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5 Things to Consider When Designing a Log Cabin Home

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Each year thousands of Americans fulfill their dream of building their very own log home. More people than ever are choosing the efficiency and affordability of a log home kit rather than going with a completely custom build.

Today’s log cabin kits offer incredible choice, with hundreds of designs and layouts to choose from. You choose the best model and floor plan for your needs and lifestyle, and the shell package is delivered to your site in sections.

Since log home kits have already been expertly engineered and designed, there’s no need to hire an architect.

Log cabin homes are popular in every state, from Alaska to Florida, but here are some of the hotspot locations for new log cabin builds:

  • North Carolina – Southern culture meets mountain adventures in North Carolina, one of the country’s most beautiful states—and a prime spot for log cabin dwellers.
  • Tennessee – With affordable land and an abundance of lush green forests and woods, people are scrambling to build log cabin homes in Tennessee.
  • Montana – Easy access to Yellowstone National Park and an abundance of outdoor recreation make Big Sky Country an ideal location for cabin builds. Land goes for as little as $2,000 an acre.  

What Does a Log Home Cabin Kit Include?

The contents of a log home kit vary depending on which log home kit manufacturer you choose, but most kits will include a complete set of drawings and plans (blueprints) and the pre-cut and numbered logs.

More complete kits may also include things like windows, interior and exterior doors, interior and exterior stairs and railings, interior partition framing, and a partial or complete roof system.

Building a log home with a kit takes around 3-4 months on average. Reputable log home cabin kit manufacturers will work closely with your builder or general contractor to accommodate your construction schedule. 

If you’re planning to build a log cabin home—whether as your primary residence or a vacation getaway—the infographic below outlines some of the most important things to consider during the planning stage.

Designing a Log Cabin Home Infographic