You are sure to be impressed when you take a look at this stunning log cabin located in Sylvan Creek, Idaho. This log cabin is located on the Northwest bank of Payette Lake and illustrates the architect’s talent for massing volumes to create spacious log cabin interiors that appear modest to the passerby. While many of the old, family log cabin buildings on Payette have been demolished and replaced, this area of the lakefront still has a number of these characters in place. The clients for this project needed more space than the existing, outdated log cabin afforded them, but wanted the same feel as the old cabin had with the site.
One of the features that helps minimize the architectural form in this design is the use of Dutch Hips at the gable ends. The bark-on log siding lends it an old-timey sensibility. The cabin property has a year-round stream running through the site on its way to the lake, which presented an interesting challenge in getting from the garage/guest quarters to the main house. The solution was a bridge connecting the two. Beautifully finished inside and out, this log cabin combines plenty of wood throughout with stonework for a log cabin that goes above and beyond. The wooden beams and wood floors give the log cabin a warm glow, and the use of several windows floods the space with natural light.
Log cabins are more popular today than ever been before. Log cabins have been around for hundreds of years, and there is a rich background behind these rustic and durable home designs. Log cabins have been around for almost 5000 years. In the past wood, cabin buildings were built for protection from the elements, fast forward to today, and you will find log cabins in more luxurious and contemporary designs. Log cabins have a colorful and interesting history that started a long time ago. The first log cabins were built in Northern Europe. They were later brought to America and have been a part of American architectural design since. The Swedes and other Scandinavian people were the first to introduce log house designs to America.
Some might argue that wood cabins also came from Germany, while others will say that log cabins came from British settlers. Regardless of where log cabins got their origins, these durable dwellings served many purposes from shelter from the elements to homes where people lived. Settlers in different parts of America, including New York, Kentucky, and Tennessee learned all about building log cabins. It was in these areas that there were thick forests that made them perfect for log house construction and homes to the backwoodsman. In the early stages of American log cabins, you would find a cabin building as a stack of tree trunks that were put on top of one another with interlocking notches. Other log cabins were put together by nailing the edges. Log cabins had sturdy foundations where the walls of the stacked tree trunks were placed.
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