Sunday, August 28, 2016

Building Basics: The Log Home

There are many top-of-the-line methods for building a cabin, and all of them offer their distinct advantages and draw backs. Today we're focusing on the rustic, timeless log cabin.

The appeal of log cabins is obvious- the thick logs are energy efficient enough that they don't require insulation, let along siding or drywall. They're also incredibly resilient, often withstanding natural disasters and hundreds of years of weathering.

On top of all that, a log home is surprisingly easy to build as many log homes are cut and pre-fitted by the supplier before they're disassembled and sent to the site!
Even a magnificent log home has some drawbacks however. Though the build can come together rather quickly, a log home is still one of your most expensive options. It's one unfortunate reality that lends to log homes being so rare and unique on Lake of the Woods.

Also, once constructed a log cabin or cottage needs to "settle." As the timbers dry out and shrink, the perfect fit of the logs is compromised, and it's up to the owner to get them back in place. There may also be some challenges in electrical or plumbing due to the fact that log cabins lack many of the conventional walls where pipes or wires might normally go.
Even with all of the positives and negatives on the table, a log cabin build comes down to one simple fact- with its rustic feel and awe-inspiring appeal, no one on the lake will have a cabin like yours.

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