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How to Build a Log Cabin, The Basic Foundations Explained.

Posted by Jessica Richardson on

A log cabin is probably the most romantic style home you can ever live in. This classic pioneer building gives you a chance to connect with nature and look back to simpler times without the fast pace and stresses of this modern world. Whether you wish to take your regular vacations in this country dwelling or you plan to live in one for good, there are a few important tips to keep in mind to help you build a good log cabin. 

Here we go over the basic steps it takes to get it done. It is recommended to watch YouTube videos on each step listed to get the DIY instructions. 

Start with Your Foundation

A good log cabin needs an equally foundation so start with this important step. Pioneer cabins established with no foundations were just meant to serve as temporary shelters. A solid foundation is critical if you wish your log cabin to last for a long time. The traditional options are stone foundations although you can also consider concrete and block walls. These are easier to work with, not to mention that experts claim that they are as good as stone ones. Pour the foundation and piers no less than 12 inches under the frost line to avoid heaving.

Add the Sill Logs

The sill logs are those bottom logs in every wall. These have a flat bottom so they can sit flat against your cabin’s foundation. Put a layer of sill sealer material on top of the foundations before you lay down the sill logs to thwart air leakage. After putting the sill logs in place, you have to measure from one corner to another to check that the layout is square. Once you are fully satisfied, you can use spikes of 12 inches for securing sill logs in proper place.

Lay Your Cabin Floor

A lot of people choose to add flooring before they build the walls. It is easy to work with floor joists that are made from dimension lumber not to mention that they also produce the flattest floor. But, the more affordable option is rustic log joists. Chisel the slots in even intervals halfway through the side sill logs before setting the joists in the right place. You can also create a charming floor with salvaged lumber planks.

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Proceed with the Walls

After the floor and footings are put in place, it is time to build the walls of your log cabin. Cut notches into the end of every log for them to fit neatly to adjacent logs. Lincoln and Dovetail log notches are famous but these tend to collect rainwater that can result to rot in wet spots. You can avoid this issue with one-sided saddle notches but they are not as stylish. Make sure you leave a space for the door.

Add Your Final Touches

Many log cabins are made with rafters or purlins supporting the roofs. You can add the roofing boards after you attached these, followed by the roofing shingles and felt made from cedar or asphalt. It is easier to work with commercial door and window frames.

Building a log cabin might seem like a challenging task at first but you will surely feel the satisfaction the moment you see the fruit of your labor.

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