Activities for Your Cabin Vacation

by Mikkie Mills

With summer just around the corner (the official first day of summer is Monday, June 20), many people have already scheduled their first trip to the cabin. Going to the cabin is a regular component of many people’s summer routine. Even if your family does not own a cabin, try asking your circle of friends. At least one of them is bound to possess one. If this is not possible, campgrounds usually have cottages that can be rented for the weekend.

Here are some fun cabin activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether they are renting a cabin,  staying at a friend’s place, or a cabin that has been in your family for years.

1. Day Trips

While the cabin and the surrounding nature itself can be an excellent destination, you may want to plan some day trips to see the sights. This is especially true if you’re renting a cabin in a new place. Places of interest are easily found online and can include museums, historical sites, gardens, and shopping malls.

If you have access to Costco Disneyland tickets, a trip to the amusement park will really put a smile on everyone’s face.

2. Water Balloon Fights

A water balloon fight is a wonderful way to cool off on hot summer days at the cabin. Although water balloon fights are fun for the whole family, the activity may be too vigorous for small children. It may also be a good idea to divide the parties playing into teams of similar ages since a bunch of 10-year-olds facing their teenager cousins may be an unfair struggle, and it is crucial to keep these summer cabin activities fun and interesting.

3. Fishing

If you’re staying near a lake, you will almost certainly encounter someone fishing. Fishing is a fun summer sport for individuals of all ages, as long as younger children are supervised by adults who can assist them in baiting their hooks. Even though fishing involves a lot of patience, the sensation of hauling in a big fish can be quite fulfilling.

Fishing season dates differ by state, so research it ahead of time. Many states allow children 16 and under to catch and release fish without a license in the presence of a licensed adult. States also usually offer 1-3 day passes, so you don’t have to buy a whole year for a short stay.

4. Scrapbooking

People who stay in the cabin for an extended period of time soon understand that they must return home. Making a scrapbook is one activity that might help preserve these cabin memories. Scrapbooks can be obtained at most stores, and a good digital camera isn’t always required. Aside from images and stickers, you can add pressed wildflowers to scrapbook pages as beautiful touches.

5. Yard Games

Traditional yard games such as bocce ball, horseshoes, and bean bag throwing are ideal cabin activities for friends and family. These games are simple to set up and can be played as tournaments that last all weekend or as a fast match before dinner.

For more active kids, try a game of touch football, soccer, or ultimate frisbee. The vigorous activity will wear them out and get them ready for a swim in the lake.

6. Campfire

Summer, cabins, campfires, and s’mores all wear made for each other. It’s hard to imagine an evening at the cabin without a campfire. If you’re lucky enough to already have a fire ring, making a fire is easy. You can quickly make a fire-safe ring by gathering some large stones or even cinder blocks.

Plan ahead and have marshmallow sticks ready to go; everybody will be anticipating the s’mores! Other campfire treats include PB&J pocket sandwiches, popcorn, and roasted wieners. Your whole family will enjoy munching their snacks and telling ghost stories around the fire.

Summer is a great time to collect some treasured memories. A vacation at the cabin will provide those memories and a whole lot of fun to boot.

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Home Inspection Strategies to Consider Before Purchasing a Log Home

by Arslan Hassan

There is no place like your own sweet home. Thus, when buying a permanent residence, we always look for the best. It is a place where we want to return at the end of every day, where we want to spend the rest — or a portion — of our lives. For this reason, most people prefer opting for a log home; feels warm, welcoming and gives you a sense of closeness to nature.

However, log homes can also become the existential faces of the saying, “appearances are often deceptive.” They might look perfect from the outside, but you should carefully inspect to see if the case remains the same inside-out. Here, we have listed seven strategies to consider before purchasing a log home. Hence, helping you ensure that your money gets invested in the right place.

1.    Visit the Site

As mentioned above, log homes can look deceptive from the exterior. To confirm that they are perfect for living inside-out, you need to pay a closer look at the details. Therefore, schedule and visit the site in-person, along with a professional log-home expert.

You must also check that the expert you are going with has a good reputation and the required experience. The professional will assess the condition of logs and give you beneficial suggestions using his understanding of the different aspects of living in a log home.

