Pros and Cons of Getting Your Own Log Cabin
By Space Coast Daily // March 11, 2020
If you have ever dreamt of living quietly by the lakeside or find solace in a serene environment by the mountains, perhaps owning a log cabin is perfect for you.
A log cabin is often situated in these peaceful environments, but you don’t have to necessarily live off-the-grid, because most log cabins are now equipped with the comfort of modern amenities.
Thus, you get to have the best of both worlds in terms of luxury, comfort, and serenity. To give you a better insight, here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of owning your own log cabin.
Pro: Energy Efficiency
A log cabin is undeniably energy efficient because, for one, wood has the characteristic to trap heat that relieves you of the problem of getting warm inside when the weather outside is extremely cold.
This also entails that the air conditioning unit or the central heater installed in a log cabin home is not pressed to its maximum operating power at most times.
According to the Official Loghouse website, there are even log houses which are specifically designed to suit the climate of its location.
Additional window seals, end trims, and sealants may even be added to further maximize the energy efficiency of the log cabin.
Since log cabins are energy efficient, it also follows that they are environmentally friendly. This is because oftentimes, the raw materials needed to build these homes are sourced from sustainable forests.
Sustainable forests are where trees are grown specifically for the purpose of being used as a raw material to build homes. Sustainable forests inhibit the risk that other forests may be depleted of its resources.
Con: Maintenance Needs
One of the primary concerns of those who own a log cabin is the maintenance upkeep of their homes. This is because, over a certain period of time, the logs that make up the home will most likely shift, expand, or contract, depending on the weather condition of the location.
Hence, settling is imperative because of these changes in the wood making up the structure of the house. You also need to caulk your home, sand, or stain it, from time to time to ensure that it is in its top shape. In line with these maintenance requirements, it will definitely be of an advantage if you have a reliable builder for your log cabin.
Another thing that may require a special maintenance process is preventing the infiltration of pests. Termites, as well as carpenter bees, which feed on wood love log cabins.
After some time, you might notice that your home is already weak and vulnerable because these pests have been feeding on it for too long.
Therefore, it is important to ensure that you perform thorough research and explore ways on how you will be able to keep these pests at bay.
Pro: Comfort and Coziness
While it is true that log cabins insinuate a simple and traditional way of living, modern log cabins have already integrated modern conveniences such as a fitted HVAC.
You also have the option of building your kitchen with contemporary appliances or integrate technology in your home such that your light can be activated through sensors, or your doors opened and locked by accessing the internet.
You don’t really have to sacrifice the conveniences that modern-day living brings if you opt for a log cabin because these technological innovations can very well be incorporated in the log cabin design.
On the other hand, you still get a cozy and warm feeling living in a traditionally designed log cabin. Nothing compares to the tranquility brought about by a serene and quiet environment, feeling bonded and attached to nature.
Consider this when you feel that you already had enough of the noise brought about by a busy city.
Con: Insurance Cost
True enough, established and reputable insurance companies will already have an insurance coverage plan for log cabins. However, the premium of these insurance packages may come with a hefty price tag.
This is because oftentimes, log cabins are situated in rural areas where the probability of a fire breakout is relatively high. In addition to this, insurance providers view cabin homes as high-risk properties because more often than not, these are located in remote areas where access to emergency services is limited.
Additionally, you may find that it is more difficult to sell a log cabin home should you wish to put it up for sale in the future. The reason behind this is that log houses tend to degrade faster compared to traditional home setups, especially if it is not maintained properly.
However, if the homeowners exert the extra effort to keep the value of their home, there is a great chance that they will be able to get a good price for their log cabin.
Pro and Con: Kit Assembly
It is of an advantage that log homes can be shipped and assembled in kits, with most of the materials shipped all at once. This supports the energy efficiency of the home because even before being structured up, the fuel costs and carbon emissions are already minimized.
It is important to ensure, however, that you have a good insight of what is included in the kit before you make an order because this may lead to the drawback of having log cabins in kit assemblies.
Most of the kits of log cabin homes are already fitted according to a pre-designed blueprint. However, there may be instances wherein the kits don’t fit perfectly, especially for certain customized log houses.
Thus, it is a good practice to read on customer ratings, reviews, and feedback when shopping for a kit.
The log cabin has been a symbol of U.S. presidential history since the early 19th century. At least six United States Presidents were born in log cabins, including Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, and James A. Garfield.
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