5 Tips When Building Your Own Log Cabin

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Your log cabin needs to be a dream come true! Whether you're building it alone or with a crew, you must take every part of the process seriously. These are five important tips when building your log cabin and why it's important to take your time. 

Before You Start

When starting your log cabin, it's a good idea to stop and plan as much as possible. Consider the side, the layout, and the purpose of it. Although you'll be able to change your mind on some things after it's built, if you don't shop around and look at different log cabin floor plans, you might end up with one that doesn't suit what you want from it and end up disappointed. 

Setting a firm budget and completion timeline is also a good idea. You may have a general idea, but without a definite due date to complete it, you could end up overspending and taking years longer because you have nothing to reign it in.

1. Pick a Level Space Outside of a Flood Zone

When you’re still shopping for land, before you get your half-log siding, or your roof, picked out, you need to get a land survey. This document will tell you whether the property you’re looking at is a flood risk, how flat it is, and possibly how much work it’ll take to build your cabin here. 

Going without this land survey could cost you a lot of money and isn't legal in some counties. Getting your peace of mind and working with a professional is better.

2. Consider What Utilities You’ll Need

What utilities will you need out of this property? Are there any local properties you can get connected from, or will you be starting a new line? This can add tens of thousands of dollars in cost and is vital to consider while you're still shopping for land. Not only should you think of water and electricity, but also gas, internet, and anything else you'll want to use while in your cabin.  

If this isn't within your budget, it's a good idea to pick a property that's closer to already-connected land. 

3. Understand the Importance of Moisture-Proofing

Moisture proofing, from your log cabin paint to the insulation throughout, will be important. Since most log cabins have a lot of wood involved, although you'll have the wood sealed, you'll still need to be cautious with moisture. Get high-quality windows with a great seal, and pay attention to how much humidity you invite into your property. Over time this will help your HVAC system, and you'll save money on electricity bills.

4. Think About Every Season’s Needs

Every season will throw different struggles at you, so it's a good idea to consider what each of them might mean. If you're in an area with a ton of snow, you'll want a backup generator with your cabin at all times and a solid gutter-guard system that will save your roof from a berg of ice and leaf buildup.

If you live in an area with huge problems with forest fires, make sure you build your property far enough from the trees that you don't have to fear your property being lit ablaze. This is also a good reason to consider fire-proof materials. 

5. Consider the Need for Storage and Space

Storage is a top contender for things you should consider when building your log cabin.  Although many forget about this part, even if your log cabin is a vacation home, it will need storage.  You can get this by building on extra closets or by adding a shed structure onto the property.  Make sure that if you add a second structure, it's just as secure, waterproof, and hazard-proof as your main log cabin. 

Common Mistakes

People make tons of mistakes when building their log cabins, so it's a good idea to take your time and consider what you can learn from them. One of the biggest mistakes is parking your future home too close to a lake or river without researching the area's history. This can lead to flooding in no time. 

Another mistake is being lax with budget or timing. Keep a tight schedule, and work with professionals who know what they’re doing. If you try to guess your way through it, you could end up in serious trouble.  

Don't try to take on more than you can handle, and if you make a huge mistake because you guessed or thought you could handle something that you'd never tried before, it could cost way more money to repair it than it would just to hire a professional to do it in the first place.

Your Log Cabin Should be Paradise!

Your future log cabin should be a space that feels like heaven, so take your time and build it right. If you follow these tips, you'll create paradise.

Comments (2)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Matt, great tips.  My wife and I built a Lincoln Log 4 BR home in New Hampshire, back in the mid 80's.  Happy Hump Day, make it a productive Wednesday. Bill

Sep 21, 2022 09:59 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Sep 25, 2022 03:44 AM