America’s super size culture has caused many people to buy more home than they can afford, or really need. People do that by assuming a large mortgage. Once locked into the debt they face a daily grind just to make ends meet. Small log cabins can help people avoid that traditional trap and reclaim some financial freedom. Here are 6 reasons why it makes sense to build a small log cabin, rather than a big one.
- Smaller cabins will use less energy for heating and cooling. It is just a function of the volume, or cubic feet, of the structure that needs to be heated. Since you physically heat less air in a smaller log cabin, your HVAC bills will be lower year after year.
- You pay less in taxes for a small log cabin versus a big log home. Yearly property taxes are often assessed based on square footage. So if you’re living in a small to modest sized log cabin, you’ll save money every year versus the guy who lives in a giant log McMansion.
- Small log cabins costs less to build than big log cabins. That means it is often possible to build your own for cash out of pocket, just like Larry did when he built his log home for $40,000. That’s how you avoid the high sticker price of buying someone else’s home, and the high cost of debt service. Believe it or not, when someone just buys a finished home they often pay nothing but interest on their loan for the first 10 years they are making payments.
- Small cabins makes an excellent second home or rental property. There are actually many ways to make a profit with your small log cabin.
- It’s just physically easier to build than a small log cabin versus a big one. There’s less work. You lift less weight, drive fewer nails, etc.
- A small log cabin goes up quicker than a big log cabin. For instance our student Jeff built his log home working alone during his summer vacation.
As an added bonus, you will have a smaller eco footprint by living in a small cabin. If you look at Mike Vowels award winning green log home you’ll see how passionate our members are about building environmentally friendly log homes.
As Skip Ellsworth used to say, “Build the smallest log home that you can afford.” If you do that, then you could be on the path to some economic freedom. That’s what small log cabins are about!