Nowadays, log homes have become very popular. A log cabin kit refers to a turnkey home that has all the materials needed to build a complete log cabin. But, the huge choice for lumber, types of logs, parts and log wall systems can be overwhelming for someone who hasn’t bought a log cabin before. This article will guide you everything in brief about Frontier log home cabin kits. A log home kit has all the key materials needed to build a log cabin. It usually includes log walls, flooring, roofing, windows and doors. They are sold by dealers for making a log cabin completely. Buying a log home kit lets you build a log cabin with the help of a stepwise framework to comply with building codes and permits.
Milled versus handcrafted log homes
There are many ways to customize a log home. A milled kit is a kit where every log has been machine processed with a lathe. Every milled log is the same to give your cabin a uniform look where the cabin needs limited chinking. The logs are smooth because of their machine finish.
A handcrafted or bespoke log home kit is where each log is scribed and peeled by hand with the help of chisel, chainsaw and draw knife. Every log is unique making a cabin look rustic and an old fashioned look. This offers more customizability and preserves the natural features of the log. A handcrafted kit will cost you more than the milled because there is labor involved.
Notching and chinking
A notch is a technique that helps in joining two logs together where the log walls meet. The most common ones are:
- Scandinavian Saddle Notch
- Full Dovetail Notch
- Butt and Pass Notch
- D Log Tongue and Groove
- Corner Post Notch
Chinking is a material that helps in sealing the imperfect joints of logs. Chinking builds a barrier between log cabin and elements to avoid air filtration and heat loss. Chinking was made from cement and lime, but for modern log cabins, chinking is a synthetically made sealant.
Types of lumber and log profiles
The most commonly used lumber are:
- Pine (White, Yellow and Red)
- White Cedar (Eastern or Western)
Cedar is deemed premium. A log kit can easily be made from hardwood. Cedar can also withstand weathering and is deemed a quality choice.
When it comes to log profiles, there are four of them:
- Round Log
- Square Log