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6 Reasons Why You Should Move Into a Log Cabin Immediately

Cabins July 16, 2017

6 Reasons Why You Should Move Into a Log Cabin Immediately

The log cabins of yesteryear are a long reach from the modern, but still quaint, cabins of today. Some grow up in this wonderfully rich and peaceful experience while others take to this life later on during retirement or simply at a time when they are ready for a quieter existence. There are many reasons why singles, couples, and families choose the log cabin life, and we’ll explore some of those reasons during the sharing of this list, as to why you should move into the log cabin lifestyle.

Here are just 7 reasons why you should pack your bags and move into a log cabin immediately:

1. You love peace and quiet

Most log cabins are built among nature and far away from neighbors and the busy urban lifestyle. If you find yourself craving more peace and quiet, maybe it’s time to begin looking into moving into a log cabin where peace and quiet are usually the norm. For some it will be a nostalgic experience, for others the experience will be welcomed and brand new.

2. You enjoy the log cabin aesthetic

If you are already trying to turn your current home into a log cabin by dressing it like one, maybe it’s time to think about a move to the real thing. If you currently enjoy the decorations and wildlife experience, this sign may be telling you that it’s time for your move into a log cabin. Think about it this way, you already have the furniture and all the right aesthetics so you won’t have to get rid of anything, just take it with you to your new log cabin home.

3. If you love a good picturesque Winter Wonderland

For those of us who have lived in the city, we know just how messy and dirty snow can be. Between the trampling of feet and the cars, snow is not like what we see in a Rockwell painting. However, if you move into a traditional log cabin outside the city limits, you will get your own Winter Wonderland and more. There are no strangers racing for the train or cars blowing exhaust onto the snow and turning it black. You will get that dream Christmas you’ve always wanted when you lived in that city condo.

4. You’re a natural DIYer

If you are a person that feels as if most of your furniture should be made of recycled wood and you want to build it all yourself, you sound perfect for a log cabin dweller. Being a DIYer should be a lot of satisfying fun when you have a home that calls for handmade furniture and a log cabin is just the right place calling for an owner like yourself. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can live in a beautiful and special home that was created by your own thoughts and creativity.

5. You love trees and branches

If you have a love for trees, living in a wooded area would be just perfect for you. Are you a city dweller who decorates their home with tree branches you picked up from your local park? If so, you will be in tree heaven by living much more rural in a gorgeous log cabin. Tree limbs fall all the time in areas where traditional log cabins are built, so you wont have to try and fit one in your tote bag. You can simply go foraging for any already loose or broken branches to decorate your cabin.

6. You’re a natural minimalist

Natural minimalists are perfect for the log cabin life. Living in rural wooded areas can be quite a change for those from the city who are used to having everything nearby. Normally, rural living causes you to stay home more unless you really need something. There is most likely no mall down the road in which you can spend unnecessary money on items you don’t need. Also, you may have to deal with some lack of technology. WiFi signals aren’t always that strong in wooded areas, so you’ll need to adjust to not being on your laptops and tablets all day and night. Of course, this also means more rest, another great reason to move to a log cabin.

Source: HGTV 15 Signs You Should Move into a Log Cabin Immediately

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Your Guide to a Real Cabin Lifestyle

Cabins March 5, 2017

Cabin living is much different from city living or even suburban living. There are a few things you need to know before you take on such a huge lifestyle change. You can have a cabin styled home in or near the city, but real cabin life requires a bit of know-how when it comes to living off the grid. We are talking here about building cabins in wooded areas or remote country areas.

Here are some things you should know about the cabin lifestyle before buying or building a cabin home. 

 You may actually be off-grid, meaning that you may need to provide your own electricity, water source, and heat source for the winter. There will most likely be no “gas company” to pay every month. You will probably have to get the lines run yourself with your own money. The electricity hook-up will be the same. As for water, you will probably need a well. Many water wells are electric these days, so you will need to account for that fact. Also you will need to decide how you are going to heat your home if you are in a climate where the seasons change. Will there be electric or gas heating or will you install wood burning stoves and fireplaces?

You may be alone with no neighbors. For some people this may be a dream come true, and that is fine, but for others who may be used to a more urban type of living, the idea of the nearest neighbor being 20 miles away may be daunting. You must prepare yourself by having a storage of food and other items you need, like band aids, meds for colds and flus, food that does not spoil and some place to store it. If winter is near, you may need to gather and cut enough wood for the entire season, because if a cold front hits at the last minute, the nearest store may be miles away and it may be too dangerous to drive. Be prepared with batteries for flashlights if a storm takes your lights out. These are all things you used to walk next door to borrow. If you’re living a true cabin life, you may not have that luxury.

