Advantages and disadvantages of owning a wooden house

For many people, their dream home is a log cabin tucked away in the woods, or a luxurious log cabin overlooking a lake, where they can snuggle next to a roaring fire in a fireplace. Be it a small cabin or a townhouse, many people dream of owning a log cabin!

However, many people are surprised to learn that there is also a special focus on being a log cabin owner. Pests, deposition/shrinkage and unknown maintenance requirements are some of the items that can be intimidating to buyers at first.

Like any home, there will always be maintenance and upkeep, so don’t let that discourage you. Here is a list of the pros and cons of owning a log home. You may want to factor these into your decision whether owning a log cabin is right for you.

Benefits of Owning a Log Cabin or Cabin

Energy efficient – Because of the thermal mass of wood, which is responsible for the wood’s ability to store and release heat during the day and night, log cabins are excellent at saving energy and maintaining temperatures. This way you keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter without being so heavily dependent on air conditioning and central heating. They are generally considered to be anywhere from 2.5% to over 20% more energy efficient, when properly built and caulked, compared to an identical timber frame home.

Log cabins fit into the “green” lifestyle – If being environmentally conscious is important to you, going with wood is a good choice. Builders today tend to use logs from sustainable forests to ensure they don’t deplete forests that are already in trouble. Combined with the energy efficiency referenced above, this means they are very “green”.

Traditional charm with modern comforts – many people like log cabins because they think of a simpler way of living. In today’s homes, you can keep that traditional charm while adding the modern conveniences that many of us don’t want to live without – beautiful modern kitchens with all major appliances, central heating and air, open floor plans with vaulted ceilings, even integrated technology. Offering comfort and convenience in the rustic setting you’ve dreamed of, these offer you the best of both worlds.

Solid, safe houses that are beautiful, cozy and quiet. Wooden walls are also natural sound insulators, giving you a well-built home with an unparalleled sense of security.

Possible Disadvantages of Owning a Log Cabin or House

Maintenance & Maintenance – this is an area that can surprise new owners. Log cabins have unique maintenance requirements compared to traditional stick-built houses. Note, however, that this does not mean that maintaining it is “more difficult”. It’s just different. The logs may need to be caulked/caulked regularly to ensure water and air stay out. Staining or sanding may also be necessary. Because the logs can expand and contract as the temperature changes, settling can occur. However, some of the issues caused by this can be addressed during the building process so if you are building, make sure to hire a reputable and experienced builder. If you are buying a turnkey home, be sure to hire a qualified inspector who has a good knowledge of log cabins.

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Pests can be a problem – insects (usually carpenter bees and termites) may want to make the trunks their home and/or feed on the wood. These can be managed effectively with regular care and attention.

Insurance can be harder to get – do not assume that your regular carrier will insure your log cabin. Most major insurance companies do offer coverage. Be sure to do your research and find a reputable company that offers log cabin insurance. Also, because many are in rural areas further from fire departments and hydrants, you may see higher fire insurance rates.

Be careful with kits – if you’re building new, a log home kit might seem handy. However, because not all kits are created equal, they can also present challenges. Kits are designed to fit together perfectly like a puzzle for a pre-designed plan. This leaves little room for creative changes you might want on the go. Some only provide the logs and wood, while others may include items such as interior walls. Some companies keep costs down by using inferior materials. If you decide to use a kit, make sure you know exactly what the kit contains, check the reviews and ratings of the company you buy from and make sure the design is what you want.

It can be hard to sell a log cabin – although some people think they are harder to sell than self-built homes, we have found that proper home maintenance, combined with special marketing tools and knowledge, can make the selling process faster and easier

Ultimately, as long as you are aware of the care required for your log cabin, we believe the benefits outweigh the drawbacks!