Whether it’s a place to call home, a country getaway or just a bespoke studio in the bottom of your garden; a log cabin may be an ideal balance between home and nature. Tools and Preparation
The main thing to have before you get started is a base, a level foundation. Try and use concrete if it’s possible, having a level base is paramount to the security and durability of the cottage. If you desire a lop-sided funhouse cabin which will fall down on your heads after a couple of days, then by all means skip this part. If you are confident that you have a flat base, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment;
Regardless of what you believe, you can’t do this without education unless you’re going for the’pile of wood on the floor’ approach.
2.) Getting Started
You will need to lay out the bearers which will outline the frame of the cabin. These should be treated against mould and decay as they will be in contact with the floor forever. Consider screwing these bearers into the concrete for additional safety. Slot-in cabin kits are quite straight forward, but the same rule applies for build from scratch projects. Ensure that each new layer is firmly attached to the bottom and does not overhang to make an unbalanced wall. The main point is to ensure the bottom layer is quickly to the bearers, or else you’ll find the walls literally closing in on you. Before they collapse on you. Build the walls up to 6 or 5 logs high and then begin on the doors and windows.
It is important not to fix windows or doors to the wall wood, be sure you’re using frames for the two. Any alterations can only be made for a fortnight after conclusion because of the shrinking and expanding of outside lumber. Make sure your frames overlap for extra security and to make them removable once you fix the inevitable mistakes that you’ve made! Once your windows and doors are in, build the rest of the walls to roof height. Topping It Off
Be sure you add the gable ends before the roof itself, as you need it to be sloping for rainfall. Build the roof in 2 sections, one slanting upwards from every wall and ensure that they all fit properly. Roof covering is only there to protect the wood, go for practicality over style. You’ll rue your choice to go for quite blue over suitable grey when there are puddles in your armchair. Finishing Touches All that is left to do is treat and stain the wood. Treating is essential, staining is not. You can opt for whichever paint colour you want but make certain you have the ideal coating to protect from the weather.