For those who like the simpler things in life, a log cabin may be the home of choice for these people. Log cabins are often associated with the rustic sides of lives, yet these log cabins can be as simple or as extravagant as a person would want. The key to any log cabin is having this properly built. An improperly built cabin is going to be nothing but a headache. So how does one start building a log cabin?
1. Have a design.
The first step of building a log cabin is to have the design in mind and written out as to what you want. Without a design, many problems can arise. There are several ways you can purchase a design or even make your own.
2. Prepare the Area
The area in which you are going to be placing your log cabin on needs to be level and free of debris. This means removing rocks, trees and other obstacles, as well as leveling the land to ensure your log cabin is even. Also remember that you want land that is going to drain well to avoid your log cabin becoming flooded.
3. Prepare the Logs
The logs are going to need to be stripped of bark and any knots will need to be removed. You will want to reference your design as to how to shape the ends of the logs to make them fit evenly together. You are going to need a way to move the logs and likely your only option is going to be a forklift of some kind. If you have never operated a forklift before make sure you train yourself on how to use the machine safely. There are places that will give you a certification for the operation of the lift, however, ensuring you are safe should be the first priority. You will be moving quite literally, thousands upon thousands of pounds of logs.
4. Start your Frame
Along with starting the frame of the log cabin, you need to ensure that you set the main posts for the log cabin into concrete to ensure that these are sturdy and can take the weather and other elements. Your design plan should state just how deep your poles need to be in the ground to offer a stable foundation.
5. Notch the Logs
After you have started the frame and have a nice house already in the making, it is time to notch the logs and place these together to form the log cabin of your dreams. Be sure that you are following the design directions as to where to notch these logs. Notching the logs in the wrong location can make your log cabin unstable.
6. Finish the House
After notching the logs and putting these in place, it is time to add in the windows, the roof and the doors. You can do this however you want, but it is best to ensure that you are paying attention to the designs that you have.
Once you finish all this work, you are ready to start decorating the inside of the log cabin to match your personality. You can do whatever you want to do with this. You will find that building your own log cabin is rather rewarding and you are going to value the home even more since you did all the hard work. It will be a great conversation starter and you will find that the home is going to be everything that you have ever hoped of having in a home.