How to Build a Beautiful Cabin in the Mountains for $28,000


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Log cabins are just as popular today, as they ever were, with more designs, styles and builders to choose from, to give you the look and feel you want. "The Mountaineer Recreational Log Cabin," is a beautiful cabin with an old timer look and feel to it, perfect for life in the mountains.

This 567 square foot log cabin, is available in different packages from logs only, shelties, and complete package. The cabin has one bathroom, two bedrooms, a loft to overlook your open concept design, with a galley style kitchen, and a cathedral ceiling. A long country porch perfect for sitting and taking in your mountain, or lakeside views. Lots of photos on the site, give you a great look at what this lovely cabin has to offer.

The builder of this great cabin is Coventry Log Homes, who claim to offer the best materials, best price, and best value, located in Woodville, New Hampshire. The site has videos, picture galleries, financing and going green. There are plenty of designs to choose from to include; specials, craftsman series, tradesman series, cabin series, recreational series, tiny log house series, garages, price and compare modes, land for sale, builders list, and construction calendar. Some of the packages for sale are sub floor, dormers, loft kits, interior, log wall system, windows and doors, porch and deck and roof systems. There have never been more options in log home building than there are today, with so many quality builders, companies and resources available to get the perfect home build for you and your family. With so many options available it can be overwhelming to narrow it down to exactly what you want, sometimes it helps to have a journal, notebook or inspiration board, to add photos, notes, websites and plans to decide on what suits you best.

Here is an expanded version of the tips for building your own log home for much less cost:

1) Do All The Work Yourselves. When others see what you are doing, they will want to help (but remember, you can’t rely on them). We had lots of invaluable free help from friends, relatives and complete strangers. Read everything relevant you can get your hands on, talk to people, teach yourself/learn the skills that you will need.

2) Cut your own “house logs” and material for lumber from your own property, if at all possible. Gather timber, rocks, sand, gravel, and adobe, etc. Your land will shape your project, but it will also help you take advantage of what it offers. It has at least some of what you need. Study the seasons, the sun and wind at your site. I needed a piece of land that had the following characteristics: a good (fairly level) building site, some grass for my horses, enough timber to build the cabin and a stream, or some other source of water nearby.

3) Have access to a “local” saw- mill or find/purchase one and, when finished, re-sell a small bandsaw/timbermill. (They retain their value). This step is critical to the success of your project. You also need to have access to inexpensive or free materials. Actually, nothing is free. You may have to work for it, barter for it, etc., whatever it takes. I used slabs from an old sawmill pile to make slipforms for my foundation. Sawmills will have piles of seconds sitting around drying, warping. WhenIwasaboy,IhadanoldCherokee cowboy for a friend who built his whole house—walls, furniture, cabinets, doors—out of thousands of 1-inch by 1-inch by 4-foot strips of wood. It was incredibly beautiful; everything looked like it was made out of wooden stalactites. He got them free from a local furniture factory.

4) Use recycled materials and seconds as much as possible. I either scrounged or bought all the windows, fixtures, appliances, and corrugated roofing from friends, yard sales, or salvage places. It’s good for you, and good for the planet. This throwaway society we live in will discard usable sinks, toilets, faucets, light fixtures, doors, windows, hinges and cabinets. End lots of nails, lumber, flooring, car- pet, shingles, roofing, etc., are often available and deeply discounted.

Don’t forget to barter and bargain. Don’t be self-conscious, it wouldn’t be for sale if they still wanted or needed it! You will be doing someone a favor if you tear that old shed/barn down in exchange for the materials.

My wife, Katie, said I should tell you about the time we went to a farm sale and found our future back door (cherry with a large oval window) being used as one wall of a pigpen. It had a chain through it so the farmer could keep in his hogs.

5) Buy your cement in bulk (if you can). Your local cement plant will (maybe) sell you cement for your foundation in bulk. Use an old 55-gallon barrel to store it in. You can screen your own sand and gravel by digging it out of a creek bed, or gather rocks from a creek bed, along the road or from some farmer’s field (ask permission). Mix your own cement. It’s a lot of work, but if you’re afraid of work, you are wasting your time reading The New Pioneer magazine.

6) Use good sharp tools and acquire a 4×4 pickup. I bought a new chainsaw, (I made my own log scribe) and found the following in antique and junk stores: cant hook, adze, hand planes, a broadaxe (had to make a new handle to fit it) and drawknives (you can also make really good ones out of old planer blades). If you are not handy with tools, please take my advice and don’t even begin this kind of a project. Learn to weld. Sharpen those old tools—that’s the key to everything. Buy a new winch for your pickup; you’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget Craigslist and eBay as sources for tools and equipment.

7) Talk to people—neighbors, local farmers or ranchers, and especially old-timers. Maybe your friends are plumbers or electricians? Supply house employees can be very helpful if you genuinely ask for their help/explanations. (I once had a guy helping me with pipe fittings show me how to plumb my whole bathroom on the back of an envelope.) Read a lot, search the internet, but don’t believe everything. I met a man who sat in a chair in his basement and wrote a whole series of how- to books on mountaineering, log cabin building, wilderness survival, etc., and he had never left that basement.

8) Have patience.Don’t borrow money! Keep the bank out of it! It took me three years of working whenever I had the time, money and materials I needed for a phase of building our log cabin home. Credit cards will kill you, unless you are very conscientious. Building your own home needs to be a great experience—not a hair-pulling, gut-wrenching, endurance- contest. Take your time, think/dream about what you are doing. If there is a special touch or unique idea you want to incorporate, do it right. There are always areas where you might want to spend a little more money. Do it! You’ll be glad you did later on.

Retain your sense of humor.Life is uncertain at best. Live it to the fullest, follow your dream. Love, laughter and dreams—they all take work, but believe me, they are worth it.

FINALLY... if you want an even easier way to build a log cabin like this one, this one was built by Coventry Log Homes and it comes as a package kit that costs around $28,000 depending on which options you choose. Follow the link to their website to get more information on this house.


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