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The Legacy of the Log Cabin

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Log cabins connect us to our roots and are the foundations of more permanent, sedentary lifestyles. They mark the beginning of land ownership.

There are few things more American than the log cabin. It stands as a symbol of the pioneer struggle. Pulling yourself by your boot straps and surviving the American wilderness. While amenities have made life much more comfortable than that of an early pioneer, there is a lingering fascination with the log cabin. Probably because it represent our past and what those before us had to endure for a better life. The simple, basic lifestyle has an almost spiritual quality and is a strong contrast of all the superficial and material in our lives.

Log cabins have been used to fuel political campaigns in the past by selling the American dream. The Homestead Act signed into law May 20, 1862 by Abraham Lincoln gave ownership of 160 acres of land to brave souls, on condition a 12′ by 14′ home was built and crops were grown. After five years an application for title could be sought. Ten percent of all US land fell into the hands of homesteaders this way, equally 270 million acres.

When our climate is more and more affected by our luxurious lifestyles, the log cabin and everything log cabin life defines is a plausible solution to many of todays environmental issues.

There are solar powered stoves and many alternative technologies that can transform our lifestyle in a positive way without giving up running water, heat and other daily necessities that we use to make our world run. There is though, something undeniably fulfilling and enhancing about fetching your own water from a well, spending all day outside in the fields. Being able to sustain your own lifestyle without relying on anyone else.

Being outside in the fresh air, being isolated from societies concerns allows the body to rest and the mind to revaluate the life we choose to live.

While not many of us can live this type of lifestyle, a place to rest throughout the year surely advances quality of life.

The log cabin has roots of a tough pioneer’s struggle to make a new life and really it is the symbol of our empire’s humble beginnings. The dark, tough, wind burnt faces that looked bravely into the horizon.

Today, log cabins are growing more and more popular. Many people have the desire to have a place in a complete natural environment where they can feel life all around them.

If you have considered investing in a log cabin, Solid Build will take you step by step to make your dream come true. They have many different varieties of log cabin kits which can be shipped to any location you choose and which you can build yourself. For more information please contact info@woodenshedkits.com. All questions will be answered.

The Ideal Art Studio from a Shed Kit

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

In a world where fewer and fewer of what we use is made by our hands, art making keeps that creative and functional relationship, between product and us alive. For many artist, especially those just beginning, finding a space to work can be hard and sometimes impossible. Alternative structures are becoming the solution for many people.

As most artist can agree, art making can often be a toxic, messy process. Ventilation is very important for you and your loved ones’ health. Being able to work in a space that does not require immediate clean up and can be permanently used for art is very appealing to artists. Art making requires complete dedication and many artist have found that art can take over their entire homes and lives. To prevent this from happening and living a healthy domestic life, outdoor studio’s are a great solution and will free up space inside the home.

Art studio’s can be very expensive to rent and also inconvenient. Why give a chunk of your hard earned money for a temporary solution? If you have a lot where you can build your own studio, you will find yourself saving a lot of money and hassle. For a couple months of studio rent you can have yourself a permanent, independent studio.

Making art takes a lot of concentration and a quiet place to work is essential for successful art making. Work from home can be hard because there are so many distractions prying you away from what you are suppose to be doing. As you make art at home, while cooking dinner, while checking your email, while picking up the phone! You find yourself making unfinished art, and missing important tasks, like paying bills on time. Separating the two world’s is a good way to find success and balance.

Having an area designated purely for creating art is essential for productivity and quality. Once you are in your studio, there is nothing that can distract you. Everyone knows that there is a certain amount of time you will be in your studio and that you have to be left alone from distractions. You leave your phone, your computer and your television at home. All these devices have no power over what you produce. Can you imagine Di Vinci never becomes famous because he spends all his time texting his bff while he is suppose to finish his next sketch? Or Picasso reading up on “Worst Dressed at the Oscars”right before he enters a new color phase? Good art making is not a byproduct of our daily life, it is a message that the artist wants to share with the world. Setting aside a special place where you can focus on your craft is the only way to be a leading artist.

In the outdoors, you are in a space where everything concerns and enhances your art process. You know that how you leave everything, that is how you will find it. Solid Build’s sheds lock to keep all your things and pieces safe.

Having a studio away from your home will also clean up your house from art mess and help keep you organized.

Most artist are inspired by nature in one way or another. There are often blocks of creativity that artists feel when they are dissatisfied with their products for a period of time. Much of this creative block can be resolved by placing your studio in a beautiful location where nature’s beauty drips from your finger tips.

