Building Your Log Cabin from Scratch

Did you know that you can build a cozy log cabin on your own? This is possible as long as you acquire the right materials; you have assistance and the appropriate instructions. One thing you should be prepared for is the fact that there will be a lot of physical work involved. This involves, felling, peeling, cutting, notching and lifting if you have to build it from scratch.

Some of the things you should do include; plotting your land, choosing a plan, getting professional advice on the type of logs to use, getting insurance, having a budget, knowing the ideal time to build and knowing how to give your cabin home a perfect finish.

Plan Your Log Cabin

One of the most important things you can do before starting the construction is having a full construction schedule detailing. It simply means planning your log cabin home. Keep your goals in mind; research on building techniques, log preparation, foundation, site clearance, construction and finalize your budget.


When it comes to selecting the best logs for your cabin, it’s imperative that you talk to a professional. This is because they will advise you on the most ideal ones depending on where you are building. For example while in Australia, Douglas fir and Redwood logs are highly recommended.

You need to know how many logs you will need and what size to have a budget. They should be strong, tall and straight. Once you have found the logs, it’s time to haul, fell, debark and dry them.

Set the Foundation

The foundation of your log cabin should be sturdy and durable. It needs to be able to withstand natural calamities such as earthquakes. This is a home you are building and a foundation is not a walk in the park. The size of the log cabin, local resources, the soil and land rock type as well as the land contours are some of the factors that will determine your log cabin foundation.  Pad foundation is considered as one of the best foundations.

Lay Your Logs

Decide on the ideal notching system for the cabin corners. You can opt for full scribed, corner post, butt and pass or full or half-dovetail. Some of these notching systems are easy even if it’s your first time constructing a log cabin. After the foundation, it is time to sill the logs and you should pick the best in terms of strength and length before installing the floor.

In the next step, you need to consider your notch technique as you build your log wall and this should be done as if there are no doors and windows.  Creating windows and doors is not complicated. When it comes to roofing there are several designs that you can choose from. For roof finishing, you can opt for traditional roof shingles, metal sheeting, thatched roof and roofing felt.

Exterior and Maintenance

This is an important part of the log cabin building. Wood is known to be vulnerable to rotting. You need to prevent this whether you live in a humid or cold area. First you need to remove pollen, dirt, dust and deposits which should be done by cleaning. Use clean water, a mild detergent and a soft bristle to clean. Leave it for two days before treating it.

The next step is to stain the logs which prevent UV rays. Although some notching techniques do not require you to chink, it is important that you do so. This helps in keeping off air and moisture infiltration. This involves filling splits, cracks and checks and sealing them with chinking. It also involves applying the chinking along the lengths of the log joints. A trowel should be used.