Log cabin kits, also known as manufactured homes or DIY homes are a great option for anyone who wants to save money. With a log cabin kit, you can have the room you want, the floor plan you like, and all the building materials you need at a price that’s well below retail. Manufactured homes aren’t as easy to make as a kit from scratch, but with a little bit of planning and know-how, you can have your own home in no time. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the things you should consider when it comes to choosing made to measure log cabin kits.
First, you need to realize that not all log cabin kits are sized the same. Most of them are designed to fit into standard or small spaced backyard spaces. Other kits are designed to fit onto large pieces of land. The size of your yard, its shape, and even your house will affect which kit will work best for you. It is important to figure out the scale of your yard before you go shopping so that you’ll know what size you’ll need.
If you choose a log cabin made to order, it will be delivered to you. This is a nice benefit if you live far from a building supply store, or even if you’re close, it can still take quite a while to get your hands on one if you decide you need to build your own from scratch. Manufacturers can ship these built to order kits to you in just a few days, depending on where you live. If you want it delivered quickly, ask your company if they offer next day delivery. This is a big advantage over purchasing it already built and having to wait for it to be delivered.
Another thing to keep in mind is that most manufacturers allow for different sizes of logs. Some kit options might call for smaller size tree cuttings, while others might require larger cut pieces. The manufacturer will describe the various sizes for the logs before you order. To ensure that you have the right type of cut log for your particular log cabin project, you should measure both the exterior and interior size, then select the larger or smaller size. Make sure the logs you order are in the same height as each other when you are measuring so you can have a straight cut for your door and window frames.
Once you’ve ordered the pieces, you’ll have to prepare them for construction. Most manufacturers will provide the framing material with the kits, but you may need to buy some additional supplies to get it all together. Measuring for doors and windows is important, so make sure you get a tape measure to match the sizes and that you have the width and height of the window or door you’re going to install at the ready. Measure the floor and wall size to determine whether you’ll need extra boards behind the foundation wall to support the floor. This will also help you eliminate the need for shims or spacers to position things properly.
As you prepare the outside surfaces of the log cabin kits, you’ll want to add trim. A good builder will start by trimming the walls before they attach to the exterior frame. Adding trim to the outside will also help it blend in with the surroundings. The choice of paint is up to you. Some people like to use a lighter color on the walls and more dramatic details on the outside. Whichever color or combination of colors you choose, it’s important that it’s weather resistant and durable enough to withstand the elements.
When you’re ready to install the walls, you’ll need additional support as well as nails, screws and plates. You can usually find these items at a local home improvement store. For the roof, you’ll need gambrels, beams and nails. For the interior side of the log cabin, you’ll need sheets of plywood strips and carpet, hinges and handles.
With these supplies, you’ll be ready to build your log cabin kits in no time at all. And the beauty of it is, you built it yourself! There’s no need to hire anyone to build it for you. It’s a project that you can tackle alone. Now that you have an idea of how to make outdoor rooms, the next step is to get started on your project.