Three different families share their experience learning how to build a log cabin and then building it themselves from scratch
Here at the LHBA, people ask us how to build a log cabin all the time. It’s probably the number one question asked by the general public, and you might be asking yourself that question right now.
In just a minute we will introduce you to 3 separate families who did exactly that — built their own cabin from scratch (despite never having built anything before). And we’ll explain how they did it.
One thing they had in common was that they all signed up for our 2-day class and lifetime membership in the LHBA. Our class focuses on the easiest way, the quickest way, the least expensive way, the strongest way, (etc) to construct your cabin.
It’s because of the techniques we cover at our class, that regular folks with no previous construction experience can erect the shell of their house in just two weeks… or put up their cabin for just $20,000 total cost, or make a $160,000 selling your first home.
Each class is slightly different, based on questions asked students. For example, if the class seems very interested in a specific topic, like passive solar design, than we’ll be happy to talk about it… if the class does not seem interested in that topic then we’ll skip it. But our class will always show you everything you need to know in order to construct your own house.
Here’s an overview of all the topics we cover at our class:
- Selecting your logs, peeling, seasoning and transporting (by truck and rail).
- Buying property, site selection, site plans, site preparation, etc.
- Dealing with building codes and engineering.
- Construction costs and materials lists (take offs), etc.
- Building loans and traditional financing and alternative financing (which is not recommended), etc.
- Building plans, building permits, tips and tricks about dealing with building inspectors, etc.
- Foundations: excavating, building forms, placing forms, pouring concrete, etc.
- Erecting walls, installing joists, rafters, purlins, ridge poles, girders, columns and posts, notchwork, etc.
- Roofing: sub roof, insulation, venting, roofing felt, roofing material, ridge vent, etc.
- Framing: gable ends, interior walls, fire blocks, cats, etc.
- Plumbing: kitchens, bathrooms, hot tubs, solar hot water heaters, wells, city water, pex, wet walls, fixtures, etc.
- HVAC: heating options, air conditioner options, alternative energy options, etc.
- Wall settling: keyways, settling space, slip joints, screw jacks, installing windows and doors, etc.
- Electrical: how to wire your house, electrical plans, panels, etc.
- Long term maintenance, restoration, etc.
- Selling your house, marketing ideas, etc.
- How to minimize your property tax burden.
- Pioneering techniques: lifting heavy timbers, joist work, wells, foundations, etc.
- How to lift all your logs using tools that can fit into the truck of your car, etc.
At our class you also get a copy of the Association’s Construction manual. The manual already has the class info in it, including notes, diagrams, pictures, our exclusive engineered span tables, charts, etc. Having this reference makes the learning process a lot easier.
In just 2 days, our class literally covers all aspects of building your house. It also includes tons of other invaluable general construction information. The knowledge gained at our class will help you have a wonderful and successful experience as an owner builder of your own low cost cabin.
After the class, this member and his wife built themselves a very nice house — like countless other members have.
Below are three families who each built their own house from scratch… Click the links to read more about how these former students accomplished their cabin projects:
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