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Log cabins, log homes and log chalets have been around for thousands of years, and can be built in a variety of styles from rustic to modern, cosy to environmentally friendly. If you like log cabins, you'll want to take a look a this "Perfect Getaway."

This little log cabin is in the perfect location, beside a stream, surrounded by forest. The covered porch facing the stream, is a great place to sit on hot days and enjoy the scenery. The little stream is also a great place to cool down during the summer. A little log cabin like this would be a nice place to get away for holidays and summer vacation with family and friends. This site is created by someone who loves rustic cabin life, and shares lots of photos and art that they have collected of cabins from all over the world. On this site you will find log cabins and cabins located beside mountains, hillsides, rivers, streams, forest and countrysides.

A log house (or log home) is structurally identical to a log cabin (a house typically made from logs that have not been milled into conventional lumber). The term log cabin is not preferred by most contemporary builders, as it generally refers to a smaller, more rustic log house such as a hunting cabin in the woods, or a summer cottage. Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, were readily available. It was also widely used for vernacular buildings in Eastern Central Europe, the Alps, the Balkans and parts of Asia, where similar climatic conditions were present. In the warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees were more dominant, timber framing was favoured instead.

Some of the different types of log homes can include; handcrafted, which are typically made of logs that have been peeled, but essentially unchanged from their original appearance as trees; hewn logs, logs that are hewn by an axe to an oval, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular section; sawn logs, logs that are sawn to a standard width, but with their original heights; milled (also known as machine profiled), made with a log house moulder, made with logs that have been run through a manufacturing process which then converts them into timbers which are consistent in size and appearance. Handcrafted log houses have been built for centuries in Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and were typically built using only an axe and knife. The Scandinavian settlers of New Sweden brought the craft to North America in the early 18th century, where it was quickly adopted by other colonists and Native Americans. Possibly the oldest surviving log house in the United States is the C. A. Nothnagle Log House (circa 1640) in New Jersey.


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