by Dale Mulfinger
AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF ARCHITECTS ARE PROVIDING DESIGNS FOR NEW AND REMODELED CABINS ON BEHALF OF CABIN OWNERS. WHETHER RUSTIC, COTTAGE STYLE, OR MODERN DESIGNS, CABINS OF DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER ARE NOW GRACING LAKESHORES, RIVERBANKS, AND MOUNTAINSIDES. WHAT ARE ARCHITECTS OFFERING THESE RETREAT OWNERS THAT HAS BROUGHT THEIR SERVICES INTO FAVOR?
Cabin owners have great freedom as to with whom and how their cabin design is realized. Laws in most states do not mandate designs by an architect, engineer, or draftsman. Your lumberyard and contractor will prefer a detailed drawing and your building permit process may mandate the same, but you are free to draw this yourself or to buy detailed drawings from a magazine.
What architects have to offer is added value and an enhancement of the cabin experience through design. By way of their unique training they synthesize the many forces, factors, and functions common to cabin projects in the creation of a tailored solution to each situation.
EACH SITE IS UNIQUE WITH PARTICULAR TOPOGRAPHY, VIEWS, VEGETATION, AND ACCESS. CLIENT BUDGETS VARY SIGNIFICANTLY AND A DESIGN SOLUTION MERGES THESE TWO NOTABLE VARIABLES.
ARCHITECTS HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF NEW, INNOVATIVE AND CONVENTIONAL BUILDING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES. THEY SEEK A BLEND OF THE TRIED AND TRUE WITH SOME EXPERIMENTATION.
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