We need to Build a Log Cabin NOW! But I need a plan.

July 30th, 2009 by Doug

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Time really has a way of getting away from a person. Over the past few weeks our lives have come to an annual apex of sorts. School for the kids is letting out for the summer, swim lessons are starting, semester at college is ending, kids and adult church programs are ending and with each of these come the closing rituals of dinners, finals, ceremonies and field trips. No doubt time has been precious these days making it extremely difficult to focus on the cabin, but the good news is the foundation walls are done and the log package has arrived!

Log Package Arrives!


WOW! Logs are delivered to the cabin site.

It’s hard to believe that after two long years of researching there is a log package over in the south field waiting for my attention. When I ordered the logs a couple of month ago, I never dreamed it would turn out to be the 6th wettest spring in Illinois recorded history! This put a slight damper on my plans, but it actually worked out best with all the events going on with the family.

Foundation Walls are Done

The foundation walls were completed in a couple of days without any major events. I did have one minor one. I completely forgot to allocate space in the walls for all of the mechanicals to pass through (septic, water, etc.). Not a huge deal, but this would have been much easier to deal with while the brick was being laid then to drill these in later. Nasty work drilling concrete.


Block work has been completed!

As I mentioned in another post, hiring out the block for me was money well spent. In the end, I spent $1274.00 to have around 630 blocks laid. This breaks down to around $2 dollars per block. I really can’t complain about that, but I did notice the foundation is a little out of square. I guess I am partially to blame for this as I think they used the string lines that were used to rough in the footings. These lines and the battens were knocked around a bit during the digging process but all I needed was a rough idea for the footings, nothing too precise was needed. I should of doubled checked. This is going to cause me some headaches down the road.

Upcoming Posts On My List

  • Drainage tile around the foundation
  • Log package selection
  • Plumbing – Waste lines and vent lines
  • Plumbing – PEX
  • Rock fill – Lots of hard work!
  • Final prep before the slab gets poured – concrete selection, special footings, anchor bolts

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