The "Modernization" of Log Cabins

By: Jessica Deets

Log cabins are an icon of pioneer America. Even a few presidents were famous for their log cabins, namely Abraham Lincoln. At the peak of their popularity in the 1800ís, log cabins symbolized freedom, determination, and independence.

Today, cabins can have all the amenities and conveniences of modern homes. You can create a home as unique as you. Whether itís a retirement home nestled in the mountains, a fun-filled vacation home, for storage, a guesthouse, or a summer camp, you can find a log cabin kit right for you.

Log cabin kits are as small as one 8x10 room for an attractive storage shed or bunk room, or as large as a 2,000+ square foot dream home. If you canít find a kit plan that suits you, some manufacturers offer custom plans.

For smaller structures, basic carpentry knowledge is sufficient for the do-it-yourself types. But for the larger buildings, you may want to hire a builder to ensure your dream of owning a log cabin doesnít become a nightmare.

Because kits are so easily customizable, youíll have plenty of design freedom to choose windows, doors, cabinetry, and interior features that meet your budget and your needs. You can choose the color of stain and the roofing to match your surroundings and your style.

Log cabin kits start in the lower range of $20,000 and increase up to more than $70,000. Of course, the price will depend on the size of the cabin and the features. Most kits are very basic and do not include many interior features.

When considering a log cabin kit, understand that log homes arenít necessarily less expensive than traditionally built homes. Youíll need to buy your land, building permits, and build the foundation. Usually, youíll also pay for interior features, flooring, insulation, plumbing and electrical contracting not included with the kit.

Kits are usually available in three versions. Standard kits are a complete do-it-yourself basic package. If youíre not so great with construction tools, choose a package with pre-built exterior and interior walls. There is also a median package with some pre-fabricated parts to make the construction easier and quicker.

Before you purchase your log cabin kit, understand what is provided and what youíll need to do on your own. Obtain a complete itemized packing list, as well as a list of additional materials youíll have to buy locally. Keep in mind resources youíll need, such as power tools and manpower.

Obtain a shipping rate quote because your kit may not include the freight and delivery cost. While most cabins will cater to your foundation, certain types of foundations may raise the cost of the kit due to building methods. Most log cabin kits recommend a concrete slab foundation.

Most kits include all the lumber, windows, doors, roofing, plywood, beams, and some siding and trim, and of course, the plans and the assembly manual. Remember, your log cabin home will bring happiness for years. Itís an investment and a symbol of self-determination. Kits should come with the customer service and sales team to help you achieve your dream of building and owning an authentic log cabin.

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Jessica Deets researches the internet and writes about information to help people. You can find out more news and information about log cabins at this link

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