SHELF: BOOK PROFILES SIMPLE CABINS
a prescription for your cabin fever: architect Dale Mulfinger’s
new book, "Back to the Cabin."
who has designed cabins across North America, takes readers on
a tour of 37 getaways, both old and new. Among them is the
cabin in northern Minnesota that he and his wife share with
are not grand vacation homes, but rather simple getaways that
fit Mulfinger’s rule that a cabin be modest, include shared
social spaces and have an open, relaxed atmosphere. They’re
places where the occupants can recreate, dream, create,
commune or just exist without the pressures of everyday life.
a cabin made from an old barn, a cabin with an observation
tower, a factory-built modular cabin and a cabin made from
shipping containers. There are cabins on lakes, in the
mountains and even one in a suburban backyard.
have you longing to walk in the woods or curl up by a
to the Cabin" is published by the Taunton Press and sells
for $34.95 in hardcover.
NEW: BATTERY-POWERED SNOWBLOWER HITS MARKET
cordless electric snowblower is now on the market.
Joe iON is powered by a rechargeable, 40-volt lithium-ion
battery that’s Energy Star certified. It can run for 25 to
40 minutes on a 2½-3-hour charge.
manufacturer says the single-stage snowblower can clear an
18-inch-wide path of snow up to 8 inches deep, making it
appropriate for areas that don’t usually get heavy
snowfalls. It has an LED headlight and a chute that rotates up
to 180 degrees automatically with the push of a switch.
machine can be ordered for $399.99 from Amazon.com,
Wayfair.com, Power Equipment Direct ((www.powerequipmentdirect.com)
and the Snow Joe website ((www.snowjoe.com),
with delivery expected in November. It is also expected to be
available soon from Brookstone, Hammacher Schlemmer,
HomeDepot.com and Sharper Image.
BETH: TAX CREDITS FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS
Q: I was
thinking of making a couple of home improvements this fall. Is
the government still offering home energy improvement tax
credits? If they’re available, where’s the easiest place
to find information on what items qualify? I don’t want to
get lost in the IRS website.
federal tax credits are still available for energy-saving
improvements made to homes by the end of 2013. Probably the
most understandable information can be found on the government’s
Energy Star website at
The Alliance to Save Energy also has helpful information at
know of any site that lists all the specific products that
qualify for the credits. However, the Energy Star site does
give all the parameters for each qualifying improvement, and
your dealer should be able to tell you whether a specific
product qualifies. In addition, some manufacturers list their
qualifying products on their websites.
credits are available for these qualifying products:
insulation; roofs; heating and cooling equipment; water
heaters; exterior windows, including skylights and storm
windows; exterior doors, including storm doors; and heating
stoves that burn biomass fuels, such as wood pellets or corn.
are also available through 2016 on geothermal heat pumps,
small wind turbines and solar energy systems, but those aren’t
common home improvements.
question about home maintenance, decorating or gardening?
Akron Beacon Journal home writer Mary Beth Breckenridge will
find answers for the queries that are chosen to appear in the
paper. To submit a question, call her at 330-996-3756, or send
Be sure to include your full name, your town and your phone
number or email address.