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A Series on Log House Building, #1


I’ve been asked to show more log house pictures. That’s going to be fun, because I’m going to give it to you from the beginning. If you want to follow it, you can ‘Search’ the key words and a number.

Although I have a fear of sounding editorial, I first truly want to tell you the ‘why’. Personally this starts back with my Grandma’s house, but my desires evolved over the years, by my ‘run-in’ with drywall, my desperate measure to find any place to live other than a trailer, and especially by the sight of those marvelously gorgeous log homes I have gawked at in awe and amazement. I’m not alone in the gawking. The little (I mean 12′ x 24′- not including the porch) cabin I sold when I moved into my existing log house proved that point.


Our Small Log Cabin


 I had so many callers on my ad for it, I had to keep track of them on lined pages! Hardly any of the interested parties could afford anything bigger, but they would be very happy with a log cabin no matter how small. It helped that I had an antique stove to go with it. It was getting past its time. The fire-box was well used. It still worked though. The biggest problem was to move it. They are so heavy that I didn’t want the challenge. I’d found out that they made new ones – what welcome surprise! It was getting very hard to find a  relic that had everything – a good fire-box, an oven door that closed, and a water reservoir that didn’t leak from rust.



Antique Wood Cook Stove

Notice the outhouse in the bush?

I liked log houses as far as looks goes, but had always been told that they were cold and dirty. I investigated the ‘R-values’. Conventional home builders told me that a log house has no R value. That bothered me at first until I came to realize that they are somewhat right. A log house’s ability to retain heat can’t be measure in that way. It’s more like a tight container. In another way they were wrong, because once it is warmed up it retains that heat in the wood for a time, slowly giving it back. It doesn’t let heat in or out unless you open something. The logs will accept and release moisture naturally if they aren’t covered with the wrong coating. What I’m saying is that they can still be very warm. Ours is easier to heat than most homes.

Are they dirty? Yes and no. Round logs have a partial horizontal face. If there is dust around then it will easily fall and stay there. When we ended up building a square log house, most of this problem was bypassed. The biggest dust/dirt maker in my house is the wood cook stove. The ashes in combination with the wood storage makes work.

Our first little cabin on this site was supposed to be temporary, but nevertheless I ended up in it for a few years. I was never so happy and content with its coziness. It really was a one room affair but I put the table and appliances in the middle as part of the kitchen to split the area. The back area I covered with closets with mirrored sliding doors to make the space seem larger. In the kitchen I had a cistern on one end of the kitchen counter with a hose attached and a valve so that I could easily drain water into the sink or elsewhere. It took no time to sweep the wood floor, do the dishes and everything looked neat. The rest of my belongings other than one love seat and a seat at the entrance containing gloves and outdoor attire and what would fit in the closets or  kitchen cupboards was kept in storage elsewhere.

I eventually discovered that I didn’t have much need for the stored belongings. I was happy with the simplicity of having just a few things. I was stunned at how little stress I had. I didn’t know how much it had built up in my life since the last time I lived in a cabin. I felt like staying in my safe and humble wood hut forever. Hubby didn’t think so because he couldn’t stretch his feet out on the fold-out love seat.


Bedroom in the back end


In the beginning I recall that Hubby gave me the option of living in a tiny cabin or a trailer for short-term accommodations. He wanted the trailer. I wanted the cabin like crazy. That was one discussion that I’m glad I won.


A trailer instead of a cabin?








The trailer could have been 5 times as big and wouldn’t have made me so comfortable or delighted.

Living in a cabin feels like being wrapped in a homemade quilt.

Living in a trailer is like living in a tin can.


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One Response to “A Series on Log House Building, #1”

  1. sherry says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t know why this post doesn’t allow comments. WordPress can be spooky at times!