Your Low-cost Hobby: Building the Affordable Cabin

By Catsup and Mustard
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With the current situation, people cannot go out of their homes to take in the great outdoors. Most might be waiting on the current situation, preferring to create their own vacations by doing things they usually do on a trip while sheltering at home.

There are a lot of things that you can’t do at home, though. You can’t go creating a bonfire because it might go against the fire code, not to mention the smoke you’ll be making in the whole neighborhood. You can’t test your accurate reels, too, as only the best rivers can test that out effectively. If you want to experience the best vacation of your life, it simply has to be in a mountain cabin.

While you can’t do that now, it’s something you can look forward to. Take a look at some tips on how you can create the log cabin of your dreams inexpensively.

Designing a Water-tight Cabin

It’s important that your log cabin should be inexpensive without sacrificing the quality. The cabin has to bear the brunt of the worst weather and not allow even a single drop of water inside. This cabin should also have a sturdy bearing, worthy of a log cabin found within the woods or somewhere near a lake.

Log cabins tend to sacrifice a bit of space too. You should create a cabin that could accommodate people of any height and cost only a fraction of your original budget. You should begin searching for affordable materials that won’t break the bank while creating a pretty sturdy cabin.

Using Cheap Materials for the Cabin

There’s a lot that you can add to a basic cabin. You could choose to have a chimney made of stones handpicked and made to specifications. You could also choose to create large windows to keep the aesthetic of natural light flooding the cabin since you’re roughing it outdoors.

Of course, this wouldn’t be possible if you run out of budget. It’s important to choose stones from the surrounding area and useful material for the windows and other fixtures that are cheap and easily sourced. There are many of these available on the market—you only need to look, and you should also be vigilant when it goes on sale.

Making It Efficient and Eco-Friendly

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If you’re going to design a cabin, you could choose to use cheap, quality materials. But larger structures do tend to cost more just because there is more space to cover. If you’re going to design your dream cabin, you could opt for a smaller space to save more on power.

Small homes are more energy-efficient and less expensive both in utility bills and in construction. Log cabins also follow this rule. If you want to save more, you could choose to have a minimalist log cabin. This is also true if you don’t plan to stay here for long periods of time.

No Skimping on Quality

If you have a small log cabin, that doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice quality. It’s even impressive when you have a log cabin that embraces both quality and affordability. If you can, you should consider saving on some parts of your cabin to pay for the quality of others.

For instance, you could save on your windows only to spend more on your fireplace. It’s not only aesthetic; it’s functional as well, as you’ll save more on heating bills by using a natural fire rather than having a heater installed in your cabin. You could also install fewer windows but remember to stick with your design and never compromise quality.

Asking the Four Ps

There’s a popular question asked by those creating homes. It says to “ponder, prioritize, plan, and process.” These are good guide questions which help you save more money. If you don’t plan and don’t know which parts of your log cabin to prioritize, it can take you a long time to finish it, and that could cost more money.

This is also true when you’re maintaining an already existing structure. If you don’t use this to guide your decisions, you might end up with a pretty expensive project rather than save more if you need to.

Creating your dream log cabin can become a nightmare if you don’t know what you’re doing. Remember to have a plan, stick with it, and prioritize quality and price over all other factors. It’s not impossible to get the project of your dreams if you remain focused on your vision and be diligent in accomplishing your plan.

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