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scullin
05-30-2014, 10:25 AM
For some reason I always have wanted to live in a log cabin. But I never have, always normal houses or apartments etc.

I currently have a nice 3 bedroom house in the suburbs around 2K square feet etc. But I'm separated from my wife and plan to get divorced soon. So once that's done I want to sell the house (she doesn't want it and it's getting costly for me). So one way or another I'm going to sell it and downsize. Was thinking about a townhouse at first but I kind of want a yard for my dogs and less neighbors. I found 3 cabins not too far from where I live. Only problem is two of the 3 which are renovated and are actually pretty nice but only have 1 bedroom. And a third has 2 bedrooms but needs renovating and is even smaller than the other 2.

Just curious if anyone had any experience in that kind of house.

mcbourque
05-30-2014, 11:58 AM
For some reason I always have wanted to live in a log cabin. But I never have, always normal houses or apartments etc.

I currently have a nice 3 bedroom house in the suburbs around 2K square feet etc. But I'm separated from my wife and plan to get divorced soon. So once that's done I want to sell the house (she doesn't want it and it's getting costly for me). So one way or another I'm going to sell it and downsize. Was thinking about a townhouse at first but I kind of want a yard for my dogs and less neighbors. I found 3 cabins not too far from where I live. Only problem is two of the 3 which are renovated and are actually pretty nice but only have 1 bedroom. And a third has 2 bedrooms but needs renovating and is even smaller than the other 2.

Just curious if anyone had any experience in that kind of house.

I did. With my then boyfriend now husband. Tiny bedroom, and tiny kitchen and one sort of living area for one couch and a TV. No heating or electrical stove except for a wood stove.
Chopping wood for heat everyday.
It was in BC Canada so not too cold but still needed to heat it up in winter.
3 years. Good way to test a relationship (going on to 22 yrs now lol)

Ok truth is, the small space is fine for me. It was quaint and cute and I love the woods and small porch. I don't like big space and lots of stuff (my dream is for us to live on a boat) but chopping wood when my husband was away, after a full day of work, teaching a fitness class and lifting was a chore! I hated that!! I went for the presto log!

It was a good time though. No kids then.
It really depends on your personality :)

TubbyDad
05-30-2014, 12:34 PM
My mom and step dad live in one. It's not huge, probably about 1500 sq feet or so, poured concrete basement, electric, well water, heat via fireplace in the center of the house. It's really just like any other house.

ChazWood
05-30-2014, 12:52 PM
If you're cool with spending the rest of your life single, get the log cabin.

A dude with a log cabin is one of the first red flags to a chick. It's in the same category as a dude who lives with his Mom.

Most chicks don't know what they want but they sure as $hit don't want to live in no log cabin.

Nikonguy
05-30-2014, 01:03 PM
Most chicks don't know what they want but they sure as $hit don't want to live in no log cabin.

Not even with a rug made from a dead animal and banjo music playing all the time? :confused:

scullin
05-30-2014, 01:18 PM
If you're cool with spending the rest of your life single, get the log cabin.

A dude with a log cabin is one of the first red flags to a chick. It's in the same category as a dude who lives with his Mom.

Most chicks don't know what they want but they sure as $hit don't want to live in no log cabin.The bold is what I want. Been married for 10 years and can't wait to get divorced. I don't want to get married again. Not worried about not getting women, I can do that easy enough.

The ones I'm looking aren't isn't 'rustic'. They're modern, just in the woods. But not out in the middle of nowhere, only 10 miles from where I live now (next town over, near a lake).


I did. With my then boyfriend now husband. Tiny bedroom, and tiny kitchen and one sort of living area for one couch and a TV. No heating or electrical stove except for a wood stove.
Chopping wood for heat everyday.
It was in BC Canada so not too cold but still needed to heat it up in winter.
3 years. Good way to test a relationship (going on to 22 yrs now lol)

Ok truth is, the small space is fine for me. It was quaint and cute and I love the woods and small porch. I don't like big space and lots of stuff (my dream is for us to live on a boat) but chopping wood when my husband was away, after a full day of work, teaching a fitness class and lifting was a chore! I hated that!! I went for the presto log!

It was a good time though. No kids then.
It really depends on your personality :)These ones are pretty small but I'd be the only person living there plus my dogs. I don't want to live with anyone else anymore I do that now (renting rooms out in my house) and I'm kind of sick of it. lol These all have heat and running water etc. Basically just a smaller house in the woods. I'd probably get a small boat too since they're right on the water. I think it would be pretty fun. More concerned with the size especially if there is no 2nd bedroom. I don't think I 'need' a 2nd bedroom but I think it would be a good thing to have just in case. Other than that I'm really thinking about it.

