Bob Vila, noted building and home improvement specialist and TV host for almost three decades, recommends Conestoga Log Cabin kits as a low cost kit for the 21st century. Vila discusses the low maintenance logs and range of floor plans available.
Log Cabin: Perfect Hunting Cabin Kit
Hunters take their lodging seriously; in many instances they take pride in building their hunting cabin kit themselves. A Conestoga log cabin kit, with its straightforward installation, makes for a realistic building project for those with good general knowledge of construction. Various floor plans and options, such as a lean-to for keeping those quad-runners in the dry, provide unlimited possibilities.
One of the things to consider when building a log cabin is the log profile. The log profile refers to the shape of the timber used for the log cabin. Logs are stacked horizontally to construct the walls. Log profile defines the look of the log cabin. The log profile affects the overall appearance of the cabin. Some log profile options are Flat, Round and D profile. Log cabin kit manufacturers utilize all types of log profiles to build beautiful log cabins. Personal preference is the determining factor.
A comparison between cabin dealers and non-dealers
So you want to build a log cabin. Do you go straight to the manufacturer or go through a log cabin dealer? Are dealers beneficial to the consumer? Should the consumer take the brand into consideration when purchasing a new log cabin?
There is a lot to consider when purchasing a cabin such as features, durability, and price. The decision making becomes more difficult when trying to compare different offerings from different companies.
Many log cabin companies operate on a dealership model because it is cheaper for them to procure mass produced cabin kits and resell them to a consumer. It’s an industry standard similar to the automobile business. Everyone knows the brand and what it stands for.
Keeping your log cabin home warm and insulated requires regular maintenance. Your maintenance plan should include closing gaps in log courses. The two methods that are primarily used to close gaps are chink and caulk. Caulk is typically used when the gap is ¾ of an inch and chink is used when the gaps are larger. Both chink and caulk are designed to withstand the normal movement and settling of the cabin.
Modern chinking materials are more flexible than older cement based materials and are less likely to loosen over time. When done properly, chinking will last several decades. Proper chinking requires the use of a backing rod to provide joint insulation.