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The Log Cabin: A Different Kind of Statement

The Log Cabin: A Different Kind of Statement

March 31, 2009

There are many options available for anyone looking to build a new home or vacation residence. While most people opt for a traditional framed structure, it should be noted that it is not the only option available. If you are a person with a desire to live in and with nature, perhaps it's time to consider a more natural way to build. We've all heard the horror story of the pig who built a house out of sticks. With the right information, however, those folks with more rustic tendencies might find a log cabin is just what the doctor ordered.

Log Cabin or Log Home

Essentially the same thing, a log cabin is generally thought of as a small structure with few rooms that is not meant to be a primary residence. A log home, on the other hand, is larger and has all the amenities of a traditional house. The two terms are becoming more synonymous as the designs of log cabins become more like those of any other home.

Do It Yourself?

One of the most appealing things about a log cabin is its simplistic design. Though there are a large number of contractors out there who will happily design and build a log home to your own personal specifications, many people have taken this task in their own hands and with great deals of success.

The number of DIY log cabin kits available on the market may surprise you. There are also many instructional books and videos out there that explain the process from start to finish. Some even include how to install plumbing and the electrical system. Anyone interested in building a log cabin has the option of having as little or as much involvement in the construction process as they like.