2.    Check the Roof

Take a look at the roof overhangs and check if they are deep enough to protect the logs from the weather. Ideally, it should be eighteen inches to two feet.

3.    Look for Insect Damage

Wood-boring insects such as carpenter bees can bring damage to the house. Although they do not eat the wood, they excavate it and build their nests. Ultimately, this makes the place insect-infested and weak. To check for signs of any insects, see for dime-sized uniform holes with sawdust right beneath its opening.

To eradicate any doubt, look for yellow/brown stains caused by excrement, which they deposit below the entry holes. Also, check all the decks and roof overhangs. If there are any signs of mildew, droppings, white powder, the house likely has a nest of invasive insects.  Or, it might be rotting from the inside as some insects feed on decaying food as well.

4.    Access the Flashing

Flashing, when installed correctly, can make decks last long and look great. Thus, check the flashing used in between the decks. If not done correctly, it can prove troublesome.

5.    Query about the Stain

Query the owners and find out about the stain used on the exterior side of the logs, if possible. You must also find out if the owners carried out regular maintenance over the years. Stains protect the log surface from UV damage as well as insects and pests. Hence, if the exterior is not stained, it becomes prone to harm and destruction. To check if the stain is applied and functional, lightly spray some water on the log surface. If the water looks like beads, you are good to go. However, if it gets absorbed, then the stain does not function anymore.

6.    Ensure there is no Rot

Take note that logs can rot out if any of the following are in the drip line of a roof:

  • Steps
  • Decks
  • Propane tanks
  • Woodpiles

Cracks wider than 1/16 an inch and not caulked allow moisture to penetrate through the logs. Eventually, causing them to rot, which weakens the structure.

7.    Check the Weather Protection Structure

For this, ensure that the log crowns (ends) prevent water from flowing off to the roof. You can check this by seeing that they extend ahead of the roofline. Also, note that the logs are not touching the soil or grass. The presence of gutters and downspouts is also essential. All of these protect the log house against moisture, water, and weather damage.

Take note that if properly maintained, log homes can last for generations. Thus, it becomes necessary to see if the house is maintained. And also, if you can continue to do so in years to come.

If you haven’t already purchased your log cabin and searching for one with a good location, then you better review the ones listed at Quick Garden. You can even buy at the official website. Not only the locations of these cabins are iconic, but so are their design and built.

In case you found out your dream log house can not be repaired, Quick Garden provides assembly services, too. Thus, you can always opt for building your own log house — just the way you like it.

Now that you know all the strategies to consider before purchasing a log home, we hope you invest in only the best. Happy home shopping to you!

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Fun Finishing Touches to Add to Your Dream Cabin

by Craig Middleton

When you buy or build your dream cabin, you want everything to be perfect so that you can fully enjoy your new space for years to come. There are a variety of ways you can add that special something to your property, from interior to exterior options. Here are some exciting finishing touches you can add to your new home to make it extra special.

Hardware

Cabinet hardware is one of the easiest things to change about your home. It comes in countless sizes, colors, and styles, and can be paired with any type of decor. Consider matching your cabinet hardware to the color of your appliances or using a contrasting hue to mix things up. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to choosing cabinet finishes, so don’t be afraid to let your personality come through!

Landscaping

If you love to garden, this is your time to shine! There are many options when it comes to landscaping your home’s exterior. If you have lots of room, purchase some mulch, shrubs, and flowers to brighten up your property. If you have limited space, you can install window boxes and add a touch of color to the front of your house.

Pools

A pool is a great way to add a fun touch to your new cabin that your family can enjoy every summer for years. Consider your budget when purchasing a new pool, as well as how you use your backyard. If you want a pool that can last for many years, you may want to contact pool loan companies and install an inground pool. If you are looking for affordability and low maintenance, an above-ground pool may be the best choice.

Paint

Paint is one of the easiest ways to customize your new cabin. From the bedroom to the kitchen, you should pick paint colors that make your home feel relaxing and unique. Consider how you will use each room and choose a color that best suits your needs. For example, you may want to use a soothing green for a bedroom or a fun pink for the bathroom. If you want to stick with a classic cabin theme, try shades of brown, red or gray.

