The Benner's Log Cabin

The Benner's Log Cabin

Well, not exactly a cabin, as it is a little larger than what you would call a cabin. We are building this cabin on our two acres, not from a kit, but the old fashioned way, with the trees we have harvested off the property.

The area for the house has been cleared of trees (stacked in the background) and underbrush. The large oak in the left of the picture will eventually be in the backyard. You can also see the shop at the right, still haven't put the metal on the roof or chinked the walls, but soon.

This is one of several stacks of logs that will be used to build the house. After the logs have dried for a few months the bark peels off very easily. On top of the logs is one our dogs Missy (short for Mississippi).

The piers for the raised foundation are complete. The soil was dug down to hard clay (about 10"). Concrete footings were poored first, then the cinderblock piers are built on the footings. The cinderblocks were then filled with concrete. Anchor bolts, for bolting the sill logs, and flashing, for insect protection, are on top of the piers. In the center is the hoist (called a "tip-up jammer") I built for lifting the logs.

The sill logs, sleeper logs are complete and the floor joists are now going in. Once the joists are complete a subfloor of plywood will be added and a tongue and groove wood floor will be added on top of the subfloor once the cabin is complete.

All ninety floor joists are done, but still need to put the plywood subloor on the joists.

The second course of logs are complete.

Five courses now complete.

Window and door frames going in.

Tenth course almost complete. We're getting there, almost ready to move in LOL.

The walls are now complete and we have begun work on adding logs for the ceiling.

Building the support posts and ridge line and the vaulted ceiling.

The roof is complete. The next step is to add the chinking and daubing between all the logs.

Added the chinking, wood filler between the logs.

The daubing, a mixture of clay, sand, ash and straw, fills in the spaces between the logs.