Building a log cabin can be a fun and exciting venture. There are plenty of ways to customize it to your preferences, and this type of home can feel so cozy and inviting, especially in the cooler months.
It is easy to get carried away or overwhelmed by all of the possibilities for your log cabin, so here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you plan and construct the log cabin of your dreams.
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1. Keep It Simple
When constructing a log cabin, simplicity is often a good choice. Consider choosing a simple, open concept floor plan to make the interior of your cabin feel more spacious.
Although this may seem like an underwhelming decision, a simple floor plan leaves so much versatility for styling and decor once your cabin has been built.
Additionally, remember that you do not have to adorn your home with the most elaborate finishes. Find compromises when it comes to fixtures, windows, and doors while choosing energy-efficient options.
Remember that you can add and update finishes and fixtures later. Your home’s decor is rarely a finished job! When you’re ready to update your home with a remodeling project, reach out to a trusted contractor.
2. Take Time To Choose The Best Roof For Your Log Cabin
While choosing a roof for your log cabin may not seem like the most exciting or important decision, there are several important factors to take into consideration that will improve your home’s style and durability.
First, consider how different roof styles will complement your home’s construction. You might also consider the trends and popular choices in the region in which you live.
From classic gable or hip roof styles to trendy and unique gambrel and pyramid styles, there are many roofing styles and shapes to consider for your log cabin.
“Additionally, you should consider the material that will best suit your home, your budget, and the climate where you live. The traditional roofing choice for a log cabin is shingles.
This is the most cost-effective option, and there are a variety of shingle styles out there that can be customized to complement your cabin’s aesthetic. Shingles are also a durable and low-maintenance roofing material.” – Jeff Guthrie, Professional Roofing Contractor
Metal roofing is another option for log cabins that is gaining popularity. Metal is a durable and lower-maintenance option, but these benefits may come at a higher price point.
A popular log cabin exterior style at the moment is the combination of dark brown-stained wooden siding paired with a forest green metal roof. This pairing gives the cabin an earthy and rustic, yet industrial vibe.
Other roofing material options include faux cedar shake and slate, which are popular in specific regions and will give your home a unique look.
3. Invest in High-Quality Exterior Stain
The wood stain for the exterior of your log cabin can make or break the look of your new home.
This is one material for your home that is worth a more costly investment.
Choosing a high-quality exterior stain will decrease the frequency in which you need to re-stain your cabin’s exterior, although this should be done every 3 to 5 years.
Also, when choosing a color for your cabin’s exterior stain, keep in mind that darker stains will be more durable and provide better protection from UV rays.
4. Consider Faux Stone Accents
Stone is often a popular accent for fireplaces and woodstoves in a log cabin, but a true stone fireplace can be a major project and investment, as reinforcements in your flooring are required to support real stone accents. Instead, consider opting for faux stone accents.
There are many options available that create an authentic stone look at a more budget-friendly cost.
5. Save Excess Materials To Use For Your Interior Design
The interiors of log cabins often feature wooden accents to complement the exterior of the home and create a rustic style.
One way to save a few pennies is to save excess siding and materials to add beautiful wooden accents to the interior of your cabin.
Some gorgeous interior accents that could be created using excess wooden material include elaborate balconies, rustic wooden headboard or four-poster bed frames, and ceilings with wood beam accents.
6. Consider Your Usual Style
While log cabins most often feature a rustic interior and exterior style, you should find ways to customize the log cabin look to your usual style preferences.
If you prefer modern and industrial decor, consider adding these accents to your home.
If you enjoy bright and airy spaces, consider opting for lighter wood and white accents.
While log cabins are thought to have a specific predetermined style, don’t be afraid to experiment with your decor and construction, and customize your cabin into a home that you will love and enjoy for years to come.