40 incredible log cabin home and mansion designs and photos showcasing log home exteriors. Also includes photos and examples of log home exteriors.
Log cabin homes are absolutely beautiful. The look of the cabin, the contrast of color between the wood and the lush green surrounding, the serenity…all of this, plus more is what makes log cabins so picturesque. There is no doubt that a log cabin home catches the attention of anyone nearby; but, most times, the inside of these homes are even more beautiful. This gallery includes both exterior and interior designs of a log cabin.
As you know there are many different types of wood out there and choosing the correct wood can be difficult. There are plenty of factors that should be thought about while choosing the right wood. Is the wood prone to bending, twisting, or shrinking? Is it durable and will it last long? It’s important to make sure you know a thing or two about the different wood species before you begin the process of planning a log cabin.
Popular Species of Wood for Log Homes
Eastern White Pine or Pinus strobus:This wood starts off lighter, but becomes darker with more exposure.
Western Red Cedar or Thuja plicata:A more expensive wood, especially in the United States. It’s beautiful but often hard to get a large abundance of.
Douglas Fir or Pseudotsuga menziesii:Also called Red Fir or Yellow Fir. It’s a very strong wood and is barely impacted by mold and fungus.
Atlantic White or Cedar Chamaecyparis thyloes: Commonly referred to as Juniper. It’s light brown, doesn’t decay easily, and holds paint well.
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There is a different way to build a log cabin – buying a kit. But, there are many downsides to doing so. If the kit doesn’t come perfectly made from the factory then it will not work on your home. It also takes several people and a fairly long amount of time to put it together. It also takes some pretty technical carpentry skills. These kits can also get incredibly expensive and if they’re not done correctly it will be an immense waste of time.
Below is an incredible photo gallery of 39 log homes. The range in design showcases the wide variety of log home designs. You’ll note that some of the interiors are truly spectacular as well. If you love these log cabins, you may also enjoy our collection of rustic home interiors!