Cut a U-shaped groove in the last cut side, except for the last 10 inches at each end. Cut the edges of the U so they are no more than 1/10-inch, and so the depth of the U is no more than one-sixth the width of the log. Cut all logs except two.
Post and beam cabins can be combined with combined with traditional home construction techniques. This allows for the look of log cabins, but at a lower cost and very versatile wall aesthetic. The weight of roof framing and purloins adds stability to the lower logs. Exterior finish can be of any kind, as can the interior walls. Traditional sheet rock interiors with paint or paper can be insulated to any desired rating. Exteriors can run the gamete from concrete fiber to wooden lap siding.
Your local building codes will determine the detailed dimensions required for your staircase, but most codes reflect a set of generally accepted specifications. The unit rise must be no greater than 8 inches, and the unit run must be at least 9 inches. If a straight staircase with a 10-inch unit run and an 8-inch unit rise covers 8 vertical feet, the total run would be 10 feet. A typical step width is 36 inches, so this staircase will occupy 30 square feet of floor space. More importantly, with a straight staircase in a small cabin, this obstructed floor space might cut right through prime living area. The solution is to design a staircase that changes directions part way up the stairs.
Homebuyers in New Mexico can find a number of manufacturers offering premanufactured kits, ranging in sizes from small cabins to expansive luxury residences. Companies selling kits offer predesigned homes and services to assist homebuyers in creating custom designs. Kits can include complete construction materials, from main floor systems to roofing and window sills. Manufacturers provide assistance in finding qualified builders and offer construction workshops for the do-it-yourself homebuyer.
Get several helpers to sit outside at the wooden stakes, and a few more downstairs to operate the hydraulic jacks. Initialize the jacks and slowly increase the air compression to provide the lift needed to break the cabin away from the ground. Coordinate your effort with those outside to make sure that all areas of the cabin are being lifted to the same height at the same time. If one area is lifting higher than others, reduce the compression coming from that hydraulic jack. Stop the lift once there is enough room to slide the steel I-beam underneath the cabin.
Building a cabin by hand cuts down on costs and provides satisfaction to the owner. The plans for a simple cabin require few tools and very little expertise. Early settlers built their homes by hand, kept themselves warm inside throughout the winter and raised families in these simple, hand-built structures. The tools to build a cabin and the building site itself are the only costs for a cabin built by hand. The building materials, young trees, grow abundantly in wooded areas surrounding many suitable building sites.
Log cabins can be constructed using a variety of different styles, techniques and materials. The 28 by 28-foot cabin is a standard size that is available in pre-fabricated kits. The cabin can also be built without the kit and customized to the builder’s specifications. It is important to draw the plans in advance, and to suit local building building codes. In many areas, permits must also be obtained before the building begins. Some builders opt to use traditional hand tools instead of power tools, for a more traditional cabin-building experience.
Paint a mural on a cabin wall and extend it up to and over the entire ceiling. Your retreat in the forest has a forest scene with a river, animals and birds, trees and a blue sky to bring the outside in, even during inclement weather. The girls’ loft bedroom under the gables is a fairy tale enchantment of mushroom houses, butterflies and flowers, winged fairies, shy woodland creatures and tents of trailing vines. The dining room, especially one in an open-plan cabin, is set apart with a painting of a Wild West saloon sitting in front of majestic mountains purpling in a vivid orange sunset that spills across the ceiling in a wash of tangerine and pink, scored by a wedge of migrating geese. With that much going on, you can skip the framed art for the walls.
Cabins offer a chance to get away from the accelerated pace of modern life. If you own a small piece of land, this sanctuary might not be as difficult to accomplish as you might think. In building a basic 28-foot-by-32-foot cabin, the sweat equity you invest will enhance the enjoyment of your new refuge.
Construct framing with 2 x 8-inch boards of salt-treated lumber. Buy leftover boards from other construction jobs, through the classified ads or at home improvement stores when they go on sale. Building the framing will be one of your largest costs, so look for recycled boards or ways to utilize leftover 2 x 4-inch boards nailed or glued together back-to-back to create beam-type lumber to securely frame a one-story cabin.