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.
We love hearing stories from our customers. Below is a story about the cabins purchased for Carolina Beach State Park and the history behind their names.
Here’s a few nice pics of our new cabins at opening in late-May 2016.
A little info on our naming of your beautiful cabins:
Yaupon (pronounce Yo-pon) is an evergreen coastal shrub and member of the holly family. Yaupon is common around the cabins site and has beautiful red berries over the winter. A dark tea may be made from the dried leaves and interestingly it is the only North American plant w/ naturally occurring caffeine. Native Americans used this tea in purge ceremonies and called it, “the black drink”.Continue reading →
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.
Caulking Log Walls
Chinking Log Walls
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.
Chances are if you’re a log cabin lover, you love being outside.
Designing the perfect log cabin shouldn’t stop at the inside. Consider how much your family would enjoy outdoor living spaces. All kinds of options, on all kinds of budgets, are available to maximize your cabin’s porch, patio or deck.
Let us create the cabin that will suit your life style. Each of our cabins are using the Everlast Log, a stronger and more durable solution. Our logs will resist better to movement, shrinkage and decay.
Assembling your home kit is easy. Each of our logs are pre-cut at our facility and labeled with a unique code. We will deliver your kit to your site along with the instruction manual and engineered drawings. Visit our Log Cabins and find the cabin of your dream!
Give us a call or fill out or contact form, a representative will be happy to answer all your questions.
Log cabin decks are made for relaxing, socializing end enjoying the great outdoors. By adding a deck, you extend your living space, while increasing the value of your log cabin. But before you rush off to the local hardware store to buy supplies, consider a few important factors. First, check with local zoning authorities to obtain the appropriate permits. Next you will want to consider:
Seriously consider where to place your deck. Do you want to take advantage of the view of a nearby mountain range or lake? Is it important to see the sunrise or the sunset? Will the blistering setting sun cook your guests at summer barbecues? Can it be conveniently located off the kitchen to ease outdoor dining? Since the deck will probably be in place for decades, make sure it’s where you want it.
How do you plan to use your log cabin deck? Grilling? Dining? Hanging out? Does it need to be enclosed and gated to corral kids and pets? Do you need seating built into the railing to capitalize on space? Does your deck need to have electrical access and be reinforced to support a hot tub? These considerations can impact size and shape.
Gone are the days when natural wood was the only option for log cabin decks. With more options come more decisions. When selecting a material, go with what suits the style of your log home, your personal taste and your budget.
Pressure treated lumber has always been the number one choice for deck material. It’s chemically treated to be resistant to insects and fungus. Unfortunately, it will take a beating from the elements and is very susceptible to splitting and warping. Regular power washing and sealing is required to keep mold, mildew and dirt at bay. Other natural wood choices include cedar and redwood. Both are beautiful, naturally resistant to rot and sturdier than pressure treated lumber, but cost three times more.
Made of wood fibers and recycled plastic, composite deck material is more expensive than wood up
front but requires less maintenance. In the long run, it will cost less. Although there is a wide range of colors and stains, composite does not have the look and feel of hard wood. It is weather and stain resistant
This material is all plastic, sometimes using recycled components. It will not crack or splinter and is resistant to decay. Plastic tends to be slightly more expensive than composite.
If you’re looking for a powerhouse and don’t care if it looks like wood, aluminum may suit your log cabin deck. Its tough, slip-resistant surface will not rust, rot, warp, splinter, crack or check. Aluminum is lighter than wood but stronger. You can find products with interlocking sections to prevent rain from leaking beneath. As the most expensive option, the biggest drawback is the price.
Lastly, personalize your log cabin deck. Of course you need table and chairs for outdoor dining. Throw down an indoor/outdoor rug to create an outdoor living room or conversation area. Create shade with a pergola with climbing plants. For more ideas on creating outdoor spaces, check out our blog on Outdoor Living Space.
You’ve made your last trip to the pool and you can almost feel the crispness in the air. Before the mall starts playing holiday music, there are a few things to do to maintain your log cabin. Continue reading →
We have been enjoying the cabin every weekend! Lots of family and friends up to visit to see our beautiful log cabin vacation home. The girls have learned how to ski and we are loving the view of the slopes. Everyone involved, especially Conestoga, has made this a pleasant experience and we are looking forward to many great memories.