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Log Cabin pros and cons

For those that have them...Im interested in hearing the pros and cons...
Leaning towards a 2 story 4 bedroom with poured basement.
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Re: Log Cabin pros and cons

I do not have one, but I have a few friends that do. Their biggest complaint has been battling the bugs. If you don't keep up with treating the wood, you could have some issues.

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Re: Log Cabin pros and cons

We almost went that route but
Pricey, labor intense and up keep kept us away
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Re: Log Cabin pros and cons

Not sure where you are located but finding someone to build it can be problematic. My brother had one built in clearfield county and he had to resort to out of state builders. Make sure whoever you purchase your kit from they have positive reviews of reputable builders in your area
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Re: Log Cabin pros and cons

I would agree with the bug comment. Hard to keep up with the carpenter bees, wasps, etc that seem to find every crevice to build. Pro - can't beat the look of real logs. The cool factor never wears off. We finished our build btw 3-4 yrs ago and every time we are there or we bring someone there you can't help but enjoy the uniqueness of logs.

The place we bought our kit from had a very reasonable contractor that put it under roof for us. I subcontracted the electric, rough plumbing, and excavating. Handled the interior stud walls, flooring, baths and kitchen myself or with help of friends.
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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.

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Bears love to mark their territory with the corners of mine. All 4 corners have been clawed and chewed and used as a scratching post. Only happens in June and early July(mating season). I have to put boards with nails in them on the ground by my corners. This is in Clinton co.
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Re: Log Cabin pros and cons

Alot of very good info!
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My buddy has one - it's bugs and staining or water proofing. He is going to have someone sandblast it with corncobs. When he asked how much it was going to cost I figured $15K. When he told me $36K I'm glad I have brick.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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My buddy has one - it's bugs and staining or water proofing. He is going to have someone sandblast it with corncobs. When he asked how much it was going to cost I figured $15K. When he told me $36K I'm glad I have brick.
does the blasting remove the previous staining?
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