Although we try to make our log cabin home packages as complete as possible, there are still some items you will be responsible for completing. Many of our customers choose to hire a dependable, local general contractor to pull these details together, while more adventurous folks opt to do the work themselves.
While our residential structures already include a full set of drawings that has been reviewed to ensure code compliance, the actual acquisition of a building permit and other local building requirements are your responsibility. But since the plans have already had a code review and our portion of the project will be factory-inspected, this process is typically much easier than it is for a site-built structure.
You will need a local excavator to level the site and/or dig the hole for the foundation. This same contractor typically installs a driveway & removes trees as well if needed.
While a small Recreational Cabin can be put on a crushed stone base with a simple plumbing access pit under the bath area, a Log Cabin Home will require a crawl space foundation or full basement. Your final plans will include a foundation design with every dimension your contractor needs for construction. It can be constructed of your choice of: cinder blocks, poured concrete, precast walls, or insulated concrete forms (ICF). In addition to a perimeter wall, all sizes over 15’ wide will require central supports where the two modules come together. This is typically accomplished with block piers for crawl space foundations. For basements a row of steel columns (every 6’-7’) can be used, or a steel I-beam with only a couple posts.
Well & Septic
If you do not have an existing water supply or sewer system this can be added before or after the cabin is installed. Remember that on-site wells and septic systems require permits and approvals from your local code/zoning authority. Most times the excavator you hire to do the grading is also able to install an on-site septic system.
A panel box will be factory-installed in your cabin, but you will be responsible for bringing the power to the panel box. If the panel box is installed inside the cabin a conduit will be provided through the floor or exterior wall for this connection. Or, if you are putting your cabin on a basement, we can temporarily tuck the panel box up under the floor and swing it down onto your basement wall when the cabin is set.
The plumbing is complete inside the cabin, but you need to make the final connections. If your cabin is on a crawl space foundation or basement all the water lines and drains will be stubbed through the house floor below each fixture. After the cabin is in place your plumber will connect all these locations below the floor and connect them to your well and septic. A Recreational Cabin on a slab will have all the water lines and drains routed to one location so your plumber can make all the connections from the plumbing access pit.
All exterior steps to porches, decks, and exterior doors will need to be installed after your final grading is done. Also, if you are on a basement we will create the stairwell opening, but the actual basement stairs will be your responsibility.
Roof Gutters & Downspouts
We recommend installing roof gutters & downspouts. We do not install them to allow narrower shipping widths and to prevent gutter damage during craning of the modules. This must be done by a local contractor.
Our packages do not include a heating system, though we do offer the option of electric baseboard heat as well as a through-the-roof wood stove chimney. Virtually any traditional heating system (including central heat & A/C or radiant floor heat) can be installed by a local contractor.
We install all the kitchen cabinetry, counter tops, and faucets – but not the appliances (such as the range, refrigerator, and dishwasher). We find that most customers would rather choose these items themselves. The one appliance we do include is a range hood (and the optional over-range microwave).
Furniture & Window Treatments
And then, of course, there are furniture and window treatments (curtains, blinds, etc.) which are not provided. Decorate your Cozy Cabin with your own unique touch!
We have attempted to list the most frequently asked questions about our log cabin homes, but we realize that every situation is different and this list may not address every aspect for your project. If you have questions about any of these items or are unsure about something not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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