An Essential Part For Your Log Cabin
If you are in the process of building a log cabin, you are going to need a timber base. Not all log cabins will need one, but it is a good idea to have one. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that having a timber base is essential. Not only will it save you money by cutting down on material costs and labour, it will also prevent your beautiful log cabin from caving in the rain or getting rotten from being out in the elements.
There are two types of timber bases. You can use milled timber base or prefabricated timber base. For your log cabin, I would recommend using the milled type. It’s very simple to come by, more so than the prefabricated variety, and will be far more economical.
When you buy a timber base for log cabins, you’re buying the entire log cabin, including the floor, wall and roof. To get the best use out of these pieces, ensure they are delivered in their proper place. Some pieces are milled from one piece of timber, which makes them more rigid and less likely to split during use. Other pieces are milled at the factory, so they are slightly unstable, but when put together properly, will resist damage and keep your log cabin looking beautiful for years to come. Also, make sure you receive your pieces in the same size, or larger. Some pieces are specifically designed to fit in certain sizes, so make sure they come in the right size before ordering.
There are many brands of timber base available on the market today. I would suggest going to your local home improvement store and seeing what they have. Most of them sell prefabricated timber bases, which are much easier to work with and cost less. However, if you have the budget, I would highly recommend buying one of the milled pieces, as they’re just as sturdy, and usually more affordable as well.
Once you have decided on the style of cabin you want, it’s time to decide on the parts. This is where some shopping around can really pay off. Look online to see what the various manufacturers out there have to offer, and start calling their customer service desks to see which pieces they have available. There may be a wait for them to order, but you’re guaranteed to find something.
Once you know the size, shape and brand of pieces that are available, it’s time to decide how you’re going to assemble your timber base. If you have a saw with a table attached, that’s an option. Otherwise, you need to get yourself an adjustable frame to hold the log on, which is a relatively simple process. If you’re not handy with tools, there are plenty of do-it-yourself kits available to purchase.
Another important part of your log cabin is its floor. How will you keep the animals from chewing all of the wood in your log cabin? There are two answers to this: either tiles or insulation. Tiles are fairly simple to put in, but a tile floor is more expensive than an equivalent insulation system. It takes more effort, though. For a quick, easy install, consider using tiles.
Finishing off your log cabin is the last major step. If you’re planning on putting in the floor, walls and roof, you’re looking at a few hours of work. On the other hand, if you’re looking to furnish, paint, or even get the plumbing in place, you’re looking at possibly an afternoon or two. Keep in mind, however, that if you’re going to spend the time, you’re going to get better results as well. Take your time and you’ll soon have the home of your dreams.