Schutt Log Homes has joined the Tiny House movement

400 square feet Tiny House

400 square feet Tiny House

The Tiny House or Small House Movement is a social movement that is gaining momentum across the country. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has been interested in this trend for several years. Recently we have become involved with The Tiny House Collective in Kansas City, MO. Our goal in joining with them is to raise awareness and provide materials and support for a tiny house community in Kansas City.

Where the average American home is 2600 square feet, tiny houses are generally under 500 square feet and small houses are under 1000 square feet. These little houses can be built on a foundation or on a trailer. Tiny houses built on a trailer are a maximum of 8’ x 20’which gives up to 120 square feet of living space. Opting for building on a trailer makes the tiny house portable and possible to build without zoning or permit regulations. The main issue with building a tiny or small house on a permanent foundation is city and county zoning requirements. Opting for building on a trailer makes the tiny house portable and possible to build without zoning or permit regulations. It is necessary to be sure to contact all permitting entities before starting the construction of a tiny or small house.

The Tiny and Small House Movement is attractive to many people for a variety of different reasons. Such as:

Some people are attracted to the simple life a tiny home offers, with low maintenance, little room for clutter and overall less time spent on upkeep , a tiny house gives back extra time.

Some people are attracted to tiny houses for environmental reasons. The small size has a small carbon footprint creating much less of an impact on our environment and uses far fewer resources to build, heat and cool. Tiny living can be green living at its best.

The financial considerations of tiny living are huge. The small size of the home make it much less costly to build, heat, cool, maintain, and not to mention the taxes can be far less for a tiny house. Creative and crafty people enjoy finding ways to get the most out of the small spaces by designing loft spaces, built in storage and multi-use furniture. Creativity is a must in a tiny house.

Without a doubt the Tiny House and Small House Movements are getting a lot of attention from communities across the country. These homes are a great option for empty nesters, students getting on their feet financially, vacation homes, guest homes, or people just looking for a simple way of life. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is proud to be a part of the future of tiny homes and is working on several new plans for tiny and small houses.  We love working with our customers designing homes and we can’t wait to see what plans and ideas our tiny and small house customers will come up with.

400 square feet Tiny House

400 square feet Tiny House

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400 sf Oak Log Cabin Kit is Perfect Tiny House

Hunting Cabin

Hunting Cabin

Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works sells this 400 sf Oak log cabin kit which makes the perfect tiny house. This little Log cabin is designed to be a do it yourself project. It can be built on any small lot or is a great tiny get away home in the woods. This little cabin has a small foot print of 16 ‘x ’25 so it doesn’t disturb the environment around it.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

This cabin kit is crafted from Oak logs which are used for the exterior walls and for the interior walls (no need for sheet rock!) These Oak logs are energy efficient, at either 4″ or 6″ thickness they will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This tiny log cabin kit comes with hardwood flooring, hardwood ship lap for the ceilings, a cozy loft and a covered porch.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes sells each of these little kit cabins with a detailed building manual to make it possible for the person with even limited carpentry skills to build one.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Patrick Schutt Owner of Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is available to answer questions. He can talk most people through any building situation that may arise. With 20+ years of log cabin building experience there is very little he hasn’t come across. Patrick’s love for carpentry and his product shines through when he talks about his product. With the current trend in downsizing, Schutt log homes believes you can go tiny but still have a home that is comfortable and spacious.

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These small Oak log cabin kits also make a great off the grid alternative. They are simple to build, easy to heat, easy to maintain and can be modified to suit any need or want.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

 

 

 

These Oak log cabin kits make it possible for almost anyone to own a log cabin. And who wouldn’t want to live in one of these charming homes. Just imagine a cozy fire in the wood stove, curled up with a good book. Or sitting in your rocking chair on the shaded front porch, feeling a cool summer breeze and listening to the birds.

These small cabins can also be purchased in a 560 sf, 2 bedroom, or a 700 sf, 3 bedroom, if you need a little more room for family.

 

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Each tiny log cabin can be made to be your own little piece of heaven.

 

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7 usefull tips for chinking your log home- from Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

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An example of contrast in chinking

When properly applied chinking will dramatically improve the energy efficiency  of the log home. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has chinked many Oak log cabins over the years and we would love to share a few of the things we have learned about chinking.

