The log home is a rustic pillar of Scandinavian history and can be found in almost any climate. With many designs to choose from, residential cabins are perfect for the choosy homebuyer.
A winter wooden home will have better insulation and thicker, or double-glazed, windows. These houses tend to have large fireplaces or heating systems. These fireplaces will be made out of stone and can be quite attractive to look at. Pairing good insulation with a classic rustic design is essential for creating the perfect winter cabin. Warm colours, such as deep reds and maroons make the resident feel cosy even when there is thick snow right outside. These designs can be found anywhere where it snows regularly in the winter, such as Scandinavia.
Summer house styled wooden houses have large windows that let you take in the beautiful surroundings. These residential cabins are built for short stays and might not have the full utilities of a home – but what they lack in utility, they make up for in closeness to nature. Studies have shown that homes with larger windows increase life expectancy and general happiness – and with a summer residential cabin this is exactly what you get. The thickness of wood for these builds is less important. These types of homes can also be found at the bottom of a garden – albeit in a scaled down form. When you are not staying in your summer residence, it can be used as storage or as a utility room.
How Are They Built?
The most common type of residential cabin is the stacked-log-walls style. This design will have whole trunks stacked horizontally up to where the roof begins. The logs will have interlocking joints, and if put together properly, the structure can last for a very long time. This design can be seen in classic cartoons, or popular nature shows. These residential cabins can be solo built by an experienced carpenter with a nearby source of wood. One hundred years ago, Swedish builders would use just a knife and an axe.
The size of a residential cabin is much more flexible than that of a traditional red bricked house. In this way, no one home is the same, and making changes to your dwelling is extremely simple. Usually, you will not require planning permission to make small adjustments to a wood home. It is also much easier to hire local workmen to put windows into a residential cabin than it is to make similar changes to a regular house. When making adjustments to your residential cabin, it is important to get a structural engineer to look over your proposed changes, just to be safe.
Mobile styles are the best choice when transportability is important. Although most residential cabins are classified as mobile homes for legal reasons, some designs are easier to move than others. The idea of being able to move one’s house is an attractive feature for many. These residential cabins can be transported on a motor vehicle or trailer. They will have a prefabricated chassis that can be lifted by a crane. This is how they meet the planning requirements of a ‘mobile home.’ If mobility is important to you, make sure to check which house will cost the least to transport.
Granny annexes are a type of residential cabin that is traditionally used to house older relatives in a way that keeps them safe and nearby. They are made in a way so that they can be easily added to the garden of a house. They are also designed so that planning permission will usually not be needed. These residential cabins can come in any style, traditional or contemporary. They are normally built with superb insulation and double-glazing to keep the occupier warm year-round.
Traditional Or Luxury?
Traditionally, round logs are used as the main building material. These logs have not been milled and look closer to tree trunks than lumber. For a more modern look, square ones can be used. A D-Style house will have the trunks cut flat on the inside but untouched from the outside, so they look more like a traditional residential cabin. The wood chosen for a round logged or square logged house can be any of the popular types – log style does not matter.
Luxury wood houses usually have more rooms than any other residential cabin. They are designed with comfort and space in mind. The furnishing can be modern or rustic depending on the buyer’s choice. In general, luxury ones will be built in the Scandinavian style – using round logs for the outside walls. These residential cabins can be found near ski slopes worldwide, and often have warmed pools or an attached Jacuzzi. The price for these designs is quite high but if you are after a classy winter vacation home, this is the choice to make.
Eco designs are very popular at the moment and this is leading many people to consider wooden constructions to be superior to bricked houses. Wood is the most ecological and healthy building material. Wooden walls are healthier for the lungs and the environment. Energy savings can be attractive – these arise because less heat is wasted due to the wood insulation. Most importantly, the amount of raw materials and energy needed for a traditional bricked house far exceeds that of a residential cabin. If being environmentally conscious is important to you, be sure to check out which type of housing affect their surroundings in the smallest way.
When choosing a design for your wooden home, it is important to think about the climate where you will be living and how many people will be living there. You will want to choose a design with enough space that it does not feel cramped if you happen to be snowed in. When designing the interior, antiques can be used to capture the perfect rustic look. Warm rugs and heavy quilts can make any log cabin feel extra cosy. Wall art can be added to complete the look. If you are worried about guest numbers then add some stylish bunk beds to your guest room.