What could be better than your own log cabin? Picture the scene of waking up in the cool, bracing air of the forest with a roaring fire in the fireplace. It’s the American dream.
Now, there a million ways to build a log cabin. But the easiest way to do it is to buy a log cabin kit.
There are several types of kit available though and it’s important to work out what you want before you buy.
You can go for a bare bones approach, which gives you the framework btu then you need to add a little to it to make it livable. This is cheap but probably best for those with higher levels of DIY skill.
Then there’s a more “everything in the box” approach where you get the kit and then just follow the instructions to put it together. There’s often also an option as there is with many of our 10 best log cabin kits to have someone else build it for you.
After all, no-one said you had to do the hard work to achieve the dream, did they?
The Best Log Cabin Kits
Conestoga Log Cabin Kits
There’s a kit for nearly every budget at Conestoga.
They have cabins ranging from just 169 square feet up to 1,100 square feet.
This isn’t a huge place but that’s what makes it so affordable.
We love the aesthetic appeal of these cabins too – they look like the frontier dwellings that make your heart beat a little faster.
You can find Conestoga Log Cabin Kits on the Conestoga website online.
Log Cabin Homes
If you want a log cabin where the quality of the wood is paramount – then look no farther than Log Cabin Homes.
They ensure that all of their logs are properly graded with their full green credentials on display.
They are more expensive than average but they’re absolutely worth it.
You can find the Log Cabin Homes kits on the Log Cabin Homes website online.
Southland Log Homes
Southland is one of the big names in the log cabin industry and they have a couple of kits that retail for around $20,000 (though they can get much bigger and much more expensive).
If you want a tiny home approach to log cabins this is a very affordable way to do it.
You can find the Southland Log Homes kits on the Southland website online.
Coventry Log Homes
If you want to keep your heating bills to a minimum when you move into your log cabin then opt for a Coventry Log Home.
Their kits are all Energy Star rated. They cost as little as $22,000 for a one bedroom cabin under 400 square feet too!
You can find the Coventry Log Homes kits on the Coventry website online.
Battlecreek Log Cabins
These log cabins are all strikingly beautiful and there are so many to choose from that you can’t go wrong.
We like the fact that many of them come in at less than 1,000 square feet which means you can rely on Battlecreek to suit your wallet as well as your taste.
You can find the Battlecreek Log Cabins on the Battlecreek website online.
Finger Lakes Log Homes
These kits are a bit bigger than average but Michael Griffin, the owner of Finger Lakes Log Homes, lives in one of these homes himself – so, you can be certain that they’re up to scratch.
You can get nearly 1,300 square feet of kit home for just under $34,000!
You can find the Finger Lakes Log Homes on the Finger Lakes website online.
Honest Abe Log Cabins
We like the mix of Eastern White Pine and Douglas Fir timber that is used in Honest Abe Log Cabins.
Each timber is properly dried (no kiln cheats employed here) to ensure that it will last as long as possible once it’s in place in your property.
You can find the Honest Abe Log Cabins on the Honest Abe website online.
These are upscale if still on the budget side of things log cabins and we really like the way that eLog Homes are appointed.
You might pay a little more for them, but you get a really homely feel inside that still has a real modern edge to it.
Step outside the door though and it’s very traditional. Great stuff.
You can find the eLog Homes cabins on the eLog Homes website online.
Merrimac Log Homes
The “ready to assemble” Merrimac kits are the best way to keep your costs to a minimum. You can easily put one of these together yourself or you can hire someone local to you to do the work – whichever way, you’ll have a beautiful log cabin for a very reasonable investment.
You can find Merrimac Log Homes on the Merrimac website online.
Moosehead Cedar Log Homes
This Maine-based company can help you with a modest medium sized cabin kit all the way to up a near 4,000 square foot four bedroom and four-bathroom cabin. Sometimes, you just need space and Moosehead Cedar understands how to give it to you.
You can find Moosehead Cedar Log Homes on the Moosehead Cedar website online.
Caring For A Log Cabin
Once you’ve bought your log cabin – don’t forget that these types of home require constant maintenance to stay in good shape.
It’s not a huge amount of work but it’s important work.
If you don’t put in the effort, then you’re going to find that you need a new house much sooner than you’d expect.
- Regularly inspect drainage – water build ups (or worse, sewage build ups) can damage the foundation of your home. Adding topsoil can often improve surface drainage.
- Maintain the eaves – the eaves should extend about 2-3 feet from the roof to prevent the wood from seeing to much wet or too much sun.
- Cover the gutters – use a mesh and ensure that the gutters and downspouts don’t get blocked with leaves and other debris.
- Apply UV treatment regularly – your log cabin can get sunburn and that means you need to ensure that you’re regularly staining the wood with a UV resistant product to keep the damage to a minimum.
Also watch out for upward facing cracks in the wood (this means it may need replacing), for any rot in boards or panels (treat it) and make sure that the window sills remain firm and aren’t softening too.
Last Word on Log Cabin Kits
We love the thought of having a log cabin of our very own and we hope that you found one that you liked in our list of the 10 best log cabin kits.
In fact, we’d love to see a photo if you have a log cabin of your own!
If, on the other hand, you can’t quite make up your mind on what kind of place you want to build – why not check out our guide to the best A-frame kit houses?
They’re super easy to put together.
You might also appreciate our guide to tiny house design because a home in the woods can be any kind of home that you want it to be.