OutdoorsinCO
05-30-2014, 01:36 PM
I'm looking at getting a log cabin, luckily all the family is onboard. Of course my idea of a log cabin is a small 2br home theirs is one of those grand ones

scullin
05-30-2014, 01:38 PM
I'm looking at getting a log cabin, luckily all the family is onboard. Of course my idea of a log cabin is a small 2br home theirs is one of those grand onesStrong name to thread ratio. :D

Plateauplower
05-30-2014, 01:53 PM
Sounds like a nice spot to me, I love the outdoors and grew up in the country, now live near Chicago and hate it...my only cabin experience was before my wife and I were married we spent about two weeks in a cabin built in the 1800s in the mountains in Colorado. Wood stove for cooking and heat, outhouse (with no door just a pit under it) no water, no electricity, it was a touch on the rough side. I say go for it but make sure it has water, electricity, and a toilet showering outside under a bag shower loses it's cool factor after the first or second time lol. It sounds pretty cool to me though.

scullin
05-30-2014, 02:08 PM
Sounds like a nice spot to me, I love the outdoors and grew up in the country, now live near Chicago and hate it...my only cabin experience was before my wife and I were married we spent about two weeks in a cabin built in the 1800s in the mountains in Colorado. Wood stove for cooking and heat, outhouse (with no door just a pit under it) no water, no electricity, it was a touch on the rough side. I say go for it but make sure it has water, electricity, and a toilet showering outside under a bag shower loses it's cool factor after the first or second time lol. It sounds pretty cool to me though.No these are modern. Real bathroom, heat, electricity etc.

This one is not for sale but this is what I'd like to get ideally. This one is a little bigger than the ones I saw before they're in the same neighborhood as this one.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8411-Haire-St-Manassas-VA-20112/2143090464_zpid/

CCFD2466
05-30-2014, 02:10 PM
Currently living in cabin crew

TubbyDad
05-30-2014, 02:19 PM
No these are modern. Real bathroom, heat, electricity etc.

This one is not for sale but this is what I'd like to get ideally. This one is a little bigger than the ones I saw before they're in the same neighborhood as this one.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8411-Haire-St-Manassas-VA-20112/2143090464_zpid/

That's not a log cabin lol.

Edit: looks like it has logs underneath, but they faced it on the outside and sheetrocked inside? Kinda lame but whatever floats your boat I guess.

scullin
05-30-2014, 02:22 PM
That's not a log cabin lol.
http://photos3.zillow.com/p_f/IS5ypkt8eqvipm1000000000.jpg
http://photos2.zillow.com/p_f/ISpllwsv5afopm1000000000.jpg

TubbyDad
05-30-2014, 02:24 PM
Yeah, not at all what I consider to be a log cabin. All that insulation is terrible. A good cabin has straight logs that don't require anything more than spot-filling with a caulk gun (if that).

scullin
05-30-2014, 02:28 PM
Yeah, not at all what I consider to be a log cabin. All that insulation is terrible. A good cabin has straight logs that don't require anything more than spot-filling with a caulk gun (if that).
Well there's a few like this, not this particular one. But an example of what I'd like. The other ones are smaller and not as nice as this one IMO. But compared to where I live now, it's a cabin. The location is of all of these are pretty sweet, in the woods and right on the water.

http://ak.t2.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/cmd/svhybrid?a=032010201112312&g=2502&dir=dir_n&n=z

TubbyDad
05-30-2014, 02:33 PM
Well there's a few like this, not this particular one. But an example of what I'd like. The other ones are smaller and not as nice as this one IMO. But compared to where I live now, it's a cabin. The location is of all of these are pretty sweet, in the woods and right on the water.

http://ak.t2.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/cmd/svhybrid?a=032010201112312&g=2502&dir=dir_n&n=z

No doubt. I mean yeah technically it's a log cabin just not what a lot of people (myself included) think of when you say "log cabin". I'm not really sure how it works when you face it and use drywall though. I'd want to make sure that behind the paneling is the proper vapor barrier or insulation (both?) or you would probably face mold issues at some point. On the plus side you never have to buy a stud finder.

Corbi
05-30-2014, 03:15 PM
If you're cool with spending the rest of your life single, get the log cabin.

A dude with a log cabin is one of the first red flags to a chick. It's in the same category as a dude who lives with his Mom.

Most chicks don't know what they want but they sure as $hit don't want to live in no log cabin.

I don't think anyone owning this could fail to score chicks :D
http://olpos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Fantastic-Natural-Log-Cabin-House-with-Elegant-Wooden-Staircase-and-Fancy-Garden-Steel-Chairs.jpg

Or you could go the cheap route
http://cdn.home-designing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/log-house-architecture.jpg

ChazWood
05-30-2014, 04:39 PM
I don't think anyone owning this could fail to score chicks :D
http://olpos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Fantastic-Natural-Log-Cabin-House-with-Elegant-Wooden-Staircase-and-Fancy-Garden-Steel-Chairs.jpg
haha, indeed. Although calling that a log cabin is like calling a hand-glider a plane. Sure it's got logs but it ain't no cabin!

mcbourque
05-30-2014, 06:32 PM
The bold is what I want. Been married for 10 years and can't wait to get divorced. I don't want to get married again. Not worried about not getting women, I can do that easy enough.

