Cabins – David & Jeanie Stiles

I have a growing library of tiny house and cabin books and one of my favorite is David and Jeanie Stile’s “Cabins.” This book is jam packed with useful information and if your dreaming of building that tiny house or retreat this is one to add to your library. Below is a synopsis of the book:

Publisher Comments:
A complete guide to building a wilderness retreat, from buying land and getting services, through developing plans and construction methods. All aspects of construction are clearly illustrated and various designs are explored.

Cabins David & Jeanie Stiles

Authors David and Jeannie Stiles give readers all the information they need to build their own cabins — whether it be as a wilderness retreat or a backyard studio. The authors describe each step in the process from buying land to obtaining services, from finding qualified construction help to deciding on and developing plans for a structure that suits their lifestyle and budget. Cabins is packed with detailed illustrations, plans and common-sense advice.

Chapters include classic construction methods: how to build a log cabin, pole-built and stick-built cabin, post-and-beam, stone, cordwood and kit cabins. Construction methods are clearly illustrated in photographs and drawings and the advantages of each are explained in detail. Foundations, windows, doors, insulation, roofing, installing utilities, water and sanitary systems and heating are all discussed.

Many designs are presented as inspiration and to help readers select the cabin that is perfect for them: homesteader log cabin, writing cabin, guest cabin, Japanese moon-gazing cabin, lakeside retreat, pyramid and A-frame, and hillside Mediterranean cabin. The authors include personal reminiscences from successful builders and cabin owners, and discuss furnishings and accessories that can help readers get the most enjoyment out of their newly built wilderness retreat.

Provides instructions for designing and building cabins in a variety of styles, discussing how to choose the right site, build a foundation, and install water, heating, and electricity.

I highly recommend that you buy this book and Amazon has “Cabins” if you are interested. Below is an example of the illustrations in the book.

Construction Details

Construction Details



Floor Plan

Floor Plan

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chaburchak - February 4, 2009 Reply

The Stiles books always have great art and diagrams. My favorites are RUSTIC RETREATS and SHEDS and WORKSHOPS YOU CAN BUILD. Not to mention about a zillion books on treehouses…

Patty - February 5, 2009 Reply

Great book. I have had this one in my little house library for years. Lot’s of excellent ideas, plans and a lot of stuff i never thought of for the small cabin enthusiast. Highly recommended.

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cordwood home - March 4, 2010 Reply

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Davidrc - March 20, 2010 Reply

A very good book, I’ve had it for several years.

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