  1. Today’s chinking material is elastometric (very flexible) which can stretch and contract with the logs as they move seasonally. Chinking is needed to stop air, moisture and insects from getting into the log home. Chinking also increases the insulation of the home substantially.
  2. It is necessary to use a backer rod behind the chinking. This fills the air space between the logs, which improves insulation increasing the r value of the log. The baker rod also creates a non-adhesive surface for the chinking. This allows the chinking to shift with the logs. Backer rod also helps reduce the amount of chinking used by filling the space between the logs.
  3. Chinking can also be a design element in the home. Today’s chink comes in a variety of colors which makes it possible to add contrast and style to the log home.
  4. There are several methods of applying chinking to the log home. Manufactures make a variety of caulk type guns which can be used to apply the chinking. At Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we use the old fashioned low tech method of a putty knife and a small container of chink. We tape above and below the chink void in the wall, then fill the void with chink using the putty knife.  It is important to go back over the area with a wet brush to smooth the chink. This method may not be the fastest or easiest way but we like the results and feel extra effort is worth it. 
  5. Chinking is a water based polymer that can freeze before it fully dries. Some chinking materials are not affected by freezing, the curing process will continue when the chink thaws. Check with the manufacturer.
  6. Your chinking and log finish are important aspects of your log home. Be sure you’re your log treatment and your chinking material are compatible. This just takes a quick phone call to the manufacturer to verify and can save tons of time and money in the long run.
  7. Although it is unlikely properly applied chinking will split or pull away from the log it does happen in some cases. This does not mean the chinking is defective. If the chinking tears in the center just clean the affected area and reapply new chinking to the affected area. If the chinking pulls away from the log it will need to be replaced. This is not a difficult process. Cut the loose sections away, make sure the backer rod is still intact (replace if needed), clean the area and reapply the chinking.
  8. This is a chinking coverage estimator. This will help when figuring how much chinking you will need for your project.

 

Chinking is an important aspect of log home building and living. A good understanding of the purpose and process of chinking your log home will go a long way in achieving the look and feel you desire for your log home. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we hope your log cabin dreams become a reality. We are here to help in any way possible.

 

Please check out our web site at http://oakcabins.com/

Or our blog at https://oakcabins.wordpress.com/

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Must have tools for building your Oak log cabin kit

At Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we have had years of experience building Oak log cabins and Oak log homes. In our experience we have found some tools that are a must have when building a log home kit. There is a lot of hype about some of the latest tools and gadgets but we have found for the most part a few old stand-by’s will get the job done efficiently and correctly.

Below is a list of the tools we recommend. Of course everyone has their favorite brand or go to tool. These are the tools, in our experiences, we found to work the best for us.

Chainsaw- We prefer Stihl, but any good brand with a sharp chain will do.

A chainsaw will be one of the most valued tools you will use when building your log home. This tool is portable and versatile. We use a chainsaw to cut the logs to length, to true up wall ends, to trim, notch, wedge, cut out and any variety of cutting to be done on the logs, rafters, joists, you name it. A chainsaw works much more efficiently than a circular saw for cutting the big stuff

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A chainsaw is a must have!

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1/2″ Heavy duty electric drill- We like Makita or Dewalt, they seem to hold up.

A good 1/2″ electric drill is priceless. The drill is used to predrill holes for the TimberLOK screws and to drive the screws in. The drill with a paddle bit is used to counter sink the TimberLOK screws to make all the surfaces flush. This allows the logs to lay level and allows a smooth surface for the planer.

Electric Hand Planer- Makita or Dewalt. same deal, they seem to hold up.

This tool will get used a lot! As the courses of logs are placed the logs are planed to make a level spot to place the next log. When all the logs are in place the face of the logs will be planed to make a clean, smooth surface to apply the chinking and log preservative. The rafters are planed to make a flat, level surface for the roofing material. This tool is a must have.Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

Sledge-Hammer- Any good heavy brand will do.

For those delicate adjustments. Haha. A good sledge-hammer will save your back when it comes to moving the logs just a few inches this way or that way. It’s a great work horse.

Tape Measure- Any good brand. Buy several they always disappear.

A good long tape measure is a must. It will get worn out! Measure twice, cut once. Need I say more?

Level, Square, C-clamp- These are pretty basic tools for every carpenters tool box.

We recommend having a couple different sizes of each of these items. Depending on the application a long level will work better a small square will be better. Having several c-clamps on hand is always a good thing to hold the logs or lumber in place until it can be affixed permanently.

These are the basics. Of course there will always be a few other tools needed along the way as the log cabin gets into the finish carpentry stages. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works will be happy to assist you with any building questions. Our log home experts have the knowledge and experience to guide you through your Oak log cabin building process.

