15 Astounding Cabins That Prove There Are No Limits in Creative Log Home Design
So many of us live in increasingly crowding cities with constant lights, noise, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and all the modern conveniences at our fingertips. Although we may not realize it, we all need somewhere to escape, a place to relax and wind down from the busy stresses of everyday life. Something you may have noticed is that log cabins are non-existent in large cities. This is the case for a plethora of reasons, but the one I choose to believe is because log cabins are – to me – synonymous with retreat, relaxation, and unity with nature. Thus, the vast majority of log cabins are found amongst the trees, in the mountains or situated on a peaceful lake. While there are an endless amount of design plans for log cabins, these are 15 Cabins That Speak To The Soul. Which One Is Right For You?
One style of log cabin that was especially popular from the 1960’s through the 1980’s was the Swiss Chalet which is characterized multiple stories, a heavy, gently sloping roof with wide, well-supported eaves set at right angles to the front of the house and decorative wooden cut-outs along the railings – where the builders spent a massive amount of time on the details. The term chalet stems from Switzerland and French Savoy and although originally referred to the hut of a herder, developed into something much more grandiose.
Depending on the quality of a log cabin build, the cabin can be well-insulated and air-tight, or it can be extremely drafty. There are several factors to consider regarding energy efficiency, including the R-Value (a material’s thermal resistance or resistance to heat flow) of the timber, minimizing air-leakage (to minimize air leakage logs should be seasoned – dried in a protected space – for a minimum of six months as many air-dried logs contain 15-20% moisture which causes shrinkage as the logs dry, increasing drafts and high heating bills), the type of wood utilized in the build (in order of effectiveness are cedar, spruce, pine, fir and larch), controlling moisture through waterproofing (which will need to be re-applied every drew years), generous roof overhangs and proper gutters, downspouts and drainage plains and also considering building energy code compliance. And while all of these issues are extremely important to consider, so too is the design and look of your log cabin – some, such as the fourth cabin on this list, display absolutely fantastic artisanship!
As mentioned, the design and look of a log cabin are extremely important to its value to new log cabin owners and while some opt for modern cabins, others tend to choose the more nostalgic and traditional ‘rustic’ log cabin designs that sometimes incorporate older techniques such as hand-hewn logs, squared off to fit together properly for simple stacking rather than utilizing nails for stability, as well as dove tail or dowel joints for reinforcement. Sometimes these rustic log cabins are built with reclaimed materials from old barns or other demolition projects, utilizing old, scarred and discolored wood that provides the old, traditional-style look and feel. Complete this look with a tin roof and you have my ideal wooden cabin!
Whatever your preference for log cabins, you’re sure to find one on this list that really speaks to your soul. I know I can picture myself in almost every one of these, warm and cozy on a cold, snowy winter’s night or totally relaxed and de-stressed during a mid-summer retreat. But the question is: which one is right for you?