Your top resource for Log Cabin Kit information and advice.
Building your own Log Cabin is becoming an increasingly popular project. Its both cheaper and more enjoyable than buying a ready built cabin. Hopefully this site will give you lots of ideas, information and advice about building your Log Cabin from a kit or plan.
These days most log homes are built from pre-milled logs and often come in
kit form. The logs are quite visible as the exterior and sometimes interior of
the house. A lot of people dream of owning a log cabin home in a great location.
The cabins large picture windows give a breathtaking view of a wooded valley,
while inside the fire gives off a warm glow that gently lights up the rustic
interior. Its a nice dream and you can make it happen and get the perfect log
cabin if you spend a bit of time planning.
You need to think about the location you want. The size and position of your
plot will determine some of the constraints placed on your cabin. You should
consider the square footage you want as well as such things as privacy and
access to services such as power, water and sewers. Depending on location you
may need to consider sourcing a water supply and installation of a septic tank.
Full foundations for your log home will require a lot more digging but may be
needed under the building permit. A slab foundation is cheaper but may not be
possible. Cost obviously varies depending on the type of foundation but planning
for this is part of the budgeting process for the whole Log Cabin project.
Before you can apply for any sort of construction loan you will need to have all
your quotes ready. Unless you plan on doing a lot of the work yourself you will
need to get quotes from contractors such as plumbers, roofers, masons and
electricians. Make sure you budget for all these services when you are working
out the finances for the build.
You should investigate the many different log cabin home plans and log cabin
kits that are on the market. There are many builders who now just specialize in
cabin building and log cabin kit assembly. They may be able to suggest the type
of cabin suitable for your plot or they may even be able to build a custom log
home for you. Check out the internet as there are many log cabin plan and kit
sites where you can find good information. Another point to consider is the type
of logs that will be used for your cabin. The logs used can give an entirely
different look to your log cabin home. There are two main types of logs, rough
cut round logs (handcrafted logs) or milled logs which are uniform and cut to
When you know what type of cabin you are going to be building its time to decide
whether to do it yourself or to get a builder to do it for you. At this point
you should really do some homework. You should always get quotes from several
different cabin builders and if possible get feedback from people they have done
similar work for. Do check with any local builders association to see if they
know off and problems with that particular log cabin builder.
Something you should also think about for a log cabin build is how you will heat
and cool your new home. Wood burning stoves and furnaces have become
increasingly popular in recent years. The latest generation of wood burning
technology means they are now practical, efficient and cheap to use. If you are
thinking about this type of heating then proper installation of the chimney is
essential. There are many other types of heating you can consider but perhaps
none that will blend in with the cabin theme as well as a wood stove.
Building permit requirements vary from county to county and often decisions can
seem pretty subjective. At the end of the day though the various permits and
inspections are there for a purpose and are a necessary step to getting the
quality log home you deserve.
Hopefully the information above will have given you a brief outline of some of
the things you need to consider in order to get the perfect log cabin home of
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