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5 Myths about Log Homes

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There are many myths and misconceptions floating around out there about log home building and living. We would like to try to dispel a few of the most common things people are concerned with when deciding if log home living is for them. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has been selling Oak log cabin kits for over 10 years and has built their fair share of Oak log homes. Over the years we have heard many myths about log home construction and maintenance, and now we would like share some information we have found to be true about a few of these myths.

1.Log homes are not energy efficient.

We have heard this myth many many times. The fact is, Oak log homes are very energy efficient. Oak by its nature is a dense wood and is excellent at storing heat. Once an oak log is warmed it will continue to stay warm. The reverse is true in the summer, when an Oak log is cooled it will stay cool. A well built Oak log home can retain heat as well or better than a stick framed home. A heating and cooling system in a log home can be up to 15 percent more energy efficient than the same system in a similar traditional wood frame home. Double or triple paned windows will add to the efficiency. It is because of this fact log homes are still being built in some of the coldest regions.

2. Log homes are high maintenance.

The fact is once the Oak log home is built it is relatively low maintenance, provided care is taken during the building process. After the logs are placed a chinking material is placed between the logs and a wood preservative, sealer is applied. That’s it! No drywall, plaster, mud, painting. Depending on the manufactures recommendations most log preservatives need to be reapplied every 5-10 years which is comparable to painting stick homes. Finding a crack in the wall may seem like a major ordeal to a log home, but the truth is, it’s perfectly natural for wood to crack. These cracks pose no structural problems and might just need to be sealed with chinking and a wood preservative.

3. Log homes take longer to build than a stick home

When building an Oak log home the walls go up quickly. Once finished with the log wall you have the interior wall, exterior wall, structural component and insulation of the home complete. Once the Log walls are all up the exterior of the house is complete except for the chink and wood sealant. A framed home has many more steps, framing, plywood, moisture barrier, insulation, siding, drywall, plaster, sanding, plaster, sanding and painting…

4. Log homes are not fire resistant

The truth is Oak is extremely fire resistant. The natural insulation properties of solid log walls is one aspect to be considered. A solid log wall is very resistant to fire due to its mass. Solid log walls are extremely slow to spread fire as compared to traditional frame walls. When a fire enters a frame wall a chimney is formed in the air pockets causing rapid spread of the fire. Since there are no air pockets or cavities in log walls fire is slow to spread.

5. It’s difficult to find a log home builder

This is not true at all. Many builders specialize in log home construction or have log home experience. When a log home builder is not available, conventional builders can learn from construction manuals provided by log home companies. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works provides a detailed construction manual with each of our Oak log cabin kits.

Though we know there are many more myths out there, we hope we have helped answer a few of the common concerns most people think of when they consider log home living. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have when debating whether or not living in a log home is right for you and your family.

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Caring for natural hardwood flooring- Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

These are a few tips and tricks from Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works to keep your natural hardwood flooring looking amazing year after year.

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FINISH

A newly applied finish on your floor may appear to be too glossy at first. Keep in mind that as the floor ages and reaches its maximum durability the “sheen” will “die down”.

MOVING OF FURNITURE

No furniture for 24-36 hours. Place furniture down, do not scoot or slide. Curing of the floor takes thirty days to cure good and hard. Take extra care for the first days until cured. When moving a refrigerator onto finished floor use quarter- inch plywood or masonite to protect floor, heavy cardboard does not always allow enough protection.

AREA RUGS

No area rugs or throw rugs for one month to allow floor to cure in all areas. Air flow helps the curing process.

FLOOR PROTECTORS

There are “Scoot-N-Glides” which are made for wooden chair legs, to protect the wood flooring from being scratched. Also, available is a thick felt for other types of chair legs. “Scoot-N-Glides” need to rest flat on floor for optimum protection. If chair legs are cut at an angle, the glide can do damage to the floor.

SWEEPING

For maximum life and wear-ability of floor finish, keep floor as clean as possible from all substances that can scratch floors such as sand, gravel, etc. This can be accomplished by daily sweeping with floor brush sweeper attachment, dust mopping, or broom sweeping.

MOPPING

Harsh alkali cleaners may damage the finish and/or floor and should not be used. After 4 weeks of curing of finish, clean floors with a slightly dampened mop using 1 gallon of lukewarm water with 1 cup of white vinegar. A small area at a time wiped dry as you go will give the best results. Do not allow water to stand on floor and use as little water as possible. The “water/vinegar solution” will remove accumulated grease and sticky substances not removed by dry dust mopping or vacuuming. Remove food spills and other various liquids as quickly as possible with a dry or damp cloth.

