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April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 154

Log cabins are simple homes that are built out of wood. They can vary in style from just a room or double story houses. Originally they were built with wooden logs that were easily and naturally available and the gaps between these uneven logs were filled with stone chips and mud. Moreover, horizontal logs were used for the roof. The cabins usually had an opening on the roof that was used as a chimney for the smoke to go out. In the colder regions the roof was covered with thick animal hide for providing extra warmth.

The log homes have undergone such drastic transformation that the only place now where the original cabins can be found is wood museums. It's wonderful to see how man has transformed a simple thing like wooden log so much over the years. Nowadays they are constructed out of manufactured logs of various sizes and shapes. They have uniform dimensions thus give a good finishing to the house. Some still prefer handcrafted log homes. In these logs cabins are made with hands and the logs are held together with tools like a synthetic chinking which is flexible in nature is used to seal the gaps between the logs. Some also use hand hewn method where notched corners along with chinking are used as a sealing for the gaps between the logs. Another very popular method used is called fully scribed; in this method the look created is of a flowing log on log look. The joinery used is similar to the one used for furniture. Logs of full length with notched fitted corners are used for this look. It is also known as the Scandinavian Scribed, Swedish Coped, or Double Scribed. The log cabins are also plastered from inside to give it a great finishing.

The log homes were initially built only in Scandinavian highlands and Eastern Europe. The European settlers took the concept of log homes to the various parts of the world. Log cabins were built as an out house or store house. Cabins slowly transformed into temporary shelters that were used at war frontiers and by settlers who were on the move. In today's Europe it is used as an extra room in the garden or sometimes as a home office and common area. Although the use has changed slightly there has been a major transformation in the style and design of cabins. It's no longer a humble retreat but has become a major style statement and has attained unimaginable dimensions. The most expensive and largest log cabin exists in Oklahoma and is priced at a whopping twenty eight million dollars. The highest cabin stands at Arkhangelsk it is about one fifty feet high and is an architectural wonder. An architect has designed the most unique log cabin in Poland, this house looks uprooted and kept out side down on the ground. It has become a great attraction.

Timeless and magical, is perhaps the only words that can be associated with cabins that has endured so many changes and is yet as comfortable a home as it used to be centuries back.

Check the FactoryCabins website for more information about building your own log cabin. Visit our log cabin blog for more information about timber buildings.

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