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Owning Your Own Log Cabin

If you’re a serious outdoor enthusiast, it might be time to start thinking about owning your own log cabin home. Cabin living offers the very best of modern living in the natural setting of your choice, so you can take advantage of your favorite outdoor activities all year long. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to owning your own log cabin:

Choosing Where to Live

This is possibly the most important decision you will need to make about your new log cabin. You can find great places for log cabin living all over Canada, but where you decide to put your new home will largely depend on how you plan to use it.

If you are primarily looking for a vacation retreat, you probably want to locate your cabin near the places where you normally like to recreate, whether that’s on the waterfront or in the mountains somewhere. Luckily, since Canada has such an abundance of absolutely amazing natural sites, you’ll likely be able to find a place that both fits your specifications and your budget.

On the other hand, if you plan to make your log home your primary residence, you may be constrained by more than just the cabin’s proximity to your favorite lake. If you plan to commute to a job or if you need to be close to family, you will probably want to look for a location that offers the best of both worlds—outdoor comfort and ease-of-access to a town or city. Again, here, there are a wide variety of options, but you need to do plenty of research to ensure that you are moving to the right area.

Planning the Cabin

After you decide on a location, you can begin working on the layout and design of your cabin. This step can be a fun one if you let your creativity come out as you begin work on your log cabin floor plans. You can make the home as big or as small as you need while being sure to incorporate the elements that will make your new cabin seem like an extension of the outdoors—plenty of windows, a fireplace, and open spaces.

As you design, it’s a good idea to look at a lot of examples of log cabin homes and what they entail. There are a great of model cabins across Canada that can help you get an idea of what’s possible and give you ideas for your own home. It’s also a good idea to use the Internet to research possible cabin layouts. If you need help coming up with something that is workable, be sure to call in the help of a professional with a lot of experience in designing log cabins. It can be useful to have someone to talk to in order to help you make these important decisions.

Décor Ideas

Most log cabins strive to maintain a rustic look, even as they incorporate things like modern appliances and heating and cooling systems. This can help your log cabin feel like an extension of nature, while you enjoy the conveniences of having a completely up to date home.

You can get ideas for your new log cabin décor by visiting furniture stores that specialize in log homes and by looking on the Internet for ideas. If you see something you like, write it down, or save a picture so that you can have it ready to go when you begin the work on your own log cabin.

Green Living

One of the best things about living in a log home, apart from your proximity to the Canadian outdoors, is the fact that you can build it to be completely earth-friendly. Cabins are made from one of Canada’s most abundant renewable resources—trees—and, in addition, you can plan to make your home take advantage of green principles like passive solar design.

Green living is not only good for the environment; it’s easy on your wallet. By making your home take advantage of green heating and cooling principles like proper door and window placement and insulation, you can save a lot of money. It’s also a good idea to choose the proper construction materials—a white roof, for example will repel heat while one that is dark colored with attract more of it inside, so depending on your climate one or the other may be appropriate for your log cabin.

Making the Dream into Reality

If you’d like to own your own log cabin home, it is a good time to invest. If you are looking for a deal log cabin homes, you can choose to use a log cabin kit and adjust it slightly to meet your needs rather than designing something completely from scratch. You may also want to look into the possibility of purchasing a cabin that had previous owners. While perhaps not as enjoyable as creating your own cabin, you can often get a good price if you purchase this way.

No matter how you choose to purchase your log cabin, many log home companies offer financing options to help you make your log home dream a reality. Be sure to ask about any special rates or deals that your company may be offering at the time.

If you love the outdoors in Canada, a log home may be the perfect idea for you. Being in your own log cabin home means that you are close to nature, and, in fact, much of the time it feels like you are living with nature. A log cabin home of your own, whether for occasional or full time use, allows you to spend more time doing your favorite outdoor activities and less time worrying about details like hotel hopping. If you think you might want to create your own log home in the near future, it’s a good idea to do your research now so that you can design the cabin of your dreams when the time comes.
 
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