Decor

Decorations set the entire tone for your cabin. There are many styles to choose from, including industrial, rustic, modern, eclectic, contemporary, traditional, Scandinavian and minimalist. Think about your lifestyle and the kind of environment that makes you feel at home. Whatever your taste is, make sure you stick with one style throughout your home. Mixing things up too much can feel chaotic and look cluttered.

Flooring

Flooring is available in many colors and materials. If you have a larger budget, you may want to consider using unique flooring for each room of the house. You should also consider the way you will use each area. Tile is a great choice for easy cleanup in bathrooms and kitchens, while vinyl is a good material for a deck or patio. For that classic cabin feel, you may want to pick a hardwood or stone floor for your bedroom or living room.

Countertops

Countertops give you an opportunity for a luxurious touch in the kitchen and bathroom areas. It can be tempting to pick a standard plastic countertop, but there are many other materials on the market that will upgrade your space. Stone, granite, concrete or wood are great choices for rustic cabin style.

Whether your budget is big or small, there are many things you can do to put the final touches on your dream cabin. Don’t be afraid to experiment. At the end of the day, you are the one who needs to be happy with the way your home is designed. Try a few of these ideas and see the difference they can make in your new cabin.

 

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4 Tips To Get Your Cabin Ready for Summer

by Paisley Hansen

Having a cabin is like owning a little oasis that you can retreat to whenever you want. If you are like most people, summer is when you spend the most time there. To keep your haven looking its best for summertime, follow these four tips.

Lawn

The lawn is one of, if not the very first thing you see when you drive up to your house. Therefore, you want to keep the lawn looking green and lush. If you live close to the home, you may be able to maintain the lawn yourself. Simple issues, like how to fix brown patches in the lawn or trimming the bushes can typically be maintained pretty easily.  However, even if you live close, busy family life and hectic work schedules often make it difficult to find time for extra chores. A lawn care company can take this project off your plate. Whether you simply need someone to maintain the lawn or you want some help redesigning it, these professionals can ensure your greenery is looking its best.

Appliances

The last thing you want is to arrive at your summer home only to discover that a major appliance is broken. To make sure you do not run into any issues during your stay, take a trip to the cabin a couple of weeks beforehand to test the appliances. Check all the lights and switch out any bulbs that are burnt out. Keep a few extras in the closet just in case they are needed during the summer. Run the air and heat for a while to ensure there are no issues with the HVAC unit. Make sure the fridge, microwave, and faucets are all working properly. If you do need to replace any appliances, many home improvement stores offer big sales during Memorial Day. This is a fantastic time to buy and install new appliances just before the summer heat kicks in.

Cleaning

Giving your house a deep cleaning guarantees everything is fresh and in order before summer. If you do not use the house at all during the off-season, you likely need to spend a longer amount of time cleaning before your stay.

Kill two birds with one stone by testing the appliances and knocking out the cleaning on the same trip. Unless the lake house is stocked, bring cleaning supplies from your home. Wipe windows, vacuum carpets, scrub floors, wash toilets, dust furniture, and change out the bedsheets. Many of these chores should go quickly, as the items have not been used much or at all since your last visit. If you are really pressed on time, hire a cleaning service to tackle these chores. Be sure to clean the outside of the house as well. Sweep the deck, clean out the gutters and rinse the sides and roof of the house. Depending on how dirty the house is, you may need to hire a power wash service to tackle the washing. Do a quick sweep of the garage to get rid of dirt, dust, and insects. Do not forget to rinse the sides of the garage as well.

Entertainment

Chances are you have a lot of entertainment equipment around the house, especially if you have children. These items include shovels, pails, bicycles, kayaks, lawn chairs, pool floats, games, and perhaps even a boat. Before heading over to the beach, make sure all the equipment is accounted for, clean, and in working condition. If you have a boat, clean the deck and take it for a test run on the lake. Fill the boat with gas so it is ready to go when you bring your family and friends out for a ride.

A cabin is a fantastic place for you, your friends, and your family to retreat to when you just want to get away from it all. Follow these four tips to get your lake house in pristine condition for all your summer adventures.

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Reasons To Buy a Lake Home

by Mikkie Mills

Some people want to buy a house on the lake as a primary residence, while other people want to keep it as a vacation home to which they can retreat when they are in need of a little rest and relaxation. Some even buy a lake house for the latter purpose with the intent to eventually convert it to the former, e.g., moving to the lake house upon retirement. Admittedly, a lake house does represent a significant investment, especially if it is a second home. However, the investment may pay off because of the benefits that owning a lake house can offer.