You have many options for designing your ideal work space. Many different studio structures are available. Varying in size and design to fit any artist’s needs. You can choose the amount of light and even the sun angle, by where you place your building.

Art can be stored in the studio freeing up space inside. Solid Build offers many varieties of garden shed kits. Two rooms structures are often used as a workshop and for storage. Another benefit of having a garden shed studio is that there will be no need to move things around when visitors come. Customers interested in your art can come to the studio and check it out without having to enter your house. This is a huge benefit to the majority of artists who always struggle with organization both at home and in the studio.

Most importantly, outdoor studio will enhance your daily life, your bank account and make you better artists, all while listening to the birds chirp.

Tips for Designing a Great Play House

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

What are your happiest childhood memories?  How can you recreate them for your children?  These are just a few ideas to keep in mind when designing a playhouse for your kids.  The outdoors is a wild adventure even in your backyard’s boundaries.

A playhouse is a great way to get your children outdoors and away from the TV screen.  The fresh air and activity will make your children happier, healthier and more independent.  Expelling all that energy that our children are contained with everyday, while they are sitting in cars, at school in the house.  Too many children have high levels of energy because they are not able to release in a healthy way.

When designing the inside of the playhouse think about what you want your children to be using this space for; craft projects, gardening etc.

If you are designing a playhouse for your kids there are a few things that you should keep in mind.  Place the playhouse where it is visible from the inside of your home so you can keep your eyes on them.  Try to pick neutral decorating techniques that they will enjoy years from now.  Ask you kids for their input in the entire process.  If you have boys and girls make the space gender friendly.

Keep in mind that this playhouse is for your kids and they should be calling the shots.  It is a safe haven from boring adult life, where they can run their own home.   This is a place they can be messy and can relax from tidiness and other in house rules.

The best part about being a kid is spending time outside all day.  Going on adventures in the backyard.  Playing with bugs and getting dirty.  A summer spent outside causes growth spurts and smiles.

You can meet them for lunch in their playhouse.  Of corse only by permission.  Home work can be done outside in the fresh air.

Young children need to develop their sense of self and independence.  Giving them their own space where they are free to set it up the way they want, will build character and creativity.

We recommend, Wales, Bristol and the Brighton for the perfect size playhouses. They have many windows for great light and the cottage designs make them popular playhouses.

Set up an area where your children can have lunch and also make crafts.  Hang up a chalk board.

Incorporate the outside of the garden sheds by designating an area where your children can do their own gardening.  This is a great way for your children to learn how to grow and take care of their own plants.

Put yourself in their shoes.  Go back to a time when you were little.  What would have been the ideal playhouse for you?  How did you spend most of your time playing?

Here are some cute ideas you should check out!

http://www.growsonyou.com/gardening/slideshow/garden-shed-ideas/146915

For thousands of playhouses:http://www.houzz.com/Outdoor-Playhouse/p/8

How To Care For Log Cabins And Log Sheds

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

To acquire the maximum years of use out of your log cabin or log shed, it is vital that diligent maintenance be performed regularly. This is especially true if the structure is 100% natural wood since wood is susceptible to mold, mildew, and termites. Thankfully, routine upkeep is not extremely time consuming or difficult.

The first and most important step in log cabin or log shed maintenance is observation and prevention. For example, prevent termites by having a pest company perform a treatment upon initial setup of the structure and apply a stain. Or if you observe a water stain find the leak (typically located in an improperly sealed area) and make the necessary fix. And if you see mold or mildew, address it immediately to prevent it from spreading since they are the most prevalent and persistent enemies of log structures.

A yearly inspection of your log structure’s exterior for termites, mold, mildew, and general grime, is strongly suggested. If termites are found, a pest control company can arrange to have them exterminated. In regards to mold, mildew and grime, the cabin or shed can be rid of these with a thorough cleaning. Use a pressure washer filled with a mixture of water and wood cleaning agent. The pressure washer should not exceed 1500 pounds per square inch (psi) and should be used with caution since its severity can splinter the wood and chip the paint.

Your log shed or cabin should be painted and/or stained upon initial construction. Depending if your wood structure is exposed to harsh weather or not (i.e. constant sun, severe storms, etc), be sure to reapply the stain and/or paint every 3-5 years and perform touch-ups when required (i.e. after pressure washing). Doing so will prevent further damage from the weather, mold and mildew, and termites. Following this and the aforementioned suggestions will surely extend the life of your log shed or log cabin (and your enjoyment!).

