The availability of log cabin kits has made it surprisingly easy to romance and exemplify one's closeness with nature, without having to toil in order to create a dwelling that is uniquely rustic yet luxurious.
Problems Associated with Log Cabins
Selecting an appropriate kit is a must for creating a sturdy home that can withstand the elements of nature. It's evident that in order to select a good kit, one needs to be aware of the problems associated with a log cabin such as:
- For instance, a novice may not be aware of the fact that most of these homes tend to settle with time. Settling damages the windows, the doors, the cabinets, the load bearing walls, and the roof. Settling can be attributed to shrinkage and compression.
- Settling, on account of shrinkage, can be minimized by ensuring that the logs are well seasoned. Seasoning removes the moisture content from the logs and reduces the probability of them shrinking with time.
- Settling due to compression is inevitable since the logs, that are stacked on top of each other, tend to depress the logs that are positioned underneath. This is especially true in case of tall structures. One should verify that the manufacturer has dispatched a set of well seasoned logs, in addition to the usual material, to reduce damage on account of shrinkage, prior to investing in kit houses.
- One also needs to be aware of the different styles of construction. Nowadays, most homes are without chinks. Chinking refers to using a mortar like substance to bridge the gap between logs in order to prevent possible bug infestation and loss of heat.
- Full-scribing logs can eliminate gaps/chinks between them and one can do away with caulking/chinking.
- Scandinavian and Canadian are the popular styles of construction. Experts believe that the former is vastly superior and renders a stable structure to the home, on account of equitable weight distribution.
- One should be able to identify the difference between these styles to ensure that kit manufacturers, who profess to deliver the kit homes built according to the Scandinavian method, live up to their promise.
Manufacturers, who deliver the kits, give people the option of choosing from a vast array of available blueprints or creating their own design with the help of CAD (Computer aided Design) software packages. The kits usually include the following items: blueprints, logs for the walls and the windowsill, steel corner spikes, log alignment rods, window and door jambs, load bearing blocks, porch post, beams, struts, rafters, fireplace mantel, brackets, and a construction guide.
In addition to these materials, the kits would also include girder beams, ceiling beams, ridge beams, roof rafters, collar tie beams, rafter supports, nailer, and top plates if deemed necessary. Chinking material should also be provided in case the logs are not expected to fit snugly. On having constructed the cabin using the given material, one can proceed to make it habitable by selecting appropriate furniture.
A well-built log cabin will definitely withstand the ravages of time. A home owner, who builds and furnishes it with extensive care, will marvel at his/her accomplishments and enjoy basking in the glory of a job well done.