A log cabin can be a great way to enjoy the simpler things in life, allowing you to relax and de-stress, all while enjoying all that nature has to offer. If you’re constantly maintaining your log cabin, though, this idealistic lifestyle can quickly be interrupted. Fortunately, there are many features you can add or update that will help make your log cabin maintenance as easy and simple as the log cabin lifestyle itself.
Since your log cabin’s beauty comes from the logs that make up the cabin, there is little need for drywall or other more common wall finishes. In addition to natural beauty, though, this feature of log cabins makes them easier to maintain. So long as you seal the logs properly, which should be done anyway to prevent water damage, the logs in your cabin will naturally repel dirt and debris that can often cause problems with more common wall materials. Even if young children color on the walls, it will be easier to clean and remove from your sealed logs than it would be from drywall or plaster.
Floors in a log cabin should be simple and easy-to-clean. After all, extravagant floors would simply detract from the overall rustic look of your ideal log cabin. That’s why materials like vinyl make a lot of sense in a log cabin context. Vinyl floors are inexpensive, durable, easy to clean, and can be found in a variety of styles and colors. Their durability makes them ideal for rocks and dirt that are tracked in from outside, while their cleanliness ensures you won’t have to spend hours making them look their best.
One of the biggest challenges in any home is dealing with unpleasant odors. In a properly sealed log cabin, however, this can be much less of a challenge. This is because the wood of the log cabin serves as a natural deodorizer, resulting in a pleasant smell that your entire family can enjoy. Additionally, the natural properties of wood allow a log cabin to “breathe” more than a typical home, allowing air to circulate, removing offensive odors in the process.
Another benefit of the natural properties of wood in a log cabin is that the overall appearance of your log cabin will be maintained for a longer period of time. Unlike homes made from more common materials, settling that occurs in a log cabin will result in fewer cracks that can ruin the appearance of the interior and exterior of your home.
This is because wood is more flexible than other construction materials, meaning your home has some amount of natural flex built-in to account for any settling that occurs. Though you may have to repair some small sections of the seals between the logs, this will be much easier than repairing major sections of drywall or masonry that you would need to do in a traditional home.
There’s just something about wood that invites you to relax the moment you enter your log cabin. Enjoying nature is far easier when you’re surrounded by natural materials at all times. Combined with the easy-care features of your log cabin, you’ll find yourself relaxed and tranquil in your home, whether you live there full-time or escape there occasionally.