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Modern Day Cabins

The New York Times had a great article about modern day cabins. “Across the country, cabins are being reimagined in sustainable yet stylish ways. Some combine industrial materials like mesh, oxidized steel and concrete with traditional wood. Others employ reclaimed or recycled material to stay eco-friendly and keep costs down…And despite the advances in design, cabin owners want the same thing they always did: a place that provides an escape into the natural world.”

As we move forward into an age of technology and the strive for sustainability blossoms, home owners are taking the necessary steps to be sure that their homes work with the planet, and cabin owners are no different. Those who live amongst the outdoors are not just building a home in the outdoors, they are building them for the outdoors. The Hamilton’s took their time as they chose materials for their home that were good for them, and the environment.

To read more about one couple’s strive to create the home of their dreams click here.

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What Types of Wood are Used to Build Log Cabins?

Eastern white pine is commnly used for log cabins.   It’s plentiful, easy to work with and it looks beautiful.  Here is a list of some other wood types:

  • Oak is strong and heavy, with a tight grain,  great strength and hardness and is very resistant to insect and fungal attacks.
  • Western Red Cedar is a soft red-brown timber. It is valued for its distinct appearance, aroma, and its high natural resistance to decay, being extensively used for outdoor construction in the form of posts, decking and siding.
  • Englemann Spruce is very straight, light in color with a touch of red. It also has a specialised use in making acoustic guitars and harps.
  • Douglas Fir is very strong with good fungal and mildew resistance. It is excellent for structural uses. Douglas-fir is also one of the most commonly marketed Christmas tree species in the United States!
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    Amazing Cabin Photo taken in Meraker, Norway

    I just stumbled upon this very impressive photo on Flickr. It features a rustic cabin with an amazing view. The cabin is located in Meraker Norway. Click on the image to see the larger version. The sun contrasting with the clouds and the snow on the roof of the cabin…  very  nice photograph.

    Some interesting facts about cabin living in Norway… From late May to late July the sun never completely sets in areas of the North.  From late November to late January, in the North,  the sun never rises above the horizon.  So you have periods of amazing scenery (like this image) to months of darkness.

     
     

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