How to Build a Log Cabin

The availability of log cabin kits has made it surprisingly easy to romance and exemplify one’s closeness with nature without having to toil in order to create a dwelling that is uniquely rustic yet luxurious.

Building a Log Cabin

Selecting an appropriate log cabin kit is a must for building a sturdy cabin home that can withstand the elements of nature. It’s evident that in order to select a good kit, one needs to be aware of the problems associated with building a log cabin. For instance, a novice may not be aware of the fact that most log homes tend to settle with time. Settling, damages the windows, the doors, the cabinets, the load bearing walls and the roof. Settling can be attributed to shrinkage and compression. Settling, on account of shrinkage, can be minimized by ensuring that the logs are well seasoned. Seasoning removes the moisture content from the logs and reduces the probability of the logs shrinking with time. Settling due to compression is inevitable since the logs, that are stacked on top of each other, tend to depress the logs that are positioned underneath. This is especially true in case of tall structures. One should verify that the manufacturer has dispatched a set of well seasoned logs, in addition to the usual building material, to reduce damage on account of shrinkage, prior to investing in log cabin kit houses.

One also needs to be aware of how to build a simple/miniature log cabin using the different styles of construction. Nowadays, most log homes are chinkless. Chinking refers to using a mortar like substance to bridge the gap between logs in order to prevent possible bug infestation and loss of heat. Full-scribing logs can eliminate gaps/chinks between logs and one can do away with caulking/chinking. Scandinavian and Canadian are the popular chinkless styles of construction. Experts believe that the former is vastly superior and renders a stable structure to the home, on account of equitable weight distribution. One should be able to identify the difference between these styles to ensure that kit manufacturers, who profess to deliver log cabin kit homes built according to the Scandinavian chinkless method, live up to their promise.

Kits to Build Log Homes

Manufacturers, who deliver log home kits, give people the option of choosing from a vast array of available blueprints or creating their own design with the help of CAD (Computer aided Design) software packages. Log cabin building kits usually include the following items: blueprints, logs for the walls and the windowsill, steel corner spikes, log alignment rods, window and door jambs, load bearing blocks, porch post, beams, struts, rafters, fireplace mantel, brackets and a construction guide. In addition to these materials, the kits would also include girder beams, ceiling beams, ridge beams, roof rafters, collar tie beams, rafter supports, nailor and top plates if deemed necessary. Chinking material should also be provided in case the logs are not expected to fit snugly. On having constructed the cabin using the given material, one can proceed to make the cabin habitable by selecting appropriate log cabin furniture.

A well-built log cabin will definitely withstand the ravages of time. A home owner, who builds and furnishes the cabin with extensive care, will marvel at his/her accomplishments and enjoy basking in the glory of a job well done.