Log homes, log cabins and log chalets have always been a popular type of home, whether they are built with a do it yourself log cabin kit or built by a log home builder. If you are going to build a log cabin, you want one with a "Very Nice View."
Location is key when you are building your log cabin. Log cabins fit especially well with natural surroundings such as lakes, mountainsides, streams, forests, countryside and ocean. Just imagine yourself sitting on your log cabins front porch looking at the beautiful surrounding scenery, it is the perfect way to relax and enjoy your day. This site was created in 2012 by someone who has a love of rustic cabin life, and likes to share their photos and art that they have collected. On this site you will find log cabins from all over the world in the nicest of locations, from mountainsides, forests, lakesides, hillsides, ocean side and so much more.
A log house (or log home) is structurally identical to a log cabin (a house typically made from logs that have not been milled into conventional lumber). The term log cabin is not preferred by most contemporary builders, as it generally refers to a smaller, more rustic log house such as a hunting cabin in the woods, or a summer cottage. Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, were readily available. It was also widely used for vernacular buildings in Eastern Central Europe, the Alps, the Balkans and parts of Asia, where similar climatic conditions were present. In the warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees were more dominant, timber framing was favoured instead.
Some of the different types of log homes can include; handcrafted, which are typically made of logs that have been peeled, but essentially unchanged from their original appearance as trees; hewn logs, logs that are hewn by an axe to an oval, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular section; sawn logs, logs that are sawn to a standard width, but with their original heights; milled (also known as machine profiled), made with a log house moulder, made with logs that have been run through a manufacturing process which then converts them into timbers which are consistent in size and appearance.
Handcrafted log houses have been built for centuries in Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and were typically built using only an axe and knife. The Scandinavian settlers of New Sweden brought the craft to North America in the early 18th century, where it was quickly adopted by other colonists and Native Americans. Possibly the oldest surviving log house in the United States is the C. A. Nothnagle Log House (circa 1640) in New Jersey.