by Mikkie Mills
Many people dream of owning their own log cabin. Usually, they want to build a log cabin as a retirement destination or as a vacation home. Because of the purpose that this rustic home will fulfill, choosing the location to build requires some special thought.
When choosing the location for a standard home, you were undoubtedly guided by fairly practical concerns. You looked for a home in a good school district for the kids, you considered commute time to work and you probably gave some thought to whether the home was situated within a convenient distance to entertainment and necessities. These important criteria are often not important in choosing the location for your log home. So what are some things you should consider when choosing where to build your ultimate vacation or retirement home?
Who Will Live There?
Just as you will talk through amenities such as how many bedrooms and baths you will need during the sales process for your cabin, you need to consider the needs of the people that will be living in your log cabin when choosing your location.
If this is to be a family vacation spot, you need to take into consideration that the grandkids may not be happy sitting on the porch looking at the views for days on end. Maybe you want to think of a building near a town that has activities for them to engage in, especially if they will spend prolonged periods of time at the cabin.
If this is your full-time retirement home, you need to think about whether it’s important to remain close to family, access to healthcare for any pre-existing conditions you may have and the amount of work the surrounding land will require to be maintained. If you plan on living at the cabin full time, then convenient access to things like grocery stores, healthcare facilities and other common necessities are critical. An isolated cabin completely off the beaten path is not the best choice for everyone.
It’s vitally important that the location of your cabin be optimal for the people that will be spending the most time there. No matter how beautiful your surroundings are, they will not be enough if you and your family don’t look forward to spending time there.
What Will You Do There?
When you dream of owning a log cabin, what do you see yourself doing? Are your dreams filled with images of long walks through nature? Do you imagine yourself being self-sustaining and living off the grid? Or is it an adventure you dream of? Do you see yourself spending a long day on the ski slopes or rafting down a rolling river and then coming home to rest?
For some people, the cabin itself is the most important thing. For others, opportunities for certain activities are the most important and the cabin is simply a great base of operations. Clearly, if you are a ski enthusiast, you’ll be looking for a location with easy access to the slopes. If you are an avid fisherman, then a locale with access to streams and ponds will be paramount. If you dream of growing your own food then the soil content will be very important as not all locations will be a friendly growing environment.
How Will You Make the Most Of Your Location?
Regardless of where you build, make sure that you make the most of your location. Consider your cabin’s orientation. Most people like to situate their cabin to the east on one side and the west on the other so they can take advantage of the views of both beautiful sunrises and glorious sunsets. You definitely want a bank of windows and a front porch that optimize the most beautiful view on your property. Even after you’ve chosen your perfect piece of land, make certain you continue to consider location when deciding on the placement and orientation of your dream log cabin.
Owning your own cabin is a big dream and a big investment. Take the time to consider all the aspects of choosing a perfect location to optimize the chances that your cabin will be one of your most treasured possessions.