Posted by admin | Posted in Log Cabins | Posted on 26-02-2010
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Love the look of a log cabin and then realize it is a major operation just to change things or blow out walls. I suggest trying vinyl log siding as an option. It looks very much like log, and gives your home that rustic feel. Vinyl log siding does not require the maintenance that real wood requires, giving you more time to enjoy your home.
No longer will you have to stain, seal or even make plan for insect prevention, because vinyl log siding is low maintenance, while still getting that wood look you desire. It is fade resistant even after years of exposure to the sun and the weather. It will never rot, splinter or corrode, in fact if you are a mother like me, not having to pick splinters out of little hands can be a real time saver. I do not want to put anything on my house or in my house that could hurt my kids.
Vinyl log siding installs as easily as any other vinyl siding and looks great up. It has absolutely no maintenance what so ever saving you lots of time and money. Some people even choose to fill it in with in with thermal insulation. I think that is a wise decision whether you live in a hot and humid climate like mine or in a colder climate. Good insulation can dramatically change your heating and cooling bills. It also stabilizes the temperature in the home, where it does not fluctuate too much.
It can range in price, but the actual product is worth the expense, which is similar or cheaper than the alternative siding, remember this type of siding is basically maintenance free. The place where you could wind up spending a lot of money is on the actual labor of putting it up. Every time I have a project around the house, I have a big barbecue and invite people over to help with the bribe of free food. What you will pay for food and drinks will not come near to what you would pay a stranger to do it and as a bonus you will be working with people you enjoy being around. It is also easy to put up if you have the right tools and a little patience. You can enjoy the look of real logs, with out the cost, hassle or maintenance, by choosing to go with vinyl log siding.
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Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”
The house is built utilizing natures natural elements, in the shape of an octagon with 8ft wide arch doors on every wall to catch every angle of wind (typical 4 sided homes have half the chance as one with 8 sides out in the desert of west texas. A circle being the most efficient design). Woodburning stoves, solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.
We also built many green small cabins on the ranch that we offer to family, friends and our on-site off-grid workshop guests, including one straw bale, one papercrete, earth bag and adobe, one cob and cordwood, one underground and rammed earth, one log and post and beam and one rock. Each one actually started as a test for what the main house would be and were later finished and turned into guest cabins. I later wrote a guide on how to build with alternative materials using alternative methods for next to nothing which are available at http://www.agua-luna.com/guides.html
We raise meat and milk goats, chickens for meat and eggs, ducks for meat and eggs, trap havilina (wild boar pig), rabbit, quail. brew our own beer from home grown products, preserve our fruits, vegetables, etc. smoke and jerky the meat, make our own soap, cheese.
There are no utility lines, no water lines, no roads, tv, cell service, etc. on our ranch. EVERYTHING needed is produced here. All electricity comes from 27 solar panels, 2 main wind gens and a back hydrogen generator if needed (typically we can last 9 days with all luxuries of sunless windless weather, hasn’t happened yet). Water is caught and storaged from the rain. Hot water is made with solar batch water heaters with an on-demand hydrogen hot water heater as backup. Even our vehicles use alternative energy (2 hydrogen trucks, 1 EV electric vehicle converted). Because of this we have no bills, no debt and no mortgage.
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Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at http://www.agua-luna.com on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others help the environment.
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