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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mount Weather, Va/ 2H camp
Re: Log Cabin pros and cons
We live in one that we purchased two years ago. It was built in the early 90's, and as I've mentioned in other threads, it's built like a tank. The gentleman that had it built clearly did not cut any corners, and cost was not a factor. Everything is top of the line. No matter what storms comes rolling through, I feel completely safe in this home. When you look at those beams and logs, and compare it to a cooker cutter home thrown up in a plan, you will see what I'm referring to.
The biggest con, and honestly about the only one I can think of, is the carpenter bees and the pileated woodpeckers. The bees bore the holes and the woodpeckers come and peck out the larva. It's incredibly frustrating. The damage that they do can be heartbreaking. We found spraying the bore holes at night when the bees go in them, and putting out fake owls has helped out the problem somewhat.
The pros are endless. You literally feel like your on vacation every day, and so does everyone who comes to visit. We live in a heavily wooded area in the mountains, so naturally it stays pretty cool. But the homes really insulate well in both the summer and winter. The stay cool, and stay warm.
As an outdoorsman, you will yearn to come home every day, and walk around your property to admire what you have. It's that fantastic.
If you go with an A frame style with the vaulted ceilings and a loft, you will lose a lot of heat up high. Ceiling fans you can reverse are critical. We heat with primarily wood but have a propane furnace as well.
I don't have a lot of experience from the building aspect, and I know they can be pricey to build, but to live in, it simply can't be beat. Vacation every day. You will find yourself needing to travel less and less.
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, while the rich man tosses and turns, worried about his possessions.