Gary, When I came up with this idea I researched everything I could find on the internet.
After I got started on this idea it really even amazed me that I came up with such a good idea and that it had not already been suggested. OK, I'm not totally convinced yet on the ebook idea but I will make a few of my booklets available on EBAY for awhile to those who may need more instruction. Great, I have to agree with everyone else, so simple, yet very well designed way of building.
T, Abviously this technique does not fit into the normal building codes but most areas are becomming more open to alternative construction methods. I'm including some small cabin plans and information about log cabins because they are very popular here in the west. Most log homes are cut and assembled at the manufacturing site to make sure everything fits together perfectly. There are many different options of appearance for both interior and exterior designs according to your taste. The two modular designs that follow are from Pine Tree Homes, A based in Hawley, Pennsylvania.
The "Rocky Mountain Log Cabin" A pic-tured A atA  right is from Spirit Cabins' Frontier Series.
The modular log cabins that follow are from Country Mountain Homes, lo-cated in Monterey, Virginia.
The log cabin office has seen a massive increase in sales over recent years in some countries! A log cabin office can provide the perfect dedicated work area in your garden, just a few steps from your house.
PlanningOne of the principle reasons log offices have grown so popular in countries like the UK, is the planning laws.
DesignsDesigns of garden offices do vary quite a bit, from the very basic to the very elaborate. InsulationThis is an important consideration, especially if you have cold winters where you are. Information on this website does not constitute professional advice & is only for guidance purposes. Subscribe to our E-zineThe next 100 subscribers will receive (when it is released) the first part of our new ebook free! View full sizeCourtesy of Nir PearlsonTheir new home, designed by architect Nir Pearlson, and built by Six Degrees Construction, is a jewel, with exposed structural wood, natural wood trim, and earthen plaster walls. Challenge: Design a sustainable hybrid timber-frame Mini Home that combines cozy spaces with an expansive character. View full sizeCourtesy of Nir PearlsonA double-insulated envelope shelters the interiors, while a super-efficient mini-split heat pump combined with an HRV provide heating and ventilation. Based on the Feng Shui principles of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open), Ming's essential personal activities of study, sleep, and meditation, are distilled into a compact, eight-foot cube.
These rough cut sawmill cants are roughly 3x4 inches.If the sawmill cuts hardwoods you are in real luck.
Then they are dismantled and hauled to the building site where they are permanently put together. A log cabin not only represents the beauty of the wild and the value of Independence and thrift, but also the spirit that founded our nation. Working from home has never been so easy as it is now and the internet has opened up a world of opportunities for working at home. Keeping far enough away for the distractions of home not to intrude on your work life, an office like this works much better than trying to use a room in the house. Most people can construct a reasonably sized separate home office in their garden without the need for planning permission. Again, your budget will influence what is possible to a certain extent, but there are certain design features which may be more applicable to you.
Many log cabin office buildings are sold without insulation, but if you aim to go right through long, cold winters, you really must consider insulation. Unfortunately, the only information on them is where each house was located, and where the photo is from, clues that with luck can help you track down more information. He was often forced to juggle his desk, closets and other hefty personal furniture to accommodate over 30 students. This mobile dwelling unit allows him to freely reconfigure the loft to suit his popular classes while securing his personal realm. All rights reserved (About Us).The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Oregon Live LLC.
However I know that in many areas there will be an issue not yet mentioned here when applying for a permit to erect a residence using this technique.More and more areas in the country are requiring submitted home or cabin plans to meet minimum energy use codes.
It sure didn't used to be that way.If you're planning a log cabin be sure to use logs from local manufacturers because the local species of trees that grow will weather the best in your environment. Beautiful by any standard, energy-efficient and environmentally sound, log structures are the yardstick by which lasting value is measured.