Relaxation

There is a theory that human beings have an innate need to connect to nature in their very DNA. Fulfilling that need by getting away from urban settings and into relative wilderness helps to keep you physically and mentally strong. When you own a lake house as a second home, you can retreat to the peace and quiet of the water’s edge whenever you need to. If it is your primary residence, you can benefit from the serenity and peace of the lakeshore every day of your life.

Recreation

While it can be restorative to simply sit and look at the water from your window or porch, there are also many recreational activities that you can enjoy on the lake. Examples include fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and many more. There may be rules against certain activities on particular bodies of water, but generally speaking, if you own a lake house, it is easy and convenient to partake in these activities whenever you want. An aquatic activity may be something as simple as wading in the shallows or just dipping your feet in the water, which you can do by just stepping out your front door if you own a lake house.

Depending on the location of your lake house, there may be activities you can do at all times of the year, if not on the lake itself than in the vicinity. For example, in the winter you may be able to enjoy ice fishing or snowshoeing, perhaps even ice skating if the lake is frozen solid enough.

Inspiration

You may have some creative outlet that you pursue as a hobby, whether that be painting, sculpting, writing, music, photography, etc. There is a certain type of creative energy that is necessary for such pursuits, and a body of water such as a lake seems to generate it. That’s not to say that the art you create will or should relate directly to the setting in which you create it, although that may be the case as well. Rather, just spending time at your lake house helps to recharge your creative batteries, as it were, to create something better than you would be able to otherwise, regardless of the subject matter.

Convenience

When it comes to taking a vacation, accommodations can be one of the biggest expenses. Obviously, buying a vacation home on the lake represents a significant initial investment, but it could save you money in the long run, especially if you make frequent use of it. Not only that but owning a lake house saves you the hassle of having to book reservations in advance.

Investment Potential

In addition to saving your lake house for your own use, you could also make money from it by renting it out to others. Its proximity to the water should make it even more desirable as a short-term or long-term rental. Short-term rentals allow you to make money from your lake house while also keeping it for your own use; just avoid booking it out during the times you want to use it. Lakefront property is relatively rare and desirable, so your house should appreciate in value if you decide to sell it at some point in the future.

Owning a lake house does involve a lot of cautions and concerns. However, in many cases, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

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Great Upgrades To Improve Your Lake House

By Paisley Hansen

Your lake house is probably a favorite destination for the entire family and a great place to spend a vacation or even a quick weekend. While you are there, you want to experience all that nature has to offer and make the most of your stay by relaxing and having a fantastic time. If you have been meaning to make a few improvements so you have a more enjoyable experience, then here are a few ideas to get you started.

Glass Doors and Large Windows

The beautiful view you have from your lakehouse is one that you should celebrate. Showcase the splendor of the outdoors by making it visible throughout your home. Glass doors and huge windows will offer fantastic scenery while you enjoy breakfast or hang out in the house. Keep the theme going with some gorgeous interior glass doors. There are so many styles available. You can get frosted glass doors in a wide variety of designs, or even one that has colored glass. They will make the interior of your home feel light and airy while adding some elegance and luxury.

Firepit and Lounge Area

There’s nothing better than sitting around a nice fire in the evenings. It’s the perfect setting to tell stories and catch up with the people you love. If you don’t already have a fire pit, then it’s time to install one. You can incorporate one into a patio and make an impressive outdoor lounge area, or construct a simple fire pit in the yard. Either way, it will soon be a favorite spot for everyone.

Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking outside can be a fun experience and a great way to entertain. Outdoor kitchen space is a marvelous idea for an upgrade to your lake house. Put in a grill and some counter space so you can prepare and cook food. A sink is another essential for easy cleanup.

Easy Shower Access

Part of the fun of having a lake house is the easy access to outdoor activities like boating, fishing, swimming, and lounging by the water. However, when it’s time to go inside, you may find that you are tracking sand and dirt through your house. Instead, why not install an outdoor shower for a quick and convenient place to rinse off? Or, you can add on a bathroom that is accessible directly from the outdoors for less mess.

