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Log cabin designs: What you should know

by Ted Stumpf 05/07/2023

Log cabin designs have come to the forefront of architectural trends by offering homeowners a rustic, comfortable aesthetic in a busy modern world. From craftsman to contemporary, log cabin floor plans come in many styles and layouts to fit the needs of today’s homeowners.

The unique construction, appearance and characteristics of these stylized house floor plans make it an attractive option for those considering new construction.

However, there are many factors worth considering before you take the next step in your log cabin journey. Here are some of the most important things to know about cabin plans and construction:

Style options for cabin plans

While a certain design might come to mind when you think of log cabins, no two cabin house plans are exactly alike. There is potential for style differences in multiple aspects of the home, such as the specific trees the logs came from and the methods used to stack them into walls.

One major choice of style in cabin plans comes from the difference between sawn logs and milled logs. Sawn logs are always sawed in consistent widths, though they can have a unique appearance due to age and natural wood grain. Milled logs are put into a mold to achieve carefully regulated sizes and shapes, which creates a more uniform aesthetic.

As for cabin floor plans, there are plenty to choose from. While cabins traditionally emphasize casual indoor-outdoor living spaces like covered porches and open kitchens, you have the freedom to pick the style of interior you prefer.

Maintenance for cabin plans

The rustic style of a log cabin house plan celebrates the sense of nostalgia for a simpler age. However, for modern homeowners, this does not necessarily mean building and caring for a cabin is easy. In fact, certain aspects of maintenance and utility installation can be more difficult than other styles of modern home.

One major example is pest control. Relying on natural wood logs for construction includes the risk of unknowingly including insects in your household. To prevent uninvited guests, it’s crucial to inspect the exterior of your home regularly for any sign of infestation.

Natural wood requires staining and refinishing over time as the elements gradually take their toll. Some cabin experts recommend reapplying wood finish to your entire exterior every three to five years. Gaps can also occur between logs due to moisture and temperature changes.

Is a cabin house design right for you? For many, the benefits of these house plans far outweigh the extra effort and possible maintenance issues. Others may decide they prefer to incorporate the rustic floor plans into their existing homes.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!