The ones I'm looking aren't isn't 'rustic'. They're modern, just in the woods. But not out in the middle of nowhere, only 10 miles from where I live now (next town over, near a lake).

These ones are pretty small but I'd be the only person living there plus my dogs. I don't want to live with anyone else anymore I do that now (renting rooms out in my house) and I'm kind of sick of it. lol These all have heat and running water etc. Basically just a smaller house in the woods. I'd probably get a small boat too since they're right on the water. I think it would be pretty fun. More concerned with the size especially if there is no 2nd bedroom. I don't think I 'need' a 2nd bedroom but I think it would be a good thing to have just in case. Other than that I'm really thinking about it.

A cabin near water! That's a winner right there. Especially if you got heat, shower and all that.

SP1966
05-30-2014, 06:34 PM
haha, indeed. Although calling that a log cabin is like calling a hand-glider a plane. Sure it's got logs but it ain't no cabin!

Actually calling that a cabin would be like calling a 747 a hang glider, not the other way around. Please get your analogies right!

Thank you

SP1966
05-30-2014, 06:35 PM
A cabin near water! That's a winner right there. Especially if you got heat, shower and all that.

He's asking if anyone has ever lived in a log cabin, not an igloo, no Canadian opinions required!

Phattso
05-30-2014, 06:48 PM
I want a log mansion. Screw the cabin.

mcbourque
05-30-2014, 07:04 PM
He's asking if anyone has ever lived in a log cabin, not an igloo, no Canadian opinions required!

Fine! You guys living south are way too pampered!

ChazWood
05-30-2014, 07:06 PM
Actually calling that a cabin would be like calling a 747 a hang glider, not the other way around. Please get your analogies right!

Thank you
haha, oops. I am Canadian... :D

cowboybiker
05-30-2014, 07:11 PM
http://john.do/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/lincoln-logs.jpg

GuyJin
05-30-2014, 08:17 PM
I LIVE IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!

:D

Y'mean, no one's posted this yet?
You guys iz so slow...

:)

Brackneyc
05-30-2014, 08:26 PM
My BIL has a log home. No sheetrock on the main level. The basement is finished in sheetrock however. Pretty high maint on the logs/roof. Replaces several logs and cedar shakes each year, along with sealing them every year. It is very cool, but too much upkeep imo. Theirs sit on 5 acres. They have horses, goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

UnaChispita
05-30-2014, 09:55 PM
OMG OP

Always wanted to live in a log home. Near some water and woods. Have a big garden.

Good luck.

http://imagesus.homeaway.com/vd2/files/WVR/400x300/34/337468/131541_25.jpg

scullin
06-02-2014, 05:40 AM
So I drove out to two of the cabins over the weekend just out of curiosity. Both of them were renovated recently so they were pretty nice. The first one was a little on the small side and I didn't like the parking (would be best for a jeep or something). But it wasn't right for me, I would hate the parking too much.

The second one was larger and even nicer. It is one bedroom but could easily make into a 2 bedroom, it's 1000 sqft and half of it is the bedroom. Only issue with this one is I'd have to do something to set up an area for my dogs for outside. Most of the land is used up by a huge deck (which I love) but I could definitely make something work. Has a shed with electricity right next to the house that I'd make my home gym too! It's not a 'log' cabin but is in the woods and on the water.

http://images.kw.com/listings/6/6/6/6668314/1399328094203__kwipfn01_0_.jpg

http://images.kw.com/listings/6/6/6/6668314/1399328158085__kwipfn20_20_.jpg

MaleOrderBride
06-02-2014, 05:41 AM
I am a Log Cabin Republican.

TubbyDad
06-02-2014, 05:43 AM
That's pretty sweet. I would love to retire in a place like that (after kids are out).

scullin
06-02-2014, 05:46 AM
That's pretty sweet. I would love to retire in a place like that (after kids are out). Mine don't live with me so that's kind of why I want to do it. I'll save about $800 / month or more on my mortgage too.

beachguy498
06-02-2014, 06:22 AM
When I was a kid, my parents looked at some models and they were quite nice looking. I would consider living in one if all was pretty up to date with it and no big maintenance issues. Upstate NY I see models advertised along the Thruway and they seem to be fairly popular there.

Rob

scullin
06-02-2014, 06:33 AM
When I was a kid, my parents looked at some models and they were quite nice looking. I would consider living in one if all was pretty up to date with it and no big maintenance issues. Upstate NY I see models advertised along the Thruway and they seem to be fairly popular there.

RobYeah, this one would be less maintainance than my house is now other than having to put a fence in for my dogs.