Log cabins

Log cabins were the earliest houses of our pioneer ancestors. Logs were easily available for building an early structure in the Midwest.

Shelters, shacks, and shanties and how to build them
D.C. Beard ; foreword by Noel Perrin ; with illustrations by the author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2011.
Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties offers easy, step-by-step advice on how to build all types of accommodations, both temporary and long-term. Written by a founder of the Boy Scouts of America, this is a practical and essential guide for anyone looking to build buildings for their own homestead with both natural and manmade materials. This primer contains detailed directions and handy illustrations on how to construct a wide range of shelters, including sod houses, tree houses,log cabins, bark teepees, fishermen's cabins, and more!
How to build your dream cabin in the woods : the ultimate guide to building and maintaining a backcountry getaway
J. Wayne Fears.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
For generations, nature lovers, writers, and sportsmen have found an escape from their day-to-day world in living closer to nature. J. Wayne Fears offers a complete guide to building without the hassle of a construction crew or outrageous costs. This ultimate resource includes photos, blueprints, and diagrams, and covers the steps to constructing the cabin you've always wanted such as:
Compact cabins : simple living in 1,000 square feet or less
by Gerald Rowan.
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2009.
From a 200-square foot personal retreat to off-the-grid passive solar cabins, Rowan (who has taught architecture, art, and graphic design for many years) presents 50 designs for micro, mini, and compact cabins to fit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. For each modular design, he specifies the square footage, features, number it can accommodate, and its adaptability to being off-the-grid. He offers tips and illustrations on design, local building codes, location, logistics, construction materials and methods, and energy efficiency. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Hundreds of years later log construction is still popular for country hideaways and homes in the woods. Log cabins have broad appeal.

Missouri is blessed with several tree species that provide suitable logs for construction, among them pine and oak. Building with a native material can be more earth friendly than using manufactured materials trucked from far away. Log construction works in Missouriís climate. A log home can be handcrafted by local artisans who fit each unique log into place using skills honed over the years. Or a home can be made from uniformly processed logs by companies that have perfected plans and processes to keep costs affordable.

Kit Homes

Several companies have developed kits for do-it-yourselfers.

Kits vary in cost. The materials used and completeness of such will determine the overall cost.

When researching kit homes, be sure to talk with satisfied customers of homes that are similar to those you like.

Just as thereís no one right way to build, thereís no single design that works best in log construction. Todayís log homes range from one room cabins and single story cottages to large multi-story mansions. Restaurants and stores are building with logs. Lodges and country inns are classic log structures. A rural setting is most suited and meadows, lakesides, a riverís edge or the deep woods are all appropriate settings for these homes.

If you are attracted to the rustic beauty of log construction, and if you long for a rural retreat in Missouriís beautiful countryside, a log cabin may be right for you!

The work of Joe Webb : Appalachian master of rustic architecture
photographs and essay by Reuben Cox.
[Winston-Salem, N.C.?] : Jargon Society ; [Athens, Ga.] : Distributed by the University of Georgia Press, c2009.
written by Ralph Kylloe ; photographs by Ralph Kylloe.
Layton, Utah : Gibbs Smith, c2008.
BearRock Lodge -- Camp Cedar Rock -- Chapel of Assumption -- Camp Edgemere -- Golden Trout Camp -- Hemlock Ledge -- Camp Jerry Ward -- North Camp -- Paradise Valley -- Playhouse -- Rock Ledge -- Sunset Pines -- Switchback Ranch.
Log cabins past & present
Tina Skinner & Tommi Jamison.
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., c2008.
Cabinology : a handbook to your private hideaway
Dale Mulfinger.
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2008.
Mulfinger, a noted architect who specializes in rural getaways, explains the basics of what he calls "cabinology," which is the skills needed to plan, build and equip a viable cabin in the middle of the woods. The author provides several approaches to the building of cabins based upon their intended purpose (fishing, hunting, skiing) and the level of comfort required by the residents (plumbing, electricity, space). Considerations for building materials are explained, as are provisions for septic tanks, wells, stoves and fireplaces. The author also explains the practical skills needed to survive in cabins, such as the ability to build a fire, live off the land, commune with nature and even make a decent crepe. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Cedar style : a look at lovely log homes
Roger Wade & Tina Skinner.
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., c2008.
"A Schiffer book."--Cover.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff