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Everything You Need to Know About Log Cabin Kits


by FindPreFab.com | 09/25/2007

Purchasing log cabin kits is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to build log homes. However, before committing to buying a log cabin home kit, it is a good idea to learn a bit more about log cabins and all of the options available, including the types of logs.

The log cabin kit you purchase today actually has a long history behind it. Log cabins were a popular home-building method of choice for centuries in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia-all areas where timber is plentiful. Scandinavian immigrants brought their love of log homes to America in the 1700s. Until the 1920s, log cabins were all made from hand-hewn logs, but around that time milled logs were introduced.

Today, the person who buys log cabin home kits has many things to decide upon. One of the things you will want to consider when looking at log cabin kits is the type of logs you prefer. Although some log cabin home kits utilize handcrafted logs, which are not machine processed, most log homes are built with milled or machine-profiled logs. These logs are more uniform, efficient, and easier to use. Thus the price of your log cabin kit will be a bit more reasonable with milled logs. There are many more options available with milled logs, and they also require less intensive work.

If you, like most purchasers of log cabin kits, decide to use milled logs, you still have other details to consider. Milled logs are processed using several different methods, each of which results in a different level of quality in the final result.

  • Green Timber.These logs are bought directly from being cut to be milled. They have a high moisture content.
  • Air Dried Timber.Some prefer to allow the logs to sit outside and dry naturally for a few months before milling them. This requires, of course, that the processor has plenty of space in which to let the logs dry, and also takes more time.
  • Kiln Dried Timber.Another way to process logs is to dry them artificially, through the use of a large kiln, or oven. This significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to dry the logs, but can also result in cracks.
  • Glue Laminated Timber.This is a process of cutting logs into boards and then gluing them back together again.

A good way to familiarize yourself with all the options available in log cabin kits is to do some research online. You will find many companies that sell log cabin kits and have done so successfully for years. You can look through their sites and start to get an idea of the vast array of styles that you can opt for when choosing a log cabin kit.

Some of these companies also present log cabin show houses in various locations. These should be mentioned prominently online, and with a little research, you might be able to find a show house near you. There is no better way to decide upon a log cabin home kit than to view the finished product!

Log cabin kits are a convenient way to get the house of your dreams. Armed with a little knowledge about logs and how they are cut and dried, you will be able to find the perfect log cabin home kit for you needs.


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