Private Balcony

A sumptuous addition to your lake house could be a small, private balcony off the main bedroom that overlooks the water. Add a couple of chairs and a small table. You’ll have superior views and a quiet little spot all your own to unwind and spend a few moments in reflection. It’s also a good place to enjoy your morning coffee and take in the sunrise or sunset.

Outside Bar

An outdoor bar can be a gathering place after a day spent on the water. Instead of going inside, you can build an area overlooking the water, or incorporate the bar into the boathouse. This way, you have another place to relax and enjoy some downtime. Enjoying a drink while sitting in the cool breeze and laughing with your friends is a great way to end the day.

Landscaping

Another way that you can improve your lake house is through some landscaping. Curb appeal is always appreciated and can be an extra bonus to the beauty of your home. Don’t go overboard here. The lake should be the main focal point. But a well-manicured lawn and some decorative trees and shrubs never go amiss. A couple of flower beds can add a touch of color and provide you with gorgeous blooms to cut vases for inside.

Once you complete a few of these upgrades, you will never want to leave again! With a few changes and additions, you can turn your lake house into the perfect getaway that provides the ultimate in comfort, relaxation, and beauty.

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What to Look for When Buying a Waterfront Home

by Ainsley Lawrence

Whether you are looking for a vacation spot for the summer season or a permanent space to call home, waterfront property is a great investment. Having one allows you the chance to relax, enjoy great views, and bring out the family for memorable weekends. However, due to their location and often excessive costs, careful planning and considerations must be made before you jump into signing a new mortgage on a waterfront home.

There are many aspects to think about as you look into your new real estate venture, from the types of weather you will be experiencing and the safety you will need in that regard to the costs for utilities, insurance, and other aspects you may not have considered. Let’s take a look at what to look for and ask about as you start looking at properties.

Get Information From Multiple Sources

If you are new to the waterfront property scene, then you are going to need a helping hand along the way, so it is highly recommended that you use the services of a real estate agent. Not only will they show you the best options in your price range, but they also know all of the extras that you may not be aware of and they can create a smoother purchasing process. It is important to not just pick an agent out of a hat, but instead find one who is a waterfront specialist and you can find out by asking the real estate agency.

While your agent can help you find the best homes, they are still a business professional looking for a profit. Although they are a great help, it is also a wise idea to talk to the neighbors around any house that you find appealing. Ask them if they have ever had any issues with the property as well as what they like most and least about living there. Ask the closest neighbors about environmental concerns like sea-level rise or tide levels and what they do to mitigate the dangers of flooding.

While you are speaking with the locals, ask them about the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) and their opinions about the cost and whether the services provided are worth the price. While the HOA is typically responsible for providing services for the community, they also create guidelines for how you can and can’t modify your home or what you can build on your property, so if you have a creative spirit, an HOA may not be for you. You also need to ensure that you can afford the fees, which can often be a couple of thousand dollars per year.

Weather Considerations

While natural disasters can occur almost anywhere, some, like flooding and hurricanes, can be more likely when you live on the water, especially along the coasts. As a waterfront homeowner, you may be charged with extra responsibilities that you never considered. The main pain point maybe repairing the bulkhead, which is the wall that separates the water from your property. When looking at homes, prioritize those with a strong and well-maintained bulkhead or you may be responsible for costs that could be thousands of dollars.

There are other modifications that many waterfront homes need due to the potential for extra rain or flooding. One aspect that you definitely want to see while house hunting is storm windows, which are additional coverings over your windows that prevent outside air and water from leaking in. They can also preserve the quality of older windows if you are looking to purchase a historical property.

Due to the potential elemental dangers, you must take the time to investigate the construction of the house to ensure that it is fit to handle any incoming storms. Inquire about the framing inside the house, which should be made up of corrosion-resistant materials such as treated wood and concrete. On the outside, siding is good, but brick will last longer and stay stronger against the elements. Roofs can deteriorate faster in wet climates, so if you find a property with metal roofing, you’re on the right track. Your questions about construction can even go as deep as to the caulking that holds the pieces together which should be water-resistant. If you can find a residence that mixes beauty with expert craftsmanship, then you are on the right track.

