If you’re looking to get your own log cabin built but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’d rather choose a plan or design your own, this post covers some of the best resources to help you start shopping for log cabin plans!
Energy-Efficient Log Cabins
In the 21st century, log cabins remain popular with home buyers who share
the pioneers’ independent spirits. However, today’s quality materials and
good construction techniques have turned notoriously drafty log cabins into
energy-efficient homes. When properly built and sealed, full log walls have impressive thermal mass.
This enables the walls to absorb heat throughout the day and release it
evenly afterward. This will gradually reduce your winter heating bills. In the
summer, the air-conditioned air stays inside the home, helping to keep your
Finding Log Cabin Plans
If you’re planning to build your own log cabin, choosing your plan
is the first step in the process. Besides two popular Internet-based options,
you may find plans locally at certain retailers.
Log Home Manufacturers
Numerous log home manufacturers invite potential clients to browse each
company’s online portfolio of log cabin plans. Viewers can sort by square
footage, style, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. If the
existing log cabin plans don’t meet your needs, most companies provide an
online design tool that enables you to modify an existing design.
Depending on the software, you can move walls, add doors and windows,
and even place virtual furniture in the rooms. You may even be able to
design your log cabin from scratch. Professional design assistance is also
Two independent online resources also have free log cabin plans to share.
Designs run the gamut from small-space log cabins to multi-level homes
with numerous amenities.
Log Home Living Magazine
A respected industry authority, Log Home Living Magazine offers hundreds of
free online log cabin and log home plans. In addition to interior layouts, the
interactive package enables you to see interior and exterior photographs of
Architectural Log Cabin Designs
Browse through 195 log home plans on the Architectural Designs online
portfolio. Sort by plan type, total heated area, home dimensions, number of
floors, and foundation type.
Log Cabin Plans Books
When you’re shopping at your local home improvement store, view the
magazine and book displays, often located at the front of the store near the
checkout stations. Depending on the region, you may find books of log cabin
plans for sale.
Log Home Design Tips
If you haven’t found any appealing log cabin plans, you may decide to
design your own log cabin. To maximize your square footage, view several
helpful tips from experienced home designers serving on the Log and Timber
Homes Council. This Council operates in conjunction with the National
Association of Home Builders.
After you finalize the design, work with a well-regarded builder to construct
your home. Then, look forward to enjoying many happy years in a log cabin
of your own.
Check out 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Log Cabin for more information to consider before buying or building your own log cabin.