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“What are the best books for building a Log Cabin?” We looked at 93 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Learn to build your very own log cabin with our best books list. The top 17 Log Cabin Building books, all appearing on 2 or more lists, are ranked below with images, descriptions, and links. The remaining titles, as well as the articles we used, are listed alphabetically at the bottom of the page.

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Top 17 Best Log Cabin Construction Books



16 .) Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway by Dale Mulfinger

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Relax Shaks
  • Cabin Crush

“A yearning for smaller homes…simpler times! Architect and renowned “cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger rekindles our love of the iconic American cabin in Back to the Cabin. This latest book picks up where his best seller, The Cabin, left off, engaging readers with fresh insights and strategies for designing a contemporary cabin with all the charm of yesteryear.

Renewing America’s long love affair with cabins. From rustic bungalows to log cabins, the bare-bones getaway house provides families with a sense of freedom from the everyday and the camaraderie of living close in shared spaces. In stark contrast to today’s hi-tech world, cabin living is uncomplicated and basic – another reason spurring interest in these cozy shelters.”

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15 .) Building with Logs by B. Allan Mackie

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Lists It Appears On:

  • About
  • Dirt Cheap Builder

“Now completely revised and updated, B. Allan This classic is still considered the best book ever written on making a full sized log home. This enlarged eighth edition, revised in 1997, is filled with numerous major construction improvements, and clearly shows the novice and experienced log builder how to select logs, plan both the site and financing, and then build a handsome log structure from the foundation to the ridge cap.

The concept of modern log building was born 25 years ago with the first edition of Building with Logs. All who loved log homes could, for the first time, learn how to build one. With over 100,000 copies sold, this book inspired thousands of owner-built homes.”

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14 .) Compact Cabins: Simple Living in 1,000 Square Feet or Less by Gerald Rowan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ebay
  • Barnes & Noble

In the woods, on a mountaintop, or at the water’s edge, a small cabin can fulfill big dreams. With attention to efficient living and minimizing energy footprints, Gerald Rowan provides 62 designs for compact and creative buildings that are flexible enough to fit whatever your needs may be. Rowan includes detailed floor plans with plenty of modular elements that make the designs adaptable and easy to recreate with cost-effective, low-maintenance materials. Make the most of the cabin you call home, regardless of its size.

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13 .) Crafting Log Homes Solar Style: An Inspiring Guide to Self-Sufficiency by Rex A. Ewing and LaVonne Ewing

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Log Home Links
  • Log Cabin Connection

A down-to-earth guide to building solar-powered log homes, complete with how-to illustrations and photos, plus enlightening stories from log home owners across the country. Follow the authors’ journey of handcrafting an off-the-grid log home in the Colorado Rockies and discover how renewable energy is a perfect match for modern log home living, from small weekend cabins to expansive year-round homes.

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12 .) How to Build Your Dream Cabin in the Woods by J. Wayne Fears

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Ebay
  • Barnes & Noble

For generations, nature lovers, writers, and sportsmen have found an escape from their day-to-day world in living closer to nature. J. Wayne Fears offers a complete guide to building without the hassle of a construction crew or outrageous costs. This ultimate resource includes photos, blueprints, and diagrams, and covers the steps to constructing the cabin you’ve always wanted

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11 .) Log Home Secrets of Success: An Insiders Guide to making Your Dream Home a Reality by Roland Sweet

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Log Home Links
  • Log Cabin Connection

A savvy guide that takes you from dreaming of a log home to actually building and living comfortably in one. Industry insider Roland Sweet reveals tips and insights about the various facets of designing a log home, selecting a log-home producer, and evaluating log packages. Plus you’ll get real-world advice on calculating costs, what to look for when buying land, making energy-wise decisions, the importance of assembling a team that shares your vision, working with a builder, and much more. An invaluable resource, complete with photos, advice from log-home owners and an extensive and useful appendix.

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10 .) Shelters, Shacks & Shanties: And How to Build Them by Daniel Carter Beard

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Relax Shaks

One of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, Beard provides a hand-on guide for building a variety of habitable structures in the wilderness and other difficult environments. Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties provides easy-to-follow instructions on building everything from tents to teepees to log cabins.

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9 .) The Cabin: Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway by Dale Mulfinger

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Relax Shaks
  • Cabin Crush

“Building on the theory that less is more, The Cabin takes this idyllic retreat from mind’s eye to reality–with striking photographs and ample charm.

