Small log cabins are simply smaller log homes which still hold the quality, uniqueness, and beauty of their larger counterparts. It is a huge misconception that log cabins are made from inferior products. This is not the case. Instead our handcrafted log cabins and machine cut cabins are built from the same materials that a sprawling 20,000 square foot luxury log home is made from. Smaller does not mean less in anything except square footage and total building cost of the home.
Most of the smallest log cabins start out in the 300 square foot range. Our smallest stock log home floor plan is the Chuck Wagon weighing in at 280 square feet. The one also has the smallest footprint, measuring a mere 14′ wide by 20′ deep. Many times these smallest of cabins are designed for specific purposes instead of individual home owners. The Chuck Wagon was was originally conceived as a movable kitchen for a ranch.
Another interesting interesting style of cabin is the Scandinavian Log Cabins or handcrafted log cabins. These are made in the image of the larger handcrafted log homes, just once again on a smaller scale. One of our most popular small cabin plans is the handcrafted Bridger. Standing on a footprint of 24′x 36′ with a total square footage of 1,392, this little cabin is a darling. A handcrafted log truss also decorates the left gable end of the home with a gable dormer and a sun room on the front side.
With the log cabins, there is much intrinsic beauty that makes them far surpass a framed cabin. Log cabins have served for everything from small coffee shops to guest homes, to retirement homes. Both the milled and the handcrafted log cabins can have the draw knife pattern on the log surfaces. This is always the finish that the handcrafted logs come with, but we can also draw knife hand peel a milled log as well.
For our company we tend to define log cabins as simply floor plans under 1500 square feet. Often log home owners will refer to their home as a ‘cabin’ even when it reaches luxury sizes of 5,000 or even 10,000 square feet. The term cabin just gives a rustic, woodsy, outdoorsy feel that no other word can quite convey. Christmas Cards are wonderful at portraying a cabin by a mountain lake, a small cabin with a horse drawn sleigh tied out front, or a cabin in the midst of a snow storm. Log cabins are a part of Americana. They are part of what people think of and dream of when they are contemplating a trip out west, a weekend getaway, or being 100 miles from the nearest Walmart. Dreams are very real and dreams are the substance that have kept many future log home owners going in the current economy. If you are one of the many who have had their dreams delayed because of economics, don’t despair, your log cabin is still waiting for you. And just perhaps it will make it even a little sweeter when you get to realize your dream and build your small log Cab-In-D-Woods.