Building a log cabin can be a great adventure, though many factors come into play: location, proximity to lakes or towns, and the overall design of the cabin, to name a few. The wood you pick to use for your log cabin also plays a huge role in the design process. Minnesota can be a tough climate to build in, especially if you want an authentic log cabin. When deciding on a material in which to build, a few things to think about are the wood’s resistance, stability, cost, and color.
In Minnesota’s temperate climate, you’ll need a wood that is resistant to decay. Shrinking, warping, and twisting can all happen to your wood over time, so stability is another major factor. When you think about cost, remember that just because a certain type of wood is cheaper does not mean it is unsound. With wood, the price can be steeper because of trends in decor or color. Speaking of color, it
is another important deciding factor. You might want a dark red look to your cabin, or possibly a lighter look to brighten up your space. There are a lot of factors that go into building your first log cabin. The wood you choose is key, so take your time in making a decision.
According to logcabinhomes.com here are the top four species of wood to use for cabins in the Midwest:
Eastern White Pine
Eastern White Pine is lightweight, has an even texture and is light in color, making it a great choice of pine log cabins. Eastern White Pine can be used on log cabins that have little natural lighting. It also has remarkable durability, which is a huge plus when picking out the wood for your future cabin.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar is light, rot resistant, and very strong all factors that should be considered before building. The wood is also highly resistant to insects. This wood has a great light look with a red tint that can make your cabin stand out from your neighbors.
Northern White Cedar
Northern White Cedar is also light, rot resistant, and very durable. Like Western Red Cedar, it too is highly resistant to insects and decay, though is lighter in color.
Bald Cypress is a great hardwood with excellent durability, making it a dependable choice. Nicknames ‘wood eternal” for its resistance to moisture, It accepts most interior and exterior wood finishes and makes weatherproofing your cabin for harsh winters simple. This lightwood has a nice light tint to set you apart from the surrounding cabins.
These are just a few species of wood out of hundreds to pick from. Among the countless other things you’ll need to research before building your cabin, make sure to research the wood species that is acceptable in your area. Hopefully, this guide will help you on your way! If you need help finding a perfect location for your cabin, contact Sandelands Realty we “wood” love to help you out! – See more at: http://www.sandelandsrealty.com/blog/