Building a home means making many personal decisions, and most of those choices are dictated by the style of construction you chose. And building a log cabin presents even more challenges than your usual stick-framed or site built home. I’ve recently found a number of good books to help you through the process. This post reviews a few books that can help you on your way to building the log cabin of your dreams.
Books on how to build a log cabin
Building a log cabin is a rewarding experience. Not only do you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, but you also gain valuable skills that will help you in future projects.
This book is written by one of the pioneers of the modern log home movement, Michael Smith. It’s an excellent resource for anyone who wants to build their own log cabin from scratch. The book covers everything from choosing the site and finding materials, to building foundations and installing windows. There’s even a section on finishing your home with plastering, painting and staining. It’s an excellent resource for anyone who wants to build their own log cabin from scratch.
Build Your Own Log Home: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners by Jim Long and John Zielinski
This book helps you learn how to construct a traditional post-and-beam style home using logs as primary structural material. The authors make it easy for beginners by providing detailed instructions that are broken down into easy-to-follow steps. You’ll learn how to use power tools like chain saws and axes
Building a Log Cabin: How to Build a Log Cabin from Scratch
This is the most comprehensive book on how to build a log cabin. It covers everything from finding the right site for your cabin, to designing and building it.
The author has been building log cabins for over 20 years and has developed a system that makes it easy for anyone to build their own log home. He even includes a guide on how to find land, get financing and all the other legal stuff you need to know before getting started.
The book includes full-color photos, diagrams and illustrations throughout, making it easy to follow along with each step of the process.
A Complete Guide for Building Your Own Log Home by Michael Smith is one of the best resources for anyone interested in building a log home. The book covers everything from selecting trees, to choosing the right tools, and even how to build your own sawmill from scratch at home.
The book also covers tricks and tips for making your own tools and supplies, as well as building projects like bread ovens and outdoor furniture.
The book includes over 200 illustrations that show every step in detail, so even if you have no previous experience with construction or carpentry, you will be able to follow along with ease.
A log cabin is a type of building that uses logs or tree trunks in the construction process. Log cabins have been built for thousands of years, and many people still build them today. The main advantages of building with logs are that they are cheaper than other materials, they are easier to work with, and they are more durable than many other types of construction.
Log cabins have been used for centuries as dwellings and as storage areas for everything from food to clothing. They were especially popular among settlers who traveled westward from Europe to North America during the 18th and 19th centuries because they could be constructed quickly using readily available materials.
The first step in building a log cabin is to find an area where you can cut down trees and collect wood. You’ll need at least eight good-sized trees—and maybe more depending on what kind of cabin you want to build—to build a small single-room cabin that measures 10 x 12 feet (3 x 3.7 meters). Larger cabins will require more logs.