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4 Questions You May Have About Constructing a Log Cabin Home
When it comes to building your own log cabin home, it can be quite exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are several things you will want to be prepared for prior to constructing the home. With some research and preparation, you should have no problem properly constructing the home. Here are four questions you may have about building a log cabin.
1. What type of wood should I use?
A common question people have is what type of wood to use. There are many different kinds of wood out there that can and should be considered for your home. Everything from hard woods like mahogany and oak to soft woods like pine and redwood can make it difficult to decide which is best for you. It can be easy to get caught up in trying to find the perfect kind of wood.
What you have to realize is it is better to find the perfect constructer, even if it is yourself. Without a quality constructer, the finest wood can be built incorrectly. While there are many different types of wood that are perfect for log cabins, many times there is a variation of woods chosen based on several factors. Some of these factors include the spanning of walls and floors, insulating factors, and the availability of the wood. So there really is not the perfect kind of wood you should use.
2. Are log cabin homes expensive to heat?
Because of the thermal mass, log cabins are actually extremely cost-effective to heat. Thermal mass refers to the naturally formed air pockets created by the cell structure of a log. Of course there are always going to be specific design features that can make certain homes more expensive to heat than others. There are some other reasons as well such as the thickness of the logs and the contractors you higher. But typically, these homes are relatively inexpensive to heat.
3. How much will it cost me to construct?
One of the biggest worries with people constructing these homes is how much is it going to cost. This is the most asked question by people and unfortunately there is no specific answer to give. There are far too many things that can vary this answer. Some of the factors that will affect the cost of your home include the kind of material you use, the design details, the combinations of specifications, economic conditions, and whether you are working on your own time or hiring someone to build for you.
While it is impossible to give you a straight answer right here, the best thing to do is come up with a plan and get a quote. Once you have determined the kind of material you want and have come up with a design, you will be able to get a much better answer. Research is the key to finding out what to expect.
4. How do I build an inexpensive home?
While nobody wants to build a cheap home that is going to quickly fall apart, it is nice knowing the inexpensive route. If you want to keep your home as inexpensive as possible, build a four corner rectangular log cabin. This will make it much easier to cut the wood and build the design correctly. You can still have a great home with this simple design. Typically it is the design of the home that can vary the cost.
Building a log cabin home is far from a cheap price to pay. What you have to understand is there are things you can do to cut back on the price and build your dream log home. These are just a few of the common questions people have when building a log cabin.
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