16 October 2016

The Perfect Secluded Hideaway Home: A Cabin in the Woods

Do you dream about your own little secluded hideaway? Whether it’s for a permanent home or somewhere to take vacations, a log cabin in the middle of nowhere sound pretty perfect to me! No noise from the street or loud traffic, just birds singing and the rustle of the trees. If you want to live a more self-sufficient life or enjoy a more rural, natural setting, then this is your perfect choice. To make your cabin in the woods a reality, here are a few things to take into consideration.

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Wood Maintenance--

Unlike brick or stone, wood is much more susceptible to damage from the elements. Regular wood maintenance is essential, and may even need to be done every year in some areas. Stains, wood cleaners, caulking, chinking, and preservative products are all things you’ll need to invest in when it comes to cabin maintenance. While a log cabin is often cheaper to buy outright, you do have to factor in the time and cost of maintaining it.

Utilities--

One of the main benefits of living in a cabin out in the woods is that you’re away from everyone else! However, this can cause problems. You will likely need to find workmen who specialize in log cabins to fit things like your electricity. Unless you want to be completely off-grid, but let’s face it- secluded cabin + WiFi and electric sounds pretty perfect!

Heating/ Air Conditioning--

You’ll need to make sure your log home is comfortable all year round. Your heating or air conditioning choices will largely depend on the climate of where you live as well as your budget. Wood burners look fantastic in log homes. You could also add secondary forms of heat such as underfloor heating and electric oil filled radiators. Making sure it’s well insulated will also keep in any heat that you do use. You can buy climate control air conditioning units which are quiet and economical to run. These are ideal for outdoor buildings such as log cabins.

Pest Control--

Log homes are more susceptible to insect damage and rodent damage, and so prevention has to be taken seriously. Log houses are particularly difficult to deal with since certain creatures are attracted to wood. These bugs can cause expensive damage in the form of bored holes in the logs. Ants, bees, flies, ladybugs, and beetles can all pose a problem. Protecting against pests should be part of your regular maintenance checks, ensuring that the correct products are used. If you find yourself with an infestation, calling out pest control could be an option.

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Would you ever move to a secluded cabin in the woods? Or would you prefer this as more of a vacation getaway?

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