The Essentials to Building a Log Cabin


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Log cabins represent life’s simplicity as they reconnect you to nature. But then the timber industry saw some innovations. Thus, a modern log cabin also depicts sophistication. Basic and modern elements combined make this type of home very appealing. However, there are factors to consider for you to build a log cabin successfully:

Potable Water Please!

The plumbing system is a major concern with log cabins. For example, Salt Lake City is a picturesque place to have a log cabin. However, water in this area is considered hard water. Although considered to be potable, an effective water softener can be used to ensure that the water is free from contamination. Another alternative is a good water filtration system.

Power Supply

Gone are the days when log cabins solely relied on the natural light streaming in from the windows and on candles lit at night. Modern log cabins can house state-of-the-art entertainment systems, air-conditioning units, modern light fixtures, heating systems, and a stable Internet connection. With these advances, the question of where to get the power supply arises. The good news is that utility companies can provide service to your rustic home, or you can opt to use solar power, too.

Functional Wood

Wood is the main material of your log cabin, both internally and externally. It is essential to have a thorough study of the different kinds of wood at your disposal. Each kind of wood serves a different purpose and has its edge over the other choices. For example, the grain pattern of oak makes it a good piece to use for flooring because of its aesthetic quality. On the other hand, hemlock wood is a fine choice where durability is concerned. Logs also are a great absorber of heat. Thus, log cabins spend less in terms of heating and lighting.

To Expand or Not to Expand

Space is also a consideration when building a log cabin. In the long run, you might want to add some features to your home, such as a garden, tree house, garage, or barn. You might also want to add to the interior of the house, such as a guest room or an indoor pool. Make sure then that the original location has a provision for such extensions.

Convenient Ways to Reach Town

Just because a log cabin may serve as a sanctuary does not mean that you have to live a life of a recluse. It would be great for friends not to have a hard time coming in to visit you. Also, good access to the road will ensure that you can buy your staple needs or go to establishments if needed.

Keeping It All Shining

The maintenance of wood is different compared to a house made of brick and concrete. You should be on the lookout for air leakages, insects or pests damage, and wear and tear of wood. Washing and staining your cabin enhance its aesthetic value and protect its exterior and interior.

Log cabins are just like regular homes. Constructing one takes great planning, commitment to work, and precise execution. The good thing is that it does not have to be a one-shot deal. Doing what is feasible at the moment will bring you closer to your dream home.


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