Potential Costs

There is no way around it. Lake and waterfront homes are expensive. Homes on the water are very desirable to buyers, especially those who own a boat or enjoy water sports. These homes are so coveted that they may even be placed in a specialty loan category. To have your best chance of securing your dream home, you will want to have financing available and a down payment ready, so you can get ahead of other interested parties who don’t have their ducks in a row.

On top of the expensive monthly payments, you may also need to pay for additional insurance protection that you wouldn’t need at landlocked properties. Due to the potential for natural disasters, you may need to purchase flood, wind, and general hazard policies in addition to your homeowner’s insurance. These additional policies will add to your yearly bills but so will the costs associated with fixing your property yourself if you don’t have this protection.

Finally, you are going to need to think about utility costs. At your home in the city, you likely have immediate access to electricity, clean water, and internet, but in the country, you may have to look for alternate solutions. One of the highest costs you will need to consider is maintaining a working septic system. When you find a property you like, spend the time and money necessary to have it inspected with an emphasis on utilities like the septic tank, heating, and air conditioning systems. If they need repairs, ensure that it can be fixed before you move in or consider a different property as repair costs can be expensive.

While there are important considerations and risks, the ability to own a waterfront home is an amazing experience that is well worth the effort. Take the time to research and talk with professionals and you will have the dream home in no time.

 

 

Ainsley Lawrence is a freelance writer with an interest in business, technology, good health, and beautiful places. She is frequently lost in a good book.

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Tips for Designing the Interior of Your Cabin

By Paisley Hansen

Cabin homes are only growing in popularity because they are a wonderful way to enjoy peace, quiet, and the rustic nature of the outdoors. Whether your cabin is your main residence or a weekend getaway house, you may be wondering about the best way to decorate it. Here are some tips to follow when you start designing the interior of your cabin.

Pick a Theme

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your new cabin, so you should enjoy the style of decor. There are many different themes to choose from, including industrial, rustic, minimalist, traditional, Scandinavian, modern, glam, and coastal. Carefully consider your likes and dislikes, from wall colors to furniture. Also, take into account the size of your cabin. If it is small and cozy, you may want to go with a softer theme. If your cabin is larger, a rustic style may be better. Stick with the theme you have chosen throughout the entire interior of your cabin. Mixing styles will make things feel chaotic and less relaxing.

Purchase Quality Items

As with any home purchase, you should buy items that will last for years. It can be tempting to purchase home decor that is cheaper, but these items will need to be replaced sooner and it will cost you more money in the long run. If you are unable to purchase larger items, try investing in quality accessories and accent pieces.

Bring Nature Inside

Natural materials and eco-friendly decor are a great way to bring the outdoors into your cabin. Try to purchase wooden furniture and items made out of sustainable materials. This could include marble countertops, organic linens and mattress sizes, and natural rugs. Another great way to let nature inspire your home is to purchase several potted plants. Finally, consider ways that you can let more light into your home by opening blinds and curtains, placing mirrors in darker spaces, and installing skylights.

Avoid Clutter

Cluttered spaces can make a home feel smaller and more stressful. If you are purchasing a new cabin, don’t bring any clutter with you. If you’ve lived in your cabin a long time and are redecorating, make a point to declutter throughout your home. Don’t feel the need to do it all at once. Try tackling one room per week. Your space will feel lighter and more relaxing. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact a professional organizer to help you.

Upgrade Your Finishes

Beautiful finishes make any home feel more luxurious. Try switching out old, tired elements for something new and fun. This could mean purchasing fresh light switches and drawer pulls or replacing flooring and tile. Just make sure that your new finishes match your overall decorating scheme.

Experiment with Paint

Paint is a great way to make your space unique. Most importantly, it is easy to fix if you don’t like it. Experiment with different colors and finishes of paint throughout your cabin. The right paint color can set the tone of an entire room. Try painting your bedroom blue to promote relaxation or using white paint to make your kitchen feel open and airy. You also shouldn’t be afraid to use striking colors like black or red to liven up your space. There are also many textures of paint that you can try, such as matte, eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss. Choose whichever type of paint complements your chosen style. For example, a modern space might look better with matte paint, while a cozy cabin could look best with an eggshell finish.

Decorating your cabin should be a fun and exciting experience that allows you to express yourself. Make sure that you choose furniture, decorations, and finishes that you love and want to be surrounded by for years to come. Follow these simple decorating tips and it will be easy to create a space that feels like home.

