There’s a lot to keep in mind when you’re building a log cabin. Especially if this is your first time putting together a wilderness getaway, you’re going to need a helpful guiding hand to steer you away from all of the little pit-falls that come with the project.
Though there are a number of places from which you can buy floor-plans and construction instructions, nothing beats first-hand experience. That’s why we here at Tru Log have put together a few tips and tricks from the pros! Though this list is by no means comprehensive, it’s a great place to start.
An ounce of prevention…
If there’s one thing that professional log cabin construction companies say about individuals’ projects, it’s that you have to plan ahead. That doesn’t just mean what you’re building where– rather, you’ve got to think about what you’re building when!
Storage, preparation, and staggered construction needs can save your build project a whole world of trouble. For instance, did you know that one of the reasons building projects settle is the loss of moisture in the lumber? In dry conditions–like building in the Rocky Mountains–your project can lose up to a couple of inches of linear structure due to moisture loss. While that may not sound like much, even a little bit of movement in a fundamental part of your cabin’s structure can mean serious damage.
While most construction professionals take this into account, it’s something that you can never be too careful with. Proper storage of building materials will keep them strong and safe, and ensure your cabin stands for decades. Think about where you’re keeping fresh lumber, how much space you need for drying, and where and when you need access to each location.
What about after construction is done?
Time and time again, professionals will tell you that keeping your log cabin safe from the elements is essential to keeping it in good shape. If you want it to stick around, make sure that the logs are out of the way of moisture, wind, and direct sun. If you’re using a sprinkler system, keep it well clear of the walls. Make sure that the roof overhangs the wall by quite a bit, to keep precipitation and snowmelt clear of the logs. If there’s one thing that professionals agree on, it’s that you need to keep your logs clean and dry!
If you’re worried about upkeep, that’s okay! Tru Log’s steel log siding cuts out the middleman, letting you enjoy your wilderness retreat without the full-time upkeep. If you’re worried that your construction project is exposed to the elements, then take a look at what Tru Log can do for you. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have— Tru Log is here to help!