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As noted on many occasions within Country's Best Cabins, cabins aren't defined by metrics but rather a feeling. Each person has a unique cabin experience, resulting in his or her unique approach to creating a dream retreat.

The variety of rustic materials on the market helps cabin owners personalize their particular structure, whether they prefer a lodge-like look comprising a mix of wood and stone or the more cottage-styled appearance of shingles. This desire for increased design flexibility — both inside and out — is one of several trends noted by industry professionals of late. We highlight more observations in "Today's Cabin" in our April 2013 issue.

One couple whose cabin epitomizes this personalization trend is John and Betsy Anderson. From wall beds to hidden bookshelves to faux drawers-turned-stepstools, the Andersons made sure every inch of their cabin was as efficiently designed as possible.  “We took advantage of every square inch we could,” says John. We show you the details of their cabin in our online gallery.

Owners also see their cabins as places to eventually retire, which requires some forethought into aging-in-place design elements and amenities. We help you figure out what you might need — whether it's installing grip bars in your bathroom or creating a no-step entry — to age gracefully in your cabin.

Also included are suggestions for updating your cabin for spring, including crafty upcycling suggestions. Looking for a bigger project? Check out our step-by-step instructional to creating a farmhouse bench from DIY maven Ana White.

Our April 2013 issue hits newsstands this week. Check your local bookstore or Wal-Mart, or purchase a copy digitally through Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

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