You find yourself in need of more space. Your house is just simply too small. You want to add a home office, or a storage shed, or a game room, or a private space to engage in your hobbies. Well, you have two options: adding another room onto your existing house, or building a log cabin.
On the surface, both of these seem like solid options. However, after deeper examination, both house extensions and log cabins have their pros and cons. It is important to understand these differences before making the final decision regarding which to build.
Although both options will come with a cost, ultimately, a log cabin will save you money when compared to a house extension. Why is this the case? A house extension requires creating additional space by destroying an existing part of your house, while a log cabin simply involves installing an entirely separate building.
To expand the size of your house, you will need to break down at least one wall. This should be carried out by a professional, rather than doing it yourself. Once the construction is complete, your entire house will need a thorough cleaning. Leaving construction debris inside your home leads to an uncomfortable, dirty space that nobody feels happy living in.
Meanwhile, a log cabin can be built in its own space. No destruction is required. You can choose between building the cabin yourself or constructing it with the aid of installation professionals.
Effects of Construction
Building an extension will leave you with no peace and quiet in your home until it is complete. Your rooms will be filled with dust and debris. Each and every part of your house will be bombarded with construction noises. Because the construction is directly attached to your house, there will be no way to escape this chaos.
On the other hand, building a log cabin does not come with any stress, noise or loss of sleep. This is because there is physical space between your home and the building being constructed. You will be able to go about your daily life without any disruption – you will be surprised by how quickly and quietly the construction of your log cabin occurs!
Once your log cabin is complete, it can last for years or even decades. Meanwhile, home extensions require significantly more maintenance due to being attached to your house’s existing plumbing and electricity systems. However, they do generally last as long as the home itself, as long as they are kept clean and well cared for.
One of the major reasons why people want to add space to their property is to create a private area where they can work, relax, nap, or engage in their hobbies. From an office to a yoga studio, a log cabin or a house extension can serve any purpose which you could possibly imagine.
However, which one does it better? The answer is unquestionably a log cabin. Adding additional rooms to your existing home offers limited privacy. Only a door separates you from the noise and chaos of your house. Peace and quiet will be in short supply.
A log cabin, on the other hand, gives you the space and distance you need. You are separated from your house by thick, insulated walls and a large amount of space. You can have as much quiet and privacy as you want in your very own log cabin!
Log cabins also offer significantly more personalization options. “Standard” log cabins come in variations ranging from 1- to 3-bedroom setups; however, there is always the option to create an entirely bespoke, individual login cabin crafted exactly to your personal standards.
Home extensions are far less flexible. This is because they must be built within the limitations of your existing house. You can only add rooms where space exists, which often results in winding up with less space than you had hoped for.
Extensions to a home must generally match the dimensions of and use the same materials as your current house. In addition, it can be impossible to get a permit to legally expand your house unless you closely match what is already there. This severely limits your creativity and flexibility, and you might just wind up disappointed as your extension does not match your dreams.
Do lots of research and take some time to carefully consider before making the decision. Ask yourself important questions. How much space do you have? What is your budget? What purpose will these new rooms be serving? How big or small do they need to be?
Once you’ve thoroughly thought through the questions above, you will be able to make a well-informed decision about whether a log cabin or a house extension is right for you.
Michael has been working in marketing for almost a decade and has worked with a huge range of clients, which has made him knowledgeable on many different subjects. He has recently decided to build a log cabin office to create a perfect place for his writing time. You can read more of Michael’s work at Qeedle.