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About Log Homes

Whether you've always dreamed of designing your own log home, or would like to purchase an existing one, log homes and cabins make wonderful primary as well as vacation homes. They're located in rural and developed areas. While some cabins are very rustic and without running water or electricity, many modern log homes have all the modern conveniences including appliances, satellite television, and Internet access.

Should I build my own log home?

Building a log home is a lot of work, even for those experienced in home construction. Building a log home from scratch includes logging the trees, peeling the bark, hand shaping the logs, lifting them into place, fitting them together, then sealing the gaps.


Many find it much easier to purchase log home kits. These come with blueprints, prepared logs already cut to size and notched. Before investing in a log cabin kit, research the company's reputation, and speak to previous customers if possible. While many log cabin kit companies are quite reputable, some are not, and for the amount of money you'll be investing, it pays to take the time and find the right one.

What You May Not Know About Log Homes

  • The log walls absorb the heat from a wood stove more so than a furnace. Even after the fire goes out, depending on the outside temperature, the log cabin can stay warm for several hours.
  • A solidly constructed log cabin can cost more than a brick and mortar or wood and plaster house.
  • Snow banked around the outside of a log cabin works well as additional insulation from the cold.
  • Modern materials have taken the place of moss chinking to seal gaps between the logs.
  • There are several choices of wood for the logs, including Bald Cypress, Western Red Cedar, Eastern White Pine, and Northern White Cedar.


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