WATER AND WOOD

NEVER use excessive amounts of water on wood floors. Even though urethane products are very water resistant, water can seep into open cracks, causing the finish to break loose from the wood, resulting in white spots, chipping or peeling. Remember water is an enemy of wood flooring: do not use excessive amounts.

SPECIAL CLEANING

To remove grease, rubber heals marks or similar stubborn stains which might remain after a normal cleaning with “water/vinegar solution”, wipe with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Make sure that excessive amounts of fluid used for cleaning are not deposited on the floor. (Use rubber gloves!)

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WAX OR MURPHY’S OIL SOAP

Do not wax floors – no paste wax – no Endust – and NO Murphy’s Oil Soap. Once the finish has been applied to the wood there is a protective coating over the wood, and these products will lay on top of the finish dulling the appearance and catching dirt. They will keep an additional coat of finish from being applied should it ever be necessary.

SCUFFS & SCRATCHES

Bear in mind all surfaces even concrete will scratch. Toe-nails on dogs can have a scratching effect on the finish, be careful to keep toe-nails trimmed. Rubber sole shoes on “fresh finish” can also leave scuffs. Should you have a scratch in the floor, do not attempt to repair the scratch. First, call our office so that we can determine the best course of action.

HIGH-HEEL MARKS

Since wood is a product of mother nature, a high degree of pressure from a concentrated point like a high heel can crush the wood fibers leaving a “small indention” in the floor. The quality of the finish has no bearing as far as strengthening the wood fibers.

EXPANSION & CONTRACTION

The weather plays a part in this area. Since the wood is susceptible to the humidity in the air, natural wood fibers will pull in moisture causing the wood to expand in spring and summer months. During the winter months when the house is dry, there will be a “shrinking” effect in the width of the boards resulting in cracks. This is a natural trait of wood floors. A humidifier will help stabilize this condition. Wood floors need to be able to expand and contract with temperature and humidity.

CUPPING OF BOARDS

Should the individual boards “cup” at the edges, this is a sign of water damage from an outside source such as a leaking sink, back door threshold, refrigerator water line, etc. The floor will appear to have a “washboard” effect. Although you may not see visible signs of water, the wood will act as a sponge and will soak moisture up in a capillary manner through the grain.

 

1. Severe Cases of Water Damage                   Boards must be replaced, area re-sanded, and finished.

 

2. Average Water Damage                                Boards allowed to dry for 4 to 5 weeks, area re-sanded, and re-finished.

 

3. Slight Water Damage                                     Area allowed to dry, cupping may recede.

ADDITIONAL COATS OF FINISH

Floors can be reconditioned with an additional coat of finish, if it has not been waxed, and “water/vinegar solution” has been used on a regular basis. Wax will keep an additional coat of finish from adhering to previous coats.

PROTECTION FROM OTHER SUBCONTRACTORS

After floor has been finished should a painter or other subcontractor do any touch-up work, be sure to have him put down drop cloths. Any warranty service which requires moving of heavy furniture or appliances will not be the responsibility of Schutt Log Homes, LLC. or its subcontractors. Furniture and/or appliances must be moved prior to the service call. Unload the refrigerator before moving.

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The Benefits of Oak Log Homes

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Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works knows Log homes are back by popular demand. They are once again proving to be energy efficient as well as environmentally friendly. Natural log construction is on the “green” list, in part because it eliminates many of the toxic materials used in insulating traditional wood frame homes. Today’s log homes are both contemporary and traditional, with a style to suit every taste. 

Mountain View

Mountain View


No longer only simple log cabins or small vacation get-a-ways, Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works provides log home kits which can be large dwellings with every convenience. The natural insulation properties of solid log walls is one aspect to be considered. Solid log walls are extremely slow to spread fire as compared to traditional frame walls. Since there are no air pockets or cavities in the walls, a fire is a usually a surface burn.

Hunting Cabin

Hunting Cabin


A heating and cooling system in a log home can be up to 15 percent more energy efficient than the same system in a similar traditional wood frame home. Double or triple paned windows will add to the efficiency. Log walls are natural sound insulators too. Not only does the mass of the log prevent sound from passing through, but the log walls deflect sound by virtue of the texture created by their rippled contour. Yet another advantage is new tax laws that offer deductions or rebates for log homes. Check with a tax advisor to see how the laws apply.
Please call Patrick Schutt at 816-506-5713 or check oakcabins.com.
Read more:http://www.ehow.com/about_5341409_advantages-log-homes.html#ixzz32CoKhYGd

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