Log Cabins

Sue | January 5th, 2010 - 6:08 pm
The words “log cabin” can mean different things to different people. There is extremes linked to the connotation of this word. For the extreme of a shack made from 100 year old logs, to spacious rambling log castle, the simple phrase “Log Cabin” can include it all. Some times the homes we are describing fall more under the name “log home”– a little more sophisticated of a title to coincide with a 4,000 square foot home. And then there is the term “log lodge”– something so spacious that it has entered the commercial realm.
To me, a cabin, log cabin, or log home mean the realization of a dream. Little log getaways, to log mansions, to log resorts, they are all made out of that natural product, a tree. They all reflect the beauty and warmth that only a log can give. Log homes are a passion with many people and they are extremely indigenous to the Rocky Mountain West.

Log cabin kits are a good way to insure the quality of your home. Logs are not like other building products. It is wise to purchase a log cabin kit  precut from the mill. Log kits typically include the four exterior log walls, log or timber roof system, log floor joists, log staircase, log railing for one side of the stairs and loft edge, log support posts and header beams for covered porches, log wall assembly materials, and construction drawings.

The precut milled log cabin shells come with the door and window openings precut into the shell. Also the corners are premade. In less a home owner only wants a random length logs, then the construction drawings must be part of the log shell package.  Included with the log shell is a cut sheet which dictates how long the various logs need to be.

Hunter log home design

One thing to keep in mind as you order a log cabin is that some companies allow you to change a floor plan, while other do not– or charge more if any changes are made. Our floor plans are full customizable. We see a floor plan is a place to start. Then we talk with you and begin making changes to a floor plan that is similar to what you plan to build. Common changes are adjusting the length and or width of the plan, adding a loft, adding a garage, taking out a full basement, and adding dormers.

So with your log cabin be sure to keep dreaming. Even if it will be some time before you realize your dreams, keep on adding to your log home folder. Keep photos, sketches, and anything else that stands out to you as something you long to have in your new home. All log cabins are different, so take the time to make yours special.

Cowboy Log Homes


Montana Plan, Ennis Montana


Any projected costs, cost estimates, material costs, and estimated construction/ building costs, are only the opinion of Cowboy Log Homes and are drawn from our experience. Every home is custom tailored to meet our individual client's wants and desires. The construction of a log or timber home is based on two primary costs: material provided by the log home company and construction costs contracted with Cowboy Log Homes as the builder or another builder of the customer's choice. Final costs are obtained and contracted with each respectively. Cowboy Log Homes is simply the "glue" that helps bring these two together to provide a final culmination of a customer's project. * Please note photos and elevations may differ some from accompanying floor plans.
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