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How to Save Money on Your Log Cabin for the Garden

Aug 21, 2008
Having a log cabin in the garden can be a delightful accessory to add. It can give your garden a personality and style like nothing else. However, it can prove to be quite expensive if you are not careful. But there are some things you can do to keep the costs down and save money on your log cabin.

The first thing you want to do is generate some kind of plan. You want to plot out how big you want the cabin to be, where in the garden you want it to be, and how complex you want it to be. Knowing these kinds of details will help you out when it comes time to actually constructing it.

Having a plan will also help you with your research, which is the next step to saving money. There are hundreds of places you can look for log cabin supplies. Your best bet is to research online because you can quickly find prices at a number of different stores. In addition, there are a number of sites that allow you to compare several different stores all at the same time.

After looking online, call around or stop in at some hardware stores nearby. Some of the better places to start at include Home Depot and Ace Hardware. They typically have reasonable prices on great supplies. The one downside is these stores will usually have name brand supplies, which is not always the cheapest as mentioned above.

When considering what supplies to purchase, you should look into purchasing a log cabin kit. These kits typically already have their logs cut, milled, dried, and shaped. This makes it much easier on you and can also give you a larger selection to choose from. Kits vary in price as well depending on a number of factors.

Some kits only come with the logs and fasteners, which drops the price significantly. There are other kits that include all of the necessary components to make up the interior of the cabin. If you want to keep the price down, think about constructing a simple design. You can still have a wonderful cabin in your garden, but a less complex kit will be far cheaper.

The types of supplies you purchase to build the cabin can significantly effect how much you spend as well. Just like everything else in the world, there are name brand supplies and knock-off brands. While some tools and supplies may show a difference, most are going to be virtually identical. There is no need to waste the money on a brand name when a similar product can do the same job.

The last thing to take into consideration is whether or not you want to hire a craftsman. It is certainly not cheap to hire one, but you are sure to have your cabin built efficiently. As with the supplies, you can shop around to find the cheapest craftsman as well.

It all depends on your abilities and whether or not you trust yourself to build a sturdy and long-lasting cabin. You also have to determine whether you have the patience and time to build a log cabin yourself. It is a lot of work and can become quite stressful over time. While the work is not for everyone, some find it quite enjoyable.

Having a log cabin in your garden is a wonderful addition. Although it can be quite expensive, following the tips in this article can help reduce the costs greatly. With a little bit of planning and research, you can be on your way to constructing a beautiful cabin for a reasonable price.
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Joseph Blackburn wrote the article 'How To Save Money On Your Log Cabin For The Garden' and recommends you visit http://www.gardeningthoughts.co.uk for more information on log cabins for the garden.
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