger has designed cabins all over North America. Principal emeritus of SALA Architects, Dale is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the author of five books, including the best-selling The Cabin and Back to the Cabin, both published by The Taunton Press.

Tauntos Press

Pub Date: September 12, 2017

0.9" H x 10.1" L x 9.8" W

272 pages