Started by IHDiesel73L, October 20, 2021, 11:15:03 AM
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Quote from: IHDiesel73L on October 20, 2021, 11:15:03 AMI'm going to be constructing a 16' x 20' guest cabin/office on my property. No construction code to worry about, etc... Cabin will be four season use, heated and cooled with an 18K BTU mini split supplemented by a wood stove. Water and power will come from the main structure and waste will be tied into the existing septic system. I was initially thinking of building it exclusively from locust from my property but am leaning away from that just due to the logistics of taking down the amount of trees needed at once, etc... I had a thought recently about buying wholesale logs and building a log cabin, which is not entirely unexpected since I grew up in one:That's me on the floor at about four years old with my dad in the background-he and his cousin did most of the work. My parents bought a kit through Lincoln Logs out of Lake George, NY and built that log Cape Cod about 35 years ago and are are still living there today. They of course bought an entire kit complete with windows, doors, fixtures, etc...but I'm looking to put up a simple 16' x 20' box. The catch is I need high walls in order to have a standup loft. Any reason that I cannot stack 8x8 logs 12' high? I would be using 8x12 locust beams from the property to support the loft and 8x10 locust rafters for the roof. Here is a simple sketch:I figure the process would be to anchor the first course of logs (with some kind of rot resistant sill underneath) to the concrete pad and begin stacking to build the 16' x 20' box. At the the appropriate course the logs would be notched to accept the 8x12 locust loft beams, and then the stacking would resume to a height of 12'-0" At that point the logs would be capped off with a locust 2x8 to provide a bearing surface for the 8x10 locust rafters. The loft and ground floor flooring would be 5/4 locust boards. Locust would be used wherever else it would be needed as trim, framing, etc...of which there will be minimal need. Again, my biggest concern is building log walls this high-my parents' place only has log walls stacked to 8'-0" and then everything above is stick frame platform construction with log siding. Thoughts?