 

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband

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Build an Off-Grid Cabin

by Arslan Hassan

In today’s busy life, where technology has taken over every aspect of our lives, don’t you ever wish that you could just go somewhere in the woods and live independently? Live away from all the hustle and bustle of the practical and digital world?

I know that just like me, many others would love to just go off the grid somewhere for some time. And let me tell you, people do that! Many people who need a break from their corporate or high demanding jobs, or need a break for mental peace go to their off-grid cabins and enjoy the ultimate freedom from all worldly affairs.

I know, now you are probably thinking you don’t have the money to have a cabin of your own! Let me tell you making a cabin is not that expensive if you build it yourself. Yes, it requires a lot of hard work and material but it’s possible to build an off-grid cabin and have your freedom.

In this article, we will tell you how to step by step build an off-grid cabin by yourself.

Step 1: Planning Phase

To build anything you will need to make a plan first. This is the first and most important step to start building your cabin. Think of it as first you have to build it on paper and then take it from there.

With the help of this planning out each and everything, you will save yourself from risks and surprises which might incur when you build the cabin and you can be well-prepared to face the challenges.

The following are a few elements that you would need to address when building an off-grid cabin:

  • Plan your budget. You don’t want to spend your life saving on this cabin. So you should allot a certain budget for this project of yours. The Budget should include costs related to site preparations, off-grid utilities, interiors, logs, roofing, and other tools, etc.
  • Next, you need to figure out a location for your cabin. Now since you will be working out on your water supply and electricity, you must choose a spot where there is water nearby and you also have access to trees.
  • You also need to know about the laws of the land that you are building on. For example, do you need any approvals from respective authorities? Or are you required by law to have a gas safety certificate for your cabin? Are there any other requirements? Read on these laws to get a more specific idea about rules and regulations.
  • Have a Design and a floor plan ready for your cabin. You need to make sure the land you are building your cabin on is suitable for it as well. If you don’t have a plan, you can always search the internet for free floor and design plans for your cabin.
  • Next, the important thing that you need to think off ahead is what source of power generation will you be using for your cabin? Will you be working with solar energy, wind turbine or micro hydroelectricity, etc? Whatever you decide, you need to plan for your resources accordingly.

Step 2: Start Building Your Cabin – Select the logs you will be using to build your cabin

Now let us get to the exciting part, which is how do you start building the cabin? Once you are done with all the planning and you have all the material ready with you, it’s now time to roll up your sleeve and get to it.

The first thing you need to do is get yourself logs, you can get them from a local timber yard. Second, you need to decide on the size of your cabin, so you can pick the log that is approximately the size of your cabin, we suggest getting a 4-foot extra log from the actual length of your required cabin and 10 inches in diameter.

If you are building this cabin from scratch and using logs right from the trees, you would need to debark them and then wait 6 months to make sure they are completely straight and dried out. If you are someone who knows a lot about trees and the kind of wood you prefer, you would need to prepare your logs accordingly.

Step 3: Lay Down the Foundation

Next, you need to start working on your foundation. There are three kinds of foundations that you can choose from; strip, pad, and raft foundations. All three foundations have different benefits and use. You need to choose the foundation the works best for your cabin type and look.

Step 4: Time to Raise those Log Walls

After planning out and taking care of all the steps mentioned above, it is now time to raise those logs and build yourself a wall. You can use the butt and pass method or the saddle and notch method to make those walls for your cabin.

Step 4: Lay the foundation logs and keep laying the wall

To ensure a flat base you need to cut the first two logs halfway. You need to lay the log parallel to each other. Once done with this time to put the sleeper log and this way you will be able to complete the first layer of the cabin.

Next, you need to keep laying the logs till you have achieved the desired height of your cabin.

Step 5: Fit the Windows and Doors

A common misconception is that you build the cabin and then cut the window and doors out. Wrong! The right way to do it is to build the windows and doors as you are building the wall of your cabin.

When building the walls, you reach the height of the door or window you want, you take the chainsaw you remove the log accordingly from the required place. You can then use a door and window frame or any lintel log to give your cabin the window/door structure.

Step 6: Build the Gable walls and Roof

When you are done with all the initial steps, it is now time to build two gable walls and a roof. Keep raising the logs until you have achieved half the height of gable walls and then attach the purlin logs parallel to each other.

