Whether it is a place to call home, a country getaway or simply a bespoke studio in the bottom of your garden; a log cabin may be the perfect balance between nature and home.
1.) Tools and Preparation
The most important thing to have before you get started is a base, a level base. Try and use concrete if you can, having a level base is paramount to the security and durability of the cabin. If you desire a lop-sided funhouse cabin that will fall down on your heads after a couple of days, then by all means skip this part. If you are convinced that you have a flat base, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment;
Regardless of what you think, you cannot do this without instruction unless you are going for the’pile of wood on the floor’ approach.
2.) Getting Started
You need to lay out the bearers which will outline the framework of the cabin. These should be treated against mold and decay as they’ll be in contact with the ground permanently. Consider screwing these bearers into the concrete for extra safety.
Walls of log cabins are built by adding layer upon layer to the bearers. Slot-in cabin kits are fairly straight forward, but the same rule applies for build from scratch projects. Make sure that each new layer is firmly attached to the bottom and doesn’t overhang to create an unbalanced wall. The most important point is to make sure the bottom layer is quickly to the bearers, or else you’ll find the walls literally closing in on you. Before they fall on you. Build the walls up to 5 or 6 logs high and then start on the doors and windows.
It is important not to resolve windows or doors to the wall wood, be certain that you’re using frames for the two. Any adjustments can only be made for a fortnight after conclusion because of the shrinking and expanding of outside lumber. Ensure your frames overlap for additional security and to make them removable once you correct the inevitable mistakes that you’ve made! Once your doors and windows are in, build the remaining walls to roof height. Topping It Off
Be sure that you add the gable ends before the roof itself, as you want it to be sloping for rain. Construct the roof in two sections, one slanting upwards from every wall and ensure that they all fit correctly. Roof covering is only there to protect the wood, go for practicality over style. You’ll rue your choice to go for pretty blue over suitable grey when there are puddles in your armchair.
5.) Finishing Touches All that is left to do is treat and stain the wood. Treating is essential, staining is not. You may opt for whichever paint colour you want but make certain you have the right coating to protect against the weather.