Then, for the sake of simplicity, we planked our floor with 2-by-8 pieces of salvaged lumber from a demolished farm house. BJ, I have been building with green Eastern White Pine logs for the past 31 years and have had no problems whatsoever. Sometimes, a saw cut at the edge of the notch will help keep the sides even, but it doesn't matter if the fit is slightly ragged … since any open space will be fitted with mortar. I have the land, and there is a sawmill fairly close. So insulation is a factor, but not my biggest concern by any means. You have to let things really dry out and then you can start the finish work.If you have the time to let the logs season first, that works great too and speeds up the actual building process.

Next on our agenda was the exciting — and often backbreaking — task of finding, cutting, and hauling in the logs that would soon become the walls of our home. Historically most log cabins have been built of freshly cut green logs, but it does take a good bit of time to season. But the pictures say 2 Summers. Next, I dug six holes, three on each side, to a depth of 2 1/2 feet, right at the wall line of the cabin, and hauled in 20 wheelbarrowfuls of large, flat rocks that we’d gathered on the property. Once the home is delivered and under roof....the logs can be stained and protected if a "breatheable" finish is applied and there should not be any maintenance issues in the future. I’d like to buy them 4-8 at a time, take them to my land, and build my cabin one or two rows at a time.

The author and his wife chose to build a log cabin following the Norwegian "stabbur" design: raised foundation, small windows, low door, and wide eaves. Aside from its being economical and practical shelter, we find that our log cabin does indeed provide us with the basis for a back-to-nature lifestyle that — we feel — is everything it’s cracked up to be. Either buying it or making it myself.

Hello, and good morning. A log cabin that is 24 x 20ft and 9ft high will require 67 logs if the logs are all 10 inches in diameter. Not a fancy, large luxury home, but one that is green, very friendly to the environment and completely self-sufficient. Later, we completed the floor with a tar paper layer and handsome planks of 1-by-10 fir, laid at right angles to the recycled lumber (that is, parallel to the crosswise joists). Building green isn't an option anymore, it's a necessity. Once again, we had to remember — as we placed the roofing — to leave a hole for the stovepipe (the opening is fitted with a store-bought metal flange) so the flue wouldn’t have to be routed through a window.

This is gonna be a three season cabin, I’m in the ozarks, it doesn’t get below freezing often and in the summer it’ll be too hot to go up there for a couple of months. "Thanks"! Major changes don't happen overnight. "The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" - Albert EinsteinOur goal is to build a green log home by the end of 2010, in time for Christmas.

We selected trees from our dense second-growth forest which needed thinning.