Selecting Your Log Shed

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

While any regular shed will do, log shed enthusiasts – or anyone wanting a superior shed – will want to consider a top quality log shed kit. These easy to assemble do-it-yourself kits include doors, windows, and 100% natural wood pieces for the walls and floor.  If that were not enough, companies who specialize in log shed kits offer customizable options per customer request, including personal design implementations and disassembly (the latter allows the shed to be disassembled and reassembled again). If you are ready to begin selecting such a shed, it is time to make a decision and take some measurements.

Before shopping for your log shed, you first want to decide what the shed will be used for. While the common uses of sheds traditionally include extra storage or additional hobby space, first-rate log sheds have a plethora of possible uses. Once you have determined the purpose of your shed, consider where on your property it will be placed and prepare to gather measurements.

Taking detailed measurements is significant since they will be used as a guide to determine the size of shed that can fit in your allotted space.  Begin by measuring the area that you have set aside for the log shed to occupy, including the height if there are trees or overhangs near the premises.  Keep in mind that you will want ample space to construct the shed kit, and be sure to visualize the doors opening to ensure they have enough room to function without hindrance. Also take into consideration the space needed to maneuver around the perimeter of the shed (required for maintenance and cleaning purposes, clearing brush, etc.). Once your measurements have been thoroughly comprised you can begin your quest for a log shed supplier who sells the shed kit that will meet your needs.

The Types Of Log Cabins And Their Uses

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Log cabins are great for storage purposes, weekend retreats, romantic getaways, and so much more. And log cabin kits are a great, affordable alternative to the pricey custom built homes. Depending on your specific needs and intended uses, one type of log cabin kit may prove more efficient than others. A few of the most popular log cabin kits and their uses are briefly described below.

Log Shed Kit

A log shed can be considered as an additional room or an extension of your home. About the size of a standard bedroom, shed kits are very versatile since they can be placed just about anywhere and used for just about anything.

Log Cabin Kit

Somewhat larger than a standard bedroom, log cabins are excellent choices for setting up a private retreat on your undeveloped property (sure beats a tent!), or creating a comfortable hideaway in your backyard.

Garden Cabin Kit

As the name implies, garden cabins are the perfect solution for storing gardening tools and supplies, as well as partaking in the hobby.  Garden cabin kits are typically between 7’ and 10’ – just enough space have immediate access to all of your gardening goodies while planting seedlings or arranging flowers in the comfort of your own garden getaway.

Summer House Kit

The summer house is the crème de la crème of log cabin kits. These homes are tailored to the consumer who desires spacious living quarters. Whether the purpose is an actual summer cabin or a transition home on your dream lot, these cabin kits present the space and designs to provide ultimate livability at unbeatable prices.

Regardless of your log cabin selection, it should be constructed of 100% natural wood and include doors and windows. Your supplier of choice can describe in detail all the specifications of your outdoor wood kit.

How To Choose The Log Cabin That’s Right For You

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Naturally a full-sized summer cabin will not fit neatly into your backyard. Likewise, a log cabin shed would be inadequate as a guest home on your lot of undeveloped acreage. These examples illustrate perhaps the most difficult part of attaining the right cabin: the decision making process! The process begins with deciding and defining the cabin’s intended purpose and taking into account the size of the cabin-designated area. To get the process started, consider these questions:

  • Will the cabin be in a backyard, or on another property / location?
  • Will the cabin be used in conjunction with an existing home or will it be used as a residence?
  • If the cabin is used as a home, is it intended to be permanent (long term) or temporary (short term)?
  • If utilized in conjunction with an existing home, what will be the log cabin’s use (i.e. storage shed, garden cabin, spare room, etc)?

With the above questions answered you can better conceptualize where the cabin is going to be placed and what it is going to be used for; in other words, you are one step closer to choosing the right cabin. The next step is to decide what aspects you would like your log cabin to feature.

Answering these questions will help:

  • Is affordability important?
  • Do you prefer 100% natural, top-quality wood?
  • Should it consist of a door(s) and/or window(s)?
  • Would you prefer customizable options?
  • Do you want the possibility for disassembly?

If you answered yes to these questions then a log cabin kit is the right log cabin for you. Finding a shed kit supplier who specializes in superior quality outdoor wood projects is the final step. By choosing the right supplier you can be assured that any questions you have will be answered, that any loose ends pertaining to your decision making process will be addressed, and that all of your size and function needs will have been met. After completing the process outlined here, you will undoubtedly feel satisfied and confident