The key is to be prepared to supply your own needs, whether it is a water source or a dozen of eggs. Living the cabin life may make it extremely difficult to get these supplies if your neighbor is a  30 minute drive away.

photo: Pinterest via Moorea Seal

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Summer Tiny Home Idea – Super Simple Design

Cabins February 27, 2017

summer tiny home

Here’s a DIY tiny house unlike any you might have seen before. These fellows did it with just a bit of lumber and that piece of corrugated metal. Interested in trying something like this yourself?

They’re a couple of Californians, named Matt & Margo, and they built this one over a dry creek bed (usually dry, anyway).

It’s their summer cottage, and it’s located, for those interested, in the western foothills of Sierra Nevada Range, California.

They also mentioned that a tiny house like this, set up as a summer house in an out-of-the-way location in an area with a significant amount of fires, like those California mountains, is one that isn’t relatively that big an investment, and if it ever were to burn up in a wildfire, they could just rebuild it.

Nice little deck, and you probably noticed that sheet of corrugated metal is quite small, and they made do by using it like a single-pitch roof, with a bit of a slant to the rest of the building.

Find more tiny home and cabin builders indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more cabins homes, click here.

And here’s a little gallery of some more little cabins — some even use corrugated metal sheets, but none do it like this cabin at the top, which is pretty interesting. Unfortunately, the picture at the top is the only one that seems to be around for Matt & Margo’s cabin so far (if anyone finds more, make sure to send them to us so we can update this), as well as if anyone has built similar structures. Of course, the top image also expands, as all the pictures on our site do.

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A Quick View of Fan’s Metal Cabin in Missouri

Cabins, Metal Buildings January 10, 2017

at Fan’s Metal Cabin in Missouri

A cabin the beautiful state of Missouri is the place for a family seeking a great view of nature and a bit of solace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This Metal cabin not only sits in the midst of perfect scenery, but also has everything a small to mid- sized family needs. It’s simple and minimalist on the outside but full of space within the interior.

This cabin is basically move-in ready. With two bedrooms, one being a large master bedroom and the other room for one or two small children, the layout is versatile. For singles or a couple, the extra bedroom can be used as an office, storage, guest room or nursery. This metal cabin also comes equipped with a laundry room/mudroom which is extremely convenient whether for a family or couple, especially living outside of the city.

If you are looking for a practical and comfortable home to live in, coupled with a touch of nature in the surroundings, then this metal cabin located in Missouri is definitely a top choice.

Some more information about this metal cabin:

Location:Missouri
Dimensions:  14′ x 60′
This home was built for Michael J. of Missouri

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

 

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These Amish style barn houses start at $5,400 and are built on site from $25,000

Cabins November 21, 2016

amish barn company

If you are familiar with the Amish community in the business world, then you are also probably familiar with their reputation for quality products. I love the craftsmanship of Amish architecture, and the phrase “made with love” comes to mind when admiring their work. They pay close attention to the details which results in an astounding structure. So, if you are in the market for a house, barn, shed, cabin, or garage then keep reading to find out why an Amish build is a great idea!

Details, details, details! They are the key factor to quality work. Of course, the Amish Barn Company understands this very well. They are based in upstate New York and have been providing customers with quality work since 2005. From small dog houses to large two story horse barns, the Amish Barn Company does it all! However, not all us have animals to attend to, so let’s look at one of their structures that we could all use. A home! Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway spot or a full time residence, these cabins are a great choice!

There are several styles of cabins to choose from. I will be highlighting a larger style called the Board and Batten Cabin with Loft! This is an A frame cabin featuring a really great front porch! The first thing you will notice when looking at this cabin are the beams that are used to accentuate the A frame roof and frame the porch.  As a single beam runs horizontally across the porch with three vertical beams connecting it to the top of the roof there is a subtle yet warm resemblance to the sun rise. This may or may not be intentional, either way this detail can certainly give a new appreciation for the design. The next thing you should notice are the windows. Windows are important because they fill homes with natural light and allow for some amazing views! The best part about this feature is that it can be adjusted to fit the clients needs. You will see in the pictures provided that one home has a small circular window on the second floor while the other has two large windows upstairs. It might be fun to do a set of double cross brace doors on this cabin and accent the front porch area with a large triangular window above them!

It’s hard not to notice the beautiful wood that makes this structure. Stain can be a homeowners best friend with this cabin! It will allow you to get the shade you like without sacrificing the grain of the wood used to build it. You will see in the pictures below that two different shades of stain were used. On one cabin, a red tint was paired with unstained porch beams to create more contrast to the home. Inside the cabin you will find a large space with a staircase that leads to the loft area. The interior is dependent upon the client, so there is a lot of room to adjust the space to meet your desires!

