|Tips and Suggestions To
Help You Plan and Build Your Own Log Home
by: Jack Hudson
Log Cabin Homes : They
have come a long way. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you
plan and build your own. Plus be sure to consider the floor plans and
not overlook anything.
Typically, log cabin homes
are small structures that have little or no wasted space and are built
from all natural materials. However, new trends have surfaced, making
log cabin homes appear as luxurious, rustic, and cozy houses. At the
same time, many of these luxury log cabin homes still use all natural
materials, but there are new building techniques and systems used for
drying the logs effectively at proper rates.
Log cabin homes are useful
for you as a main house or as a vacation home. In fact, any design and
style can be created with log cabin homes. No matter what design you
decide upon, log cabin homes will surround you in nature always have a
comfortable yet rough feel.
Maintenance problems from log
homes are often unavoidable. However, new knowledge and technology can
help prevent many of the problems from happening. Many of the new
techniques can also stop some maintenance problems from happening, and
if they do occur, they will not be as extreme.
Well built log cabin homes
will have regular maintenance needs to ensure that it will last a long
time. However, no major problems should arise for several years. If
you DO have a log cabin home built unprofessionally, it suggests that
proper building techniques may not be used and problems with logs
cracking or seeping sap may occur. These things can be fixed, but it
is far better to do your research early on and have a log cabin home
built by a credible manufacturer.
If you are considering
building a log cabin, make sure to follow instructions carefully..
Several online resources have
guidelines on how to build a log cabin, mostly for small cabin
layouts. If you are interested in learning how to build a log cabin,
search these sites to get a general knowledge of basic cabin building.
You need to first research and learn about the essential materials and
preparations. If you are a beginner, start small and learn through
trial and error.
The tips on how to build a
log cabin suggest that you find a location first, then begin creating
a design and decide on the size. Once this is accomplished, find out
the length and width at the site and clear the area. The rules for
laying a foundation differ depending on the type, and you may not want
or need a foundation for a small cabin.
Start stacking logs by laying
two logs lengthwise and parallel to each other, with the desired width
between them. Cut notches in two other logs, one foot away from the
ends. The notches should fit around and lay perpendicular to the two
base logs. Continue stacking the logs this way, alternating the
notches. Once the door height is reached, cut out the doors and
Choosing from various Log
Cabin Floor Plans
While log cabin floor plans
are traditionally small, cosy, homely, and economical homes, new
trends have been developed in the last twenty years. It is now often
found that the small log cabin floor plans built are mostly used for
vacation houses or hunting and fishing lodges. Log cabin floor plans
always broadcast a comfortable, relaxing, and rustic aura.
Modern trends have
combined these characteristics with elegance in the large, luxurious
log cabin floor plans built.
When you choose to build with
materials used on traditional houses, such as ranch style or cape cod
homes, you are sometimes limited to the designs you can create. With
log cabin floor plans you have an endless selection of styles and
designs to build. Manufacturers that sell log cabin building materials
suggest to find a builder who is knowledgeable about log homes. This
way you are sure to get a log cabin floor plan built properly and
sturdy. Be sure to only use logs that have been dried correctly in
order to avoid later maintenance problems.
You can read more about log
cabin designs at
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About The Author
Jack Hudson is a writer
for http://www.log-cabin-plans-n-kits.com and
http://www.best-house-n-home-plans.com/. These two sites work
collectively as a resouce for the planning and building of log
cabins as well as choosing from different house plans. Visit one
of these sites for informative articles as well as free TIPS for
building a log home or choosing a house plan.