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When it comes to expanding your home living space, one of the most effective ways to do it is to finish the basement. You can turn a full basement into an entire floor of extra living space. You may even be able to create bedrooms, install a kitchen, and add a bathroom. I created this site to share my experiences with basement renovations and construction. My hope is that sharing what I have learned will help others to see that it's easier than you think to finish the basement and create the space you have always envisioned in your home.

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Materials You May Need When Building a Log Home and Where to Find Them

Building an authentic log home is not as simple as it may seem. Some things need to be done in a specific way and with specific materials to ensure the home is tight and secure while still allowing you to have the amenities you want in your home. Log home materials are readily available if you know where to look and what to buy.

Building Materials

One of the first things you need when building a log home is the logs. If you are using a kit, the logs will be supplied, but if you are working from a blueprint, the logs you need will have to come from a log cabin material supplier.

The logs need to be milled and prepared to fit together correctly, and the easiest way to ensure they will work is to buy them already cut and milled for you. You can take your plans and sit down with the log supplier to discuss the specific pieces you will need, and the supplier will cut and mill them, then ship them to your job site for you to assemble. 

Most log cabin material suppliers offer pine milled logs, but if there is another wood you want to use, you can discuss that options with them. Cedar is sometimes used because it is strong, naturally repels insects, and looks great when the project is complete. 

Finishing Products 

When you are ready to start working inside the log home to add things like moulding and doors, you may want to check with the log cabin material supplier for precut trim, interior doors, and hardware to match the rustic style of the home. The materials you are using inside the home need to match the structure's look and feel, and sometimes getting the interior products from the same supplier that you bought your logs through can help match things up.

If you are adding chinking between the logs, the same supplier can help with the material and provide a high-quality chinking material that will work best with your wood type. There are also electrical conduits explicitly designed for log homes and even special screws and fasteners that need to be used to ensure the structure is solid and a rusty screw will not stain the wood. 

Working with one log cabin material supplier for all the products you need can be beneficial because your supplier gets to know you, what you are building and can recommend products that will make building the home more manageable and make it a place that will be proud to call home for many years to come.