The beginnings of a log cabin rental business.

February 21st, 2009 by Carrie

water_drain As I begin to write this “beginnings” blog, my head swims with all the ideas related to this project over the years.  Sometimes they would actually make it to paper or an excel spreadsheet, but more often than not, they would end up going down the drain with my morning shower as I got ready for work.

Well, today is going to be a little different. Today I am going to begin writing about all the events that happen along the path of our journey. I am hoping, that in some strange way, documenting the process will also be a motivator for me to stick with it, and see the project to completion; a log cabin I can begin renting.

When I look back and try to figure out where this dream all started, I have to chuckle. It always reminds me of one of the first times we brought my parents out to show them the land that we had purchased. As we were driving them down our lane my Dad says, “so, you can build a couple of those cabins right over there.” What? We aren’t building a cabin! We are going to build a house to raise our family in. And we had already decided Read the rest of this entry »

Log Cabin Floor Plan and 3D Model

February 13th, 2009 by Doug

Things are finally starting to get back to normal around here after the big ice storm.  However, Mother Nature was not done with us yet. Yesterday we experienced 20-50 MPH winds that finished off anything the ice storm weakened. I had really underestimated the amount of damage to all the trees. While headed to the barn this evening I was hard pressed to find a tree that was completely intact. I have a feeling the family is going to be roasting more than our fair share of marshmallows this spring, trying to get everything cleaned up.

Now that keeping my family warm and safe is not an immediate need, I can get back to working on the cabin. During the downtime caused by the weather, I took the opportunity to sketch out the floor plan for the cabin. The wife and I, for the most part, have always agreed on a floor plan. Sure there have been some minor changes, but only trying to cut cost or use a certain material in the construction more efficiently. In the end we always come back around to a 24’ x 36’ foot print.

Outside 3D View of Log Cabin

Outside 3D View of Log Cabin

Since the main focus of the cabin is for the daily rental market, making it appealing to visitors is priority one. We feel an open and spacious floor plan that gave us enough area in the great room to hold a couch, sitting chairs, fireplace and a full size pool table would be pretty appealing. Below is a picture of the main floor Read the rest of this entry »

Ice Storm, Log Supplier & The Building Site

February 2nd, 2009 by Doug

I am not sure how it happens, but time sure does fly by. If you would of asked me last month where we would be on this project by now, I would have said the footings would be in and a log package on order. But instead, the building site is covered in ice and we still have not decided on a log supplier.

Log Cabin Building Site After Ice Storm

Log Cabin Building Site After Ice Storm

Log Supplier

I can handle the set backs with the weather, it’s finding a log supplier that has me the most concerned. Most suppliers need a minimum of six weeks to supply logs and others need up to three months! This is only one of many dilemmas when searching for a log supplier. Some of the other concerns are the species of logs, shape of logs, and of course cost. All of these just add to the chaos of selecting a supplier not to mention all the conflicting “sales” information found on the internet. I want to hold off on talking about this too much and will save the topic for another discussion, but I have a feeling this is one of the most important choices we will make on this project.

Building Site

Considering the mandatory downtime, I figured this would be a good chance to talk a little about the building site.

The site sits on a ridge just north of a four acre pond that was installed two years ago. I would like to back the cabin up to the edge of the ridge and put the deck over the other side.   Read the rest of this entry »