People Love This 18x24 Retreat Cabin

The Silverwolf Cabin is a 14 foot by 24-foot log cabin that was originally designed for vacation rentals at the Silverwolf Log Chalets just outside of Glacier National Park in Montana. When people think of a Montana log cabin, the Silverwolf Cabin is exactly what would come to mind. With a small footprint, this log cabin has everything you need for a getaway in the mountains or a guest home. The covered front deck is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. If you get a chance to visit Northwest Montana you can see these amazing homes for yourself.

The log houses with Meadowlark are handcrafted and come as a completely pre-assembled log cabin package, with exterior log walls and interior log walls where shown on floor plans, and with log walls up to the peaks including log gables, and fully pre-assembled loft joist and roof beam/purlin system. The log house walls are pre-drilled for 5/8 inch by 10-inch steel rebar pins, and the loft joists and roof purlins are drilled to accept wood dowels and are flattened, ready for tongue and groove lumber.

The logs for the homes are air-dried before use, so shrinkage is minimized, and since there is less settling of logs, the overall shrinkage of the log house wall is greatly reduced. Compared to other log walls, where only the outside edges of the scribed log contact the log below it or chink style where the chinking provides the support, flat on flat log walls provide the best shear and buckling resistance available in a log house. They can therefore handle greater point loads and extreme forces from wind or earthquake. This exceptional stability allows Meadowlark Log Homes to easily build log walls up the gable ends to the peak log.

All of the log homes have 100 percent logs on an exterior wall. Using these modern building materials with the wide surface contact area of flat on flat log house construction creates one of the tightest, most energy-efficient log homes possible. The log homes can be erected more quickly than most other construction styles, resulting in labor cost savings. The exterior log walls, wood porch deck floors, porch steps, and railings need to be stained to preserve their color and give years and possibly centuries of life to the log home. A colored, pigmented, or tinted log house stain must be used on the exterior to preserve the logs in your log home and should be done within 6 months of log house package delivery.

Log homes are an energy-efficient home choice. The log cabins from Meadowlark are a flat on flat building system, with insulation tape and chinking at each course and foam insulation at each joint, they have a well-insulated wall. Log homes are a competitively energy-efficient, durable, and environmentally useful alternative to traditional construction methods. Both consumers and the environment will benefit from the increasing recognition of log houses like green and energy-efficient dwellings. Log homes have a long history in North America and Europe.

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