In this one-of-a-kind book, you’ll discover an amazing array of design styles and materials — from sticks and stones to sheet metal and glass. You’ll find 37 inspirational cabins from all over the country showing how people are building, reclaiming and transforming this unique American dwelling. The Cabin celebrates the appeal of this unique form or retreat, providing inspiration and practical ideas for realizing your own cabin dream.”

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8 .) The Owner-Built Log House: Living in Harmony With Your Environment by B. Mackie

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Lists It Appears On:

  • About
  • Barnes & Noble

“A decade ago, B. Allan Mackie was nearing completion of Ardea, the log house he built on Shanty Lake. He shared these experiences in the original edition of The Owner-Built Log House. In this new edition he continues his personal journey, which led him to complete Ardea and realize he had yet to build the perfect log house. This book is a testament to Mackie’s most treasured desire — to reproduce the life and style of the pioneers.

In this unique book, Mackie provides a thorough, expert and practical guide to building a log house. He demonstrates that, with the will to learn, the average person is more than capable of building a log house that will serve for years to come.”

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7 .) Build Your Own Low-Cost Log Home by Roger Hard

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • About
  • Log Home Links

The classic log cabin exudes a charm and simplicity that can’t be matched. In this straightforward guide, Roger Hard provides expert advice on building your own log home without breaking your budget. Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams cover everything from choosing a site and felling trees to maintaining your house for years to come. Learn the pros and cons of ready-to-build kits and different heating systems as you make your dream house a reality.

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6 .) Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat by David and Jeanie Stiles

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Relax Shaks
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Ebay

“This authoritative how-to title gives readers all the information they need to build their own cabin, including:

A useful list of essential questions to consider during the planning process
Types of cabin construction, such as pole built, stick built, post and beam, stone, cordwood, wood siding, and the advantages of each
Site preparation, foundations, windows and doors, ladders and stairs, insulation, roofing, electricity, water systems and heating
Essential information on log cabins
Cabin designs and their advantages
Furnishings and accessories
Construction methods are clearly illustrated in meticulous line drawings and precise plans with measurements. Cut-away cross-sections and exploded diagrams give the builder the true perspective and detail needed to obtain the best result, allowing readers to get the most enjoyment out of their newly built wilderness retreat.”

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5 .) How to Build Your Own Log Home for Less Than $15,000 by Robert L. Williams

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Dirt Cheap Builder
  • Grannys Store

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4 .) How-to Build This Log Cabin for $3,000 by John McPherson

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Lists It Appears On:

  • About
  • Dirt Cheap Builder
  • Grannys Store

A step by step “how-to” on the construction of a log cabin profusely illustrated with over 300 photographs plus several line drawings. This book was written and designed for the “average” person who has the desire to build a log cabin but not much knowledge. Modern tools are used and everything but logs (including roof) were purchased and yet the cost of construction was kept right at $3,000. Common problems are shown being solved using not much more than common sense. From trees in the timber to the final chinking, this book is designed to get the reader out there and building.

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3 .) Small Log Homes: Storybook Plans and Advice by Robbin Obomsawin

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Dirt Cheap Builder
  • About
  • Log Home Links

Whether you’re planning a starter home or a lifelong retreat, Small Log Homes is an indispensable idea book for planning, building, and outfitting your cabin in the woods or on the prairie. Lush photographs show how log-home owners, builders, and contractors around the country have achieved the richness and warmth of cabin living within the bounds of economy and space management. And all without feeling cramped or hamstrung.

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2 .) The Classic Hewn-Log House by Charles McRaven

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Dirt Cheap Builder
  • Grannys Store
  • Barnes & Noble

A classic of early American architecture, the hewn-log house has a unique rustic charm and character. In this engaging and informative guide, Charles McRaven provides illustrated step-by-step instructions that cover every aspect of building your own log house, from selecting the site and hewing the first log to laying the final chimney stone. Whether you’re building a new house or restoring an old one, McRaven offers proven techniques and time-tested advice that will help you successfully create a warm and inviting hewn-log home.

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1 .) Log Construction Manual The Ultimate Guide to Building Handcrafted Log Homes by Robert W. Chambers

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Lists It Appears On:

  • About
  • Dirt Cheap Builder
  • Grannys Store
  • Barnes & Noble

“The Log Construction Manual tells you what you need to know to build your own handcrafted log home shell. This is a comprehensive and thorough guide to how to scribe-fit logs to each other, cut notches, and build roof support systems of large, round, naturally-shaped logs.
The Log Construction Manual is packed with information that is available nowhere else — including the Log Selection Rules, Chambers’ brilliant and simple method for choosing which log to use next; detailed instructions for building handcrafted log roof trusses; step-by-step directions for laying out sill logs for any design or floor plan; how to cut state-of-the-art compression-fit saddle notches; methods to keep notches and grooves tight over time; allowing for settling and shrinkage of log walls; scribing tips that pro’s use; and much more.”

