Things to know before you decide to build a log cabin kit.
- Know what you are getting into. The decision to build a log cabin kit is a decision to live a lifestyle. This decision should not be taken lightly. The log cabin life is a peaceful life that draws you in and holds you close.
- There are many aspects to the building process and things should be done in the right order. Do your research. Find out what is included in the kit and what’s not included.
- Don’t get in a hurry. Remember this is a project you will enjoy, approach it as the adventure it is. it will take time to complete the kit, you can’t rush your dream.
- Use the buddy system. Friends are a great resource for advice and labor. If you have a buddy who is a plumber, electrician, or carpenter, they may have resources for discounted materials or will help you with your project in return for a favor. The barter system is still alive and well.
- Shop sales. You can begin early in your project looking for discounted items you will need in your new home. Keep your eyes open for light fixtures, door handles, appliances, windows, doors, hardware, flooring anything you will need to finish your home. Hitting the sales or even scratch and dent stores or the internet can save you a ton of cash.
- Know log cabins are not perfect and the material you receive will have imperfections. These imperfections add character and feeling to the home. If you want perfect logs without blemishes or knots then maybe the log cabin lifestyle is not for you.
- The first year is the hardest as far as maintenance. The log home will need to be water sealed and chinked as soon as the roof is on. During the first year, the logs will expand and contract a bit and some of the chinking material may tear. This will need to be fixed. After the first-year maintenance is a breeze.
- When your log home is finished, you will never want to leave. This will be a place you will cherish. A place where you will always feel comfortable. Your family will enjoy staying at home. Soon your friends will wonder what happened to you. You will answer with a huge smile, “I am living my log home dreams”.
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