Residential log cabins are trending these days as more people are adhering to the idea of living in a wooden home. There are countless benefits of building and living in a residential log cabin. One of the greatest things about them is the fact that they are natural, eco-friendly. In spite of their rustic look, residential log cabins are typically made with high-quality materials. Another good thing about wooden homes is that although they are cheaper than the regular homes, they are still as comfortable if not more.
Start with the location
If building a residential log cabin is your dream, there are many things you should consider when planning on doing it. You should start with the location. Assuming you are not going to build your residential log cabin on property that you already own, it’s a good idea to select a location that matches the style of house that you want to build.
Once you have secured your perfect spot, you need to start thinking about. Then you need to consider the applicable laws and regulations. You need to find out whether you will need a permission or not to build your residential log cabin. If you do need one, you must make sure you get it before starting any construction work. Once you have the permission, you are ready to go.
Planning the construction of your residential log cabin
Building wooden houses requires patience and also demands much physical work. You need to consider the type of wood and other proper materials you are going to need. Some building skills might also come in handy. However, if you have never built anything, consider having somebody help you, or at least guide you through the process. While all this makes the process seem difficult and somewhat complex, it is actually quite satisfying when it is all completed.
The first thing you should start searching for is the wood you are going to be using. You should learn as much as you can about specific things such as the best types of wood and when is the proper cutting season to have great quality material. The most popular types of wood for building a residential log cabin are the pine and cedar; you may also consider using Scandinavian spruce. Just make sure you talk to a craftsman before buying the wood, he might be able to help you figure out the best fit for your needs. However, in general, pretty much any wood can be used. It just has to be straight and approximately 20cm to 25cm in diameter and no more than 5cm of tapering in a 5m long log piece.
Executing your plan
In order for you residential log cabin to be strong and secure, a proper foundation is required. You don’t want your house to collapse. The foundation could be traditional, with the use of stones, or you can use a block and concrete wall foundation. Keep in mind that the stone foundation requires much more work than the block and concrete one. Also remember to install piers within the foundation, which is going to support the floor girder.
Installing the anchor bolts along the top of the walls to attach the sill is your next step. To start the construction of the floor, you are supposed to cut flat the bottom of the sill logs, and make holes in it so that it can accommodate the anchor bolts. Indubitably, it takes a lot of planning to build a residential log cabin from scratch. But just imagine that gorgeous house, just for you! Keep that in mind, and continue the hard work!
The foundation and the floor are among the most important parts of the house. A well-done foundation will keep the residential log cabin still and in one place for a long time. Having finished the foundation and the floor, you may start setting the logs to start putting the wall up. That is when the magic begins! You will start to see your dream house taking shape. Make sure that you mark notches with a pen, sill logs secured in the right position, and put the next layer of logs above it. This process would be repeated for layers of logs until you are all the way up to where the roof will be. Remember that the eave support logs must extend beyond the walls if you are thinking about an overhang.
One more element that will look great in your residential log cabin while being functional, is an aesthetic chimney. However, building it that will add extra work and would make your project a little bit longer. But wooden homes with brick chimneys are outstanding, and it might be worthwhile. It is your dream home after all.
After a proper execution of a well-thought plan, there are just a couple of things to consider. Such as removing all the dirt by washing the logs with detergent and then, blending a solution of bleach and water to lift out any stains. After rinsing the logs with water, you must let them dry out for approximately seven days, and only then you would apply to the outside of the logs a mixture made of linseed oil and turpentine.
Voila! You’ve got the best house on the block!
The finishing given to your residential log cabin is also essential if you want to have a great and snug residential log cabin. A nicely thought combination of doors and windows would give your house that robust and rustic look. You could also incorporate some contemporary style and of course, your personal touch which would make your wooden home unique.
Living in the city is busy; you have to work, pay bills, face traffic; it is always crowded and noisy. Having this non-stop way of life in the city can drive you nuts. But now that you have built a residential log cabin, you have your getaway; you can escape from this craziness and enjoy the simple but very comfortable way of life. You will feel like you live in the woods, and you do!