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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (May 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423600991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600992
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #674,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For many of us, the cabin is the embodiment of retreat, relaxation and reconnection to nature. The cabins of the past were simple, honest structures raised with the primary purpose of providing shelter from the elements. Over the years the cabin has evolved both in its style and materiality, and today advances in its design and construction to reveal shifting ideals and attitudes about getting away from it all.
The contemporary cabin strikes a careful balance between surroundings and form. It speaks to a sophisticated design aesthetic-even if it has a rustic facade. It incorporates up-to-date materials and state-of-the-art techniques, including prefabrication. It is built to last and in some instances places being friendly to the environment at the top of its priorities list. For despite its dramatic shift from the log cabin of yesteryear, the modern cabin at its core hasn't changed: it is still that quiet place where reflection and recreation thankfully edge out the duties of everyday life.
In Modern Cabin, author Michelle Kodis presents twenty-two cabins in a variety of locales across North America. The settings are equally varied: rural, suburban and urban to illustrate that creating the perfect retreat is possible anywhere. The cabins range from a tiny outbuilding rescued from the ravages of time to a high-tech dwelling equipped with smart-house technology. Organized into three sections for easy reading-Updated Rustic Charm, Beyond the Traditional Cabin and Into the Future-Modern Cabin is the ultimate guide to bringing your own personal haven to life.
Michelle Kodis has a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University and is the author of the Gibbs Smith, Publisher books Blueprint Small: Creative Ways to Live With Less, Blueprint Affordable: How to Build a Beautiful House Without Breaking the Bank, Blueprint Remodel: Tract Home Transformations That Turn Everyday to Extraordinary, Ultimate Backyard: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living, and Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens: Inspirational Designs and Plans. She lives in the mountains of Colorado, where she is currently at work on more home design books.

About the Author

Michelle Kodis is the author of Blueprint Small: Creative Ways to Live With Less, Blueprint Affordable: How to Build a Beautiful House Without Breaking the Bank, Blueprint Remodel: Tract Home Transformations That Turn Everyday to Extraordinary, Ultimate Backyard: Inspired Ideas for Outdoor Living, and Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens: Inspired Designs and Plans. She lives in the mountains of Colorado.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e039360) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dee0b4c) out of 5 stars Where are the modern cabins? Nov. 29 2009
By millymolly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The other reviews aren't wrong when they say this book is filled with lovely photos and helpful floorplans. However, as a contemporary architecture buff, I bought this book based on its title and the deceiving photograph on the front cover. To be honest, the front cover is almost an exercise in false advertising as one finds it fairly difficult to find too many 'modern' designs in this book itself. The designs are nice enough, but they could not be classed as exciting or terribly modern and mostly rather conventional. It takes a lot for me to dislike a book on architecture and design, usually I find at least something within the pages to study, pour over and get excited about. However this book bored me from cover to cover and I would have been better investing my money elsewhere. I was very disappointed when it finally arrived and found that it had nothing of interest to offer me. I will definitely steer clear of this writer in the future as she has a relatively suburban take on modern design. This book has been allocated a spot in the deepest, darkest corner of my architecture library and I can't promise that it will see the light of day ever again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0169d8) out of 5 stars Modern Cabins Dec 17 2007
By Jack C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This pictorial review is very well done. The pictures are clear. In combination with architectural floor plan drawings and explanatory text they give one an excellent understanding of the space, circulation, features and finishes. Included is an extensive variety of contemporary styles from the small to grand, retreats to dwellings, eco friendly to luxurious, thought provoking to simply variations on a theme. If the reader is keen on more than just an out building this is a good read, a coffee table must to stimulate conversation or simply a way to spend vicarious time in another place.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f84900) out of 5 stars An awesome publication! July 25 2007
By Lynn Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Each of the 23 "modern cabins" included in this book is unique, beautifully designed and crafted for the specific site upon which it is built.
The photography is spectacular and turning pages elicited many "ohs" and "ahs"!
Kudos to Ms. Kodis!
HASH(0xa2f87fc0) out of 5 stars quite varied projects March 26 2013
By I. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Purchased for an architecture firm's library. Will be a moderately useful reference, I expect. The houses featured vary enormously in materials and style, from rustic log homes to metal-sided buildings with extreme cantilevers. A few are quite large, and perhaps stretch the notion of "cabin." The only theme these houses have in common is that they're in rural locations. The book is fine as a source for photos of different materials and types of interior space. Faint, but labeled floor plans are included, which is a plus.
HASH(0x9fce9e88) out of 5 stars Modern Cabin Feb. 2 2014
By Kay Houy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was one of the better cabin books. We are looking to build a new home and this was concisely put together and has great descriptions of each home. Really loved the book!