A Log Cabin is constructed of logs. Log cabins were built from logs laid horizontally and interlocked on the ends with notches. Log cabins come in 2 main different types. Milled and handcrafted, milled is the product of an automated manufacturing process that converts raw logs into a precision milled product of exacting dimensions and profiles. Milled log cabins typically feature an interlocking mechanism that allows manufactured logs to fit snugly when stacked. Likewise, milled log cabins allow for several different corner styles and log lengths. The hand crafted cabin appears more old fashioned, the logs used in a handcrafted log cabin retain many of the individual characteristics of the tree they once were and are generally more old looking than milled logs.
Log cabins are constructed using a bunch of different tree species and no one is really better than another. Several things including environmental conditions, structural requirements, homeowner preference, availability and cost of course, often combine to create a shortlist of most commonly used species. Avalon Log Homes offers its clients the ability to build using any species of wood, but mostly uses the following species: Douglas Fir, Engelmann Spruce, Hemlock, Larch, Lodgepole Pine, Ponderosa Pine and Western Red Cedar. The floors in a log cabin is usually some kind of polished wood or could have stone. The roof can sometimes have heavy rafters that are exposed or they could just have a traditional plywood roof.