Some other details that this company covers can not be seen in the build. The Amish Barn Company works with customers to make owning one of their structures more affordable. This can be seen through their rent to own program. They also cover delivery for free to any locations within one hundred miles of their home base in Oneonta, NY! It seems that it is safe to say, this is a company who cares about their product as well as their clientele!

Here is a message from them to you! Amish Barn Company says, “Our single wide one story cabins start at around $5,400. Our built on site cabins start around $25,000. We custom quote all our projects. Please contact me at info@amishbarnco.com or call 607-432-0527 to design your own and for more information and pricing.”

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information about Amish Barn Company, find them in our home directory.

 

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Tiny Cabin Compound in an Old Quarry

Cabins October 5, 2016

Tiny Cabin Compound in an Old Quarry

Too many times we focus on the interior of a home but this tiny house says, “hey look at me”, even before you enter. The beautiful exterior of this tiny cabin is quite the attraction and will surely draw you inside to see the rest. The house is super modern with big bright windows to bring the outside in. Although it is technically a cabin, it is filled with all the amenities you need, along with a beautiful exterior design.

One of the main attractions is a sliding glass door that is the only thing separating the owners from the coziness of this cabin and the amazing sight of nature. The land this gorgeous house sits on, is also being renewed and nurtured so that vegetation can grow from what used to be an old quarry piece of land. This cabin sits among a small community of cabins in this area. The tiny house builders are bringing this area alive again, along with its once barren lands.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from other cabin builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more cabin, click here.

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Cozy Wood Cabins and Cottages

Cabins October 5, 2016

Cozy Wood Cabins and Cottages

Simple, rustic cabin designs. That’s what these guys seem to be about, and they give enough information about their product and their building process that it might make you guess they are trying to do their best to make a reliable product. These little cabins are by Montana Shed Center.

From the builder about this particular design:

A bit about the company and their products:

  1. Absolute Best Doors in the industry! Doors are the most susceptible part to be damaged on a shed.
  2. 40 Year **Warranty on our Metal Roof or 40 Year
    **Warranty Pabco shingle roof with metal drip edge.
  3. Superior Standard Dual Ventilation System.
  4. Standard framing is 16″ o/c with double top plates notched at the corners. (Economy Series and buildings under 8′ wide are 2′ o/c)
  5. 50 Year **Limited Warranty Engineered LP Siding with Premium Sherwin Williams DuraCraft paint.
  6. 5/8″ T&G Plywood Floor (CDX) not particle board.
  7. Extra Heavy Duty Standard Shed Floor System. Our standard floor loads are Engineer rated at 225 pounds per sq.ft. (over 40% better than other competitors.)
  8. Our Garage floors are 8″ o/c with Superior finish treated 3/4″ plywood which has more layers than standard plywood.

A bit about their building process: “This plywood is produced by gluing together sheets of veneer, with each layer being glued the opposite grain to the one below it. The result is a wooden sheet that is proportionally as strong as steel, without the weight that comes along with concrete or steel. Because of this strength, CDX plywood is the most popular choice for interior flooring, CDX plywood will stand up to many years of use and abuse without warping or breaking.”

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Montana Shed Center, and other log homes builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more log homes, click here.

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A Cabin Retreat Designed Different Generations (with Plans)

Cabins October 5, 2016

A Cabin Retreat Designed Different Generations (with Plans)

With a cabin retreat like this, you may be alone with no neighbors for miles.

This one is a retreat used by several generations of a family in Norway. It’s designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. There are 3 cabins in all, which provides 70 sq meters (753 feet) of floor space.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Reiulf Ramstad Architects and other cabin builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more cabin, click here.

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A Dream Cabin Home with a Beautiful Interior

Cabins October 5, 2016

This woodland cabin is designed to suit six people comfortably, with its two bedrooms, 2 baths, and then a spacious loft with a fold-out bed. The view from the interior of this house is of the treetops, since its perched up at 3,700 feet in North Carolina.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Glamping Hub, and other cabin builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more cabin, click here.

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Cabin Home Nestled in the Forest Has Enough Space for 4 Bedrooms

Cabins October 5, 2016

Cabin Home Nestled in the Forest Has Enough Space for 4 Bedrooms

For those of you wanting to get out into the woods and have some quiet time, feel nature around you, ignore the distractions of the fast-paced (and sometimes vapid) modern world, you might be considering a cabin like this one. Some people like small cabins, some bigger, some like simple styles, some more luxurious, and it isn’t always a question of budget, but rather just the house that will be what they’re looking for.

This particular one is a 953-square-foot cabin in the woods has enough space for 4 bedrooms, designed by Blythe Underwood Creek.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Blythe Underwood Creek, and other cabin builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more cabin, click here.

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