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Log Cabins or Log Homes?

You say “potato,” I say “patattah”…
are we talking about the same thing?

In the “Log Dwelling” business, we hear our products called by different names; log homes and log cabins. With most people the terms have different meanings  Without the benefit of a scientific study, I suggest that log home usually denotes a standard sized home to most people and a log cabinis a smaller, house with fewer amenities.  This luxurious lodge is made from handcrafted logs and has over 7,500 sq. ft. I can’t imagine anyone describing this as a log cabin.

From a global perspective, the term “log cabins” gets far more search activity than “log homes”. The United States market favors homes over cabins while offshore, cabin is the more popular designation. When I envision a log cabin, I’m thinking of a small cottage-style…well, a cabin; a weekend getaway, a hunting cabin, not a primary dwelling.

When it’s all said and done, either term is acceptable and are used interchangeably.  I haven’t researched the history of this naming convention, but my guess is that the term log home developed more from a marketing distinction. It just doesn’t sound right to say “I’m building a 7,500 sq. ft. log cabin. Does it sound right to you?

Keep in mind that this scholarly discussion is coming from a guy who owns the “Log Home Directory” and who’s domain name is Go figure…

In case you’re interested, here’s how one fellow carved his log cabin literally out of the wilderness.


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