Build the walls until you get the triangular shape and then use the ridge log to join the two peaks. Once you are done with this, it’s time to fix the rafters to the purlin and ridge log and build yourself a roof!

You can additionally use roofing boards and materials to get a more refined look according to your personal preferences.

Building a log is not that difficult now that you have read this article, but you might want to ask for help from someone if you have no idea how to work with woods and chainsaws, etc. Because, when working with a sharp object that you have never worked with before accidents might happen.

While a lot of hard work is involved in this, trust me when I say it will be all worth it in the end.

 

 

 

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Best Places to Build Your New Cabin

by Paisley Hansen

It can be difficult to decide where to build a log cabin. There are so many beautiful places in the nation that are ideal for log cabins that choosing just one might be tough. City dwellers like the culture and views, beach dwellers enjoy the sand and surf, but woodsy dwellers enjoy peace and quiet because everyone else ignores them.

With home prices falling, temperatures rising, and summer getting ready to start, there are few better times to buy a cabin in the woods than now.

Continue reading to learn about five fantastic log cabin sites.

Washington Island, Wisconsin

Have you ever fantasized about living on an island? If that’s the case, Washington Island might be the answer. It’s a lovely 35-square-mile slice of paradise. Washington Island is a haven for peace and quiet, with only about 700 year-round residents. There is, however, plenty of room for fun. The island offers something for everyone, from quaint restaurants and charming wineries to magnificent beaches and historic buildings.

With its lightly wooded scenery, you can even explore off-grid options for your cabin. A solar power system or personal windmill would fit right in there.

Davis, West Virginia

Because Davis has a limited year-round population, it’s a fantastic area to build a log cabin for anyone wishing to get away from the crowds and traffic. Furthermore, Davis’ woodlands are just stunning. The view is stunning at any time of year, from the blooming mountain laurel in the spring to the crisp fall colors. Davis also has numerous sites of entry to skiing and state parks, making it ideal for any outdoor enthusiast.

Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

For anyone who likes diversity, the Pocono Mountains, or Poconos, are the ideal log cabin setting. Because they are located in Pennsylvania, the Poconos provide recreation and adventure throughout the year. There’s no shortage of things to do, whether it’s boating and fishing in lakes in the summer or skiing down mountains in the winter. Even better, the Pocono Mountains give a dramatic change of landscape for Pennsylvania residents without having to leave the state.

Presque Isle, Maine

Going north, Presque Isle is a popular destination for water enthusiasts. Presque Isle has almost 2,000 lakes, so anglers, boaters, and swimmers will be perfectly at home. Are you not a fan of water? Don’t worry; there are plenty of cross-country ski routes, bike paths, and hunting opportunities on Presque Isle. Best of all, the cost of living is pleasantly modest, which is ideal for anyone trying to save a little cash.

Black Mountain, North Carolina

Black Mountain, often known as “The Front Porch of Western North Carolina,” is located in the center of the Craggy Mountains, among some of the Southeast’s tallest peaks. Black Mountain, with its proximity to whitewater rivers, the Blue Ridge Parkway, ski resorts, and miles of hiking trails, has something for everyone. It’s even near Asheville, a larger, artsy city that’s only a 15-minute drive away.

Rhododendron, Oregon

While you can obtain that woodsy vibe in Portland’s outskirts, it’s worth taking a few more steps into the Cascades and the region surrounding Mount Hood.

Rhododendron, for example, is a vibrant year-round village in the shadow of Mount Hood that was once a summer and ski destination. It shares a bus system, a community center, and a plethora of trails and parks with the Villages at Mount Hood, but it stays true to the surrounding area’s green, rustic nature.

Twin Cities Area, Minnesota

The basic fact is that much of Minnesota’s more remote, wooded acreage is located well north of the Twin Cities, necessitating a short commute. When there’s a three-bedroom, four-bathroom cottage on nearly two acres in Aitkin waiting at the other end, the daily grind becomes a lot more bearable. Minnesota offers everything the outdoor enthusiast could want. From watersports and fishing to hiking and camping, you can find an activity to suit your lifestyle.

Paisley Hansen has worked in real estate most of her professional career. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. When she’s not creating content or working with clients, she enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband

 

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