Whether it is a place to call home, a country getaway or just a bespoke studio in the bottom of your garden; a log cabin may be the perfect balance between home and nature. Tools and Preparation
The most important thing to have before you get started is a foundation, a level base. Attempt to use concrete if you can, using a level base is paramount to the safety and durability of the cottage. If you desire a lop-sided funhouse cabin that will fall down on your heads after a few days, then by all means skip this part. If you are convinced that you have a level base, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment;
Regardless of what you think, you can’t do this without education unless you are going for the’pile of wood on the floor’ approach. Getting Started
You will need to lay out the bearers which will outline the frame of the cabin. These ought to be treated against mould and decay as they’ll be in contact with the ground permanently. Look at 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 most important point is to make sure the bottom layer is fast to the bearers, or else you will discover the walls literally closing in on you. Before they collapse on you. Build the walls up to 6 or 5 logs high and then start on the windows and doors. Access
It’s important not to fix doors or windows to the wall wood, make certain you’re using frames for the two. Any adjustments can only be made for a fortnight after completion due to the shrinking and expanding of outside lumber. Ensure your frames overlap for additional 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
Make sure that you add the gable ends before the roof itself, as you need it to be sloping for rain. Build the roof in 2 sections, one slanting upwards from every wall and ensure that they all fit correctly. Roof covering is just there to protect the wood, go for practicality over style. You’ll rue your choice to go for quite blue over appropriate grey when there are puddles on your armchair. Finishing Touches All that’s left to do is treat and stain the wood. Fixing is essential, staining isn’t. You can opt for whichever paint colour you want but make certain you have the ideal coating to protect from the weather.