Name Mail (will not be published) Website Facebook Discussions on Prefab Homes With Prices How Much Are New Brakes Prefab House Prices Cheap Prefab Houses How Much Cost To Build House Modular House Prices Cabin Kits Wooden Houses Prefabricated Log Homes Prefab Homes MaineJoin the discussion on this Prefab Homes With Prices How Much Are New Brakes Prefab House Prices Cheap Prefab Houses How Much Cost To Build House Modular House Prices Cabin Kits Wooden Houses Prefabricated Log Homes Prefab Homes Maine using your faceb??k account below.All contents published under GNU General Public License. Working at home sound like a wonderful idea, but as many people find out, in order to make it work properly, you really need to separate work and home a little. Log offices also provide a calm and warm environment from which to work and if you need to bring clients to your office, they can create a good impression too! This, in many cases, is much easier than building an extension, and a separate building is much more appealing anyway.
You will also want to think about where you are locating your office and which way it faces. Whilst it might add a little to your initial build cost, the additional warmth, comfort and the significant saving in heating costs will soon outweigh this.
He sought an unconventional design solution to gain more space for his classes and streamline loft reconfigurations, while preserving his personal space.
The compact study and bed niches provide him a sense of coziness missing in the open industrial space. I know some of the local sawmills, and can get cherry, oak and walnut cants for about the price of a 2x4, and they will just give me poplar and softer lumber for about $20 a pickup truck load. If your area has this requirement three layers of 2x material will not come close to meeting those codes. If you live a long distance away from the log manufacturer, be sure to ask what type of log sealant is best for the type of logs used and also what is best for your local environment. Like all too many skills once handed down from parents to children, however, the art of homebuilt structures like these has atrophied in the age of affluence and cookie-cutter developments.
We made the mistake of having too much glass on our south facing wall, so in the summer we need to run air conditioning a lot to keep it cool!
For more, go to his Moonlight Chronicles website; his other works are for sale for a small price. The high-capacity casters allow Ming to orient the Cube towards auspicious directions based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The planing type or coping method will determine how the logs fit together and it will also have a lot to do with the overall price of the cabin. The Simple, liberating fact is that YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN HOME—this home—for about $30,000 (in 1999), even if you end up having to buy the logs. There is a calculator available online for calculating whether or not a plan meets energy code. No mortgages, no lifelong servitude to the "variable interest rate," just a simple home that you will be proud to take food and rest in. The plans in the image gallery are real blueprints for MOTHER'S Hardy Cabin, just waiting for an enterprising builder to transform them into the dream of a lifetime.
The permit department required the plan data to be run through the calculator and a printed out page from the program submitted with the request to approve the plans. Earl Hardy is a residential designer with more than 1,200 homes under his belt, several of which are custom log homes.Notes on ConstructionStart by taking your plans around and getting bids from at least three suppliers for foundation, logs, plumbing, etc.
The idea is to make sure you have enough money to cover all the bases, plus 10% mare far unforeseen expenses.
The Hardy cabin can be built in as little as one to two weeks if you gather all the materials to the site and have the foundation installed in advance, so that you' re ready to build when all the materials arrive.
The real factor with log structures is their thermal mass and my walls are as thick as many log home kits. It is wise to secure the location where you will be storing the materials to prevent them from "walking off the job" Materials are not cheap and you don't want to loose anything to then.
Unless you have experience with foundations and are familiar with site preparation and concrete, sub this part out to local contractors, who can get you started on the right footing. If you can build on high, well-drained ground, or even solid rock, your foundation will remain firm forever. The minimum log wall thickness in the calculator is 5 inches so I used that instead of the 4.5 inches that would be three layers of 2x material. After clearing the site and excavating the places where the piers (or footers) will go, form and pour the column (pier) bases, inserting the required reinforcing bars (called "rebars") per your plans. Be certain to pour the bases at least 18" below the frost line (check with your area building department for local depth requirements). Code was not fulfilled until the log thickness was increased to a 12 inch thickness.Just something that was not mentioned yet, but I thought important.
Fill the empty cells with rebar, anchor bolts or straps, and concrete as called for on the plans.
Using the plans as a guide, install the plates that go on top of each pier as shown on "Concrete Block Pier Detail" (page 40).
Next, lay out the perimeter and center beams and secure them together with metal connectors and screws recommended by the manufacturer. Secure them to the pier plates with locally approved metal connectors, or straps with matching fasteners.
Once you have the center and perimeter beams in place, install the metal joist hangers 16" on center and hang the floor joists on them.


Now that you have the floor framing completed, install the tongue and groove sub floor sheathing at right angles to the joists. To prevent floor squeaks, run a bead of construction adhesive down each board before applying the sheathing. If you have access to electricity, an air compressor with a nail gun can pop the sheathing on in no time.
Be careful to purchase your logs from a manufacturer recommended by local building authorities or your local lumber yard. Make sure the logs are aged two years or more, or kilndried to local requirements for log moisture content. Note that some settling will occur over time and you may need to compensate for this when building partitions or hanging cabinets.
This usually can be done by chain-sawing a kerf in the logs for cabinet parts or paneling to slide along (for round inside logs only). Some builders hang a threaded rod from rafters or trusses to secure cabinets or partitions from above. Some folks use to seal any imperfections in rougher cut logs and to prevent infiltration of the elements. Many log manufacturers discourage the use of chinking, due to yearly maintenance or replacement requirements.
These manufacturers machine the logs with rabbets and grooves to eliminate the need for chinking.
Some prefer square logs (or "D" logs), which feature a flat inner surface, making them easy to finish or stain. Erect the log walls as recommended by your supplier, making sure not to skip any lagging or jointing that needs to be done to hold the logs in place and keep them straight. Most truss manufacturers have erection crews, who come out with a boom or crane to set them upon delivery. It is recommended that a stringer (usually a 2 x 4) be nailed near the top inside of each truss to hold each one in place until the roof sheathing can be applied.
Install metal flashing around all roof penetrations, such as plumbing vents, chimneys, or skylights. Next, install the decking, posts, railings, and bracing, using metal brackets made for that purpose and available at your local hardware store, lumber yard, or building center. Caulk or insulate around each window or door frame to prevent whistling, energy waste, and unwanted air and moisture infiltration. Simply knock out the support sticks that hold the jambs in place once the doors are secured. Next, build your partitions, using 2 x 4s, 16" on center with double top plates and single bottom plates as required.
It's usually surprisingly simple to finish the inside, now that the heavier work has been done. Most plans have a 2 x 6 plumbing wall to allow the extra room needed for plumbing fittings like "tees and elbows." It also is handy for built-ins like medicine cabinets. Have a local plumber help you with this, though it is relatively easy to do it yourself with plastic piping. WiringRunning the wiring to electrify your cabin can be tricky, depending on your log type. You may want to run your wiring in the floor or inside of partitioning rather than in or on a log wall. Have a licensed electrician build your weatherhead and service entrance, or at least get him to show you how to build yours and what parts to get. All circuits run the same game plan all the way back to the main breaker box and connect with a single screw supplied in the box.
Install the outlet boxes first, then run the wires to the boxes through holes drilled in the center of partition studs. Once wall coverings and ceiling coverings are in place, install the light fixtures, ceiling fans, outlets, and cover plates to complete the job.
Make sure your, power company is the one to "turn on the juice" for the first time, after your work has been inspected, approved, and given the Green Sticker. Insulate your cabin attic (and floor cavity) with at least R-30, though most local codes only require R-19.
The more you have,, the less energy you will waste and the more money you'll save in the long run. To complete your cabin, install the cabinets, finish flooring, and add interior finishes like paneling or drywall.



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