Log Home Plans

Log home plans have their roots in Colonial America. North America's early homesteaders cut timber and created homes with little more than an ax. These Frontier style log homes or cabins were one room and were no more than 10' wide. They typically included a loft area for sleeping. Because glass was not widely manufactured in America until the 1800's, many of the earliest American cabins were built without windows. Those having window openings used animal skins or sliding boards as coverings. Later, paper greased with animal fat to make it waterproof as well as translucent, was used as a substitute for glass.

Stones or rocks formed the foundation of the early settler's log home plans to keep moisture from the timbers. Logs were squared off and notched at the top and bottom of each end. The logs were then stacked, fitting the notched ends together at the corners. The gaps (chinks) between the logs were filled with 'chinking materials' such as wood chips, and then sealed off with mud, grass and straw to eliminate air and water infiltration. A dirt floor and stone fireplace were commonplace in early log home plans.

Nails were not used in Log House Plans. Large wooden pegs or trunnels (tree nails) were used to secure timbers and the frames of the doors and windows, hinges and so on. Windows and doors were cut after the walls were up and short blocks of logs were cut to support the ends. Additional straight limbs were ribbed into place to form the skeleton of the roof, covering it with tree limbs or thinner slabs of wood. Common roof coverings for early log house plans were shingles or shakes. Since most builders did not have the tools or skill to produce shakes, they covered their roofs with pieces of bark.

No longer are log home plans the rugged shelter they used to be. Current day Log Home Plans usually come in kits and incorporate all of the modern-day conveniences for comfort and efficiency. Logs are placed in a high temperature dry kiln that removes water and moisture and base logs are already grooved for your electrical wiring. There are several methods to alleviate insects and protect your log home from weather. Log home plan financing is not particularly difficult, but certain lenders are more familiar with the product and are willing to finance them.

Our log house plans range in size from the rustic cabin to the luxurious mountain lodge. Because our Log Home Plans are already drawn, you will be able to save thousands on architectural fees. Call or visit MonsterHousePlans.com now to select your perfect log home plan and have it delivered to your doorstep in a matter of days!


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