Windows doors and overhang positions or lengths
also add to the overall balance. Putting two windows side
by side on one side of the cabin door with nothing on the
other instantly looks wrong. Interior molding is another area
where balance is needed. Molding at the top
of the wall was often called Return molding because it is usually
the reverse curve of the baseboard moldings. A door placed too
close to an interior wall for molding is a common mistake of
amateur builders. General concepts in log cabin design to be
considered are things like convenience and simplicity, natural
light and heat efficiency. Go out a look at as many log cabins
as you can before designing a cabin.
To often a proper drawing is not completed prior to building.
Take the time develop a detailed plan of the log cabin. Moving
lines around on a drawing is infinitely easier than trying
to move real logs or timbers after mistakes in design show
themselves. Purchase some grid paper from your local stationary
store and make each ¼” spare equal to 1 square foot
for your cabin. Use a straightedge or architect’s scale to
draw the log cabin plans.
Once the plans are done make a scale model. Only in this
way will see if the log cabin design looks right. Photocopy
the plans and glue them onto a sheet of foam. Cut the pieces
out, using an X-acto knife and glue them together.
To set up the site where your cabin will be built begin by
pounding stakes into the ground the same size as your cabin
where you think the log cabin should be. Be sure and walk
around it imagining what the cabin will look like and even
stand inside the stakes and try and see the view out the window,
imagine the layout. Does it feel right? Is it too small or
too big? Try and be at the site in as many different types
of weather or times as possible.
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