A log cabin that allows you to escape from the daily hustle and bustle of the city is a dream for many of us, but in order to have a relaxing environment and a really comfortable rest, you have to turn your head to see which log cabin could be the most suitable. This is because when choosing a residential log cabin, we try to take into account not only our own but also the needs of our family and reflect on many technical aspects that will help create the most comfortable environment and allow to enjoy a quality log cabin for many years. So, in order to find the answer to the question of which log cabin to choose, we asked Maestro Cabins professionals to consider 4 essential aspects.
1. Construction requirements for a log cabin
The first important thing that Maestro Cabins professionals recommend to pay attention – the legal requirements for the construction of a log cabins. They will be most influenced by the size and height of the cabin you choose. For different country and region requirements you should contact your local authorities.
It is important to note that the basement and terrace areas are not included in the total area calculations, and the attic area is not included in the total area of the building if it is not equipped.
2. The price of a log cabin
When considering what type of log cabin to build, a decision no less than the applicable legal requirements can be facilitated by a well-estimated construction cost. According to common practice, a quality log cabin can cost from € 14,000 to € 500,000, depending on its size, type and materials used for construction.
First of all, if you have decided to allocate a limited budget for the construction of a log cabin, Maestro Cabins engineers recommend choosing a ready-made project. In this case you will be sure of its final price. All our premade projects are fully customizable so you won’t need to make compromises.
Secondly, it is important to know that the final price of the house will also be affected by the type of log cabin chosen. Probably the most expensive variant of log cabins – wooden houses made of natural, large-diameter, hand-processed logs, which are suitable for use all year round, and are built on the basis of traditional technologies, usually by joining each log by an experienced craftsman.
From a technical point of view, the main advantages of such houses are particularly good self-insulation and air circulation, therefore, by additionally insulating this type of house, you will not only be able to use it all year round, but also enjoy extremely low operating costs. Such log cabins are usually tall, and their structures are based on overlapping beams. However, given the unique, long and wide diameter logs used in construction, it is not difficult to understand that the cost of such materials, and especially their preparation, increases the cost of the log cabin itself.
Another variant of log cabins, which is widespread due to the lower price, is glued beam residential cabins. Although glued and laminated logs are very similar to logs used for solid wood houses, log cabins made from them have several essential differences – they are not sensitive to changes in ambient temperature and humidity, so they are not prone to slippage. It is also important that this type of log cabin, due to the production process, less restricts the space and architectural solutions of the house, because gluing wood easily obtains the desired shape and length of the log.
The third aspect of the price of a log house is the wood from which your future log cabin will be made. Do not forget to take into account the fact that the economy of a glued beam house is not only contributed by the material that allows to save during the construction process itself. At Maestro Cabins we use the best raw material available: durable timber from Sweden, Finland and Siberia.
By choosing high-quality wood, its excellent insulation will retain heat for much longer than the economical variant of materials, thus reducing heat costs if you decide to use log cabin even in the cold season.
So, if you have a limited budget for building a log cabin, we recommend that you consider a glued beam house option.
3. The size of a log cabin
One of the key factors that can help not only to choose the most suitable log cabin, but also to significantly reduce the construction costs – the choice of the optimal area of a log cabin.
When considering what size your log cabin should be, it’s worth remembering that in a small space, some areas can perform a few functions i.e. a large and comfortable sofa in the living room can become not only a place to relax during the day, but also a bedroom bed at night, or table can be used not only for meals but also for work. This way you will have everything you need – a bedroom, living room, kitchen and work space, even if you cannot install many separate rooms due to lack of space. It is also important to mention that by building a smaller log cabin at the expense of a larger area, you will be able to install it better for your rest – you will be able to invest more in both the interior and household solutions.
4. Additional spaces and a terrace
Finally, when choosing a log cabin, it is also recommended to consider whether it needs additional space, such as balcony, basement or garage. No less than a comfortable rest, these rooms will affect the final estimate of the construction of a log cabin. For example, the cost of installing a garage will equal the installation of living space, and the installed attic will be counted in the total area of the house, so in this case a much more rational solution could be to install a carport.
A great way to expand the rest area of the residential log cabin without limiting yourself could be everyone’s favorite terrace. Usually, when choosing a log cabin, customers think in advance about how this space will fit next to it.
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