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The #17-93 Additional Cabin Building Books



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Books Appear On 1 List Each)
17A Dreamer’s Log Cabin: A Woman’s WaldenLaurie ShepherdBarnes & Noble
18A Home From the Woods:Adventures and methods restoring and building authentic log cabinsMichael J. AntoniakBarnes & Noble
19A Little Better than Plumb: The Biography of a HouseHenry GilesBarnes & Noble
20A Pattern LanguageChristopher AlexanderCountry Plans
21American ShelterLester WalkerCountry Plans
22Build Your Own Log Home from ScratchStuart Blackwell DuncanBarnes & Noble
23Builder’s Experience: Thirty Steps to a Complete Log HomeGerald A A. FelchBarnes & Noble
24Building a Log Cabin Retreat: A Do-It-Yourself GuideMichael MulliganBarnes & Noble
25Building a Log Home from Scratch or KitDan RamseyBarnes & Noble
26Building and Restoring the Hewn Log HouseMcRavenBarnes & Noble
27Building the Alaska Log HomeTom WalkerBarnes & Noble
28Cabin Fever: Rustic Style Comes HomeLog Home Links
29Cabin Porn: Inspiration For Your Quiet Place SomewhereCabin Crush
30Cabins & Cottages: The Basics of Building a Getaway Retreat for Hunting, Camping, and Rustic LivingSkills Institute PressBarnes & Noble
31Cabins and Cottages: Home Repair and ImprovementsTime-Life BooksBarnes & Noble
32Code CheckRedwood KardonCountry Plans
33Complete Guide to Building Log HomesMonte BurchBarnes & Noble
34Country Property, Dirt CheapRalph C. TurnerCountry Plans
35Craft of Modular Post & Beam: Building Log & Timber Homes AffordablyJames MitchellBarnes & Noble
36Eat, Pray, LoveElizabeth GilbertCabin Living Mag
37Effective Practices & Methods: For Handcrafted Log Home ConstructionAbout
38Finding and Buying your Place in the CountryLes and Carol ScherCountry Plans
39great spaces: cabinsArian MostaediBarnes & Noble
40Hammer. Nail. Wood.: The Compulsion to BuildThomas GlynnBarnes & Noble
41Hands-on Log Homes: Cabins Built on DreamsCindy ThiedeBarnes & Noble
42Hannah and the Mountain: Notes toward a Wilderness FatherhoodJonathan JohnsonBarnes & Noble
43Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and HideoutsCabin Crush
44High FidelityNick HornbyCabin Living Mag
45Home Work – Handbuilt ShelterLloyd KahnCountry Plans
46HomeworkLloydRelax Shaks
47House FramingJohn D. WagnerCountry Plans
48How to Afford Your Own Log Home: Save 25 Percent without Lifting a LogCarl HeldmanBarnes & Noble
49How to Afford Your Own Log Home: White Mountain Guide MapCarl HeldmannBarnes & Noble
50How to Be Your Own Contractor and Save Thousands on Your New House or Renovation While Keeping Your Day JobLog Home Links
51How to Build and Furnish a Log CabinAbout
52How to Build Cabins, Lodges and BungalowsPopular Science MonthlyBarnes & Noble
53How to Build Small Barns & OutbuildingsMonte Burch, and Ben Watson (Editor)Country Plans
54Inside Log Homes: The Art and Spirit of Home DecorCindy ThiedeBarnes & Noble
55Little Book of Log Cabins: How to Build and Furnish ThemWilliam S. WicksBarnes & Noble
56Living Homes Stone Masonry, Log, and Strawbale ConstructionGrannys Store
57Log Cabins and Cottages: How to Build and Furnish ThemWilliam S. WicksBarnes & Noble
58Log Cabins: How to Build and Furnish ThemWilliam S. WicksBarnes & Noble
59Log Home Construction Build Your Own Log HomeDirt Cheap Builder
60Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting and Building Your Own Log HomeJim CooperBarnes & Noble
61Log Homes Made Easy: Contracting and Building Your Own Log HomeStackpole BooksBarnes & Noble
62Log Houses: Canadian ClassicsPeter ChristopherBarnes & Noble
63Log SpiritLinda WhiteBarnes & Noble
64Logs, Wind and Sun: Handcraft Your Own Log Home…Then Power It with NatureRex A. EwingBarnes & Noble
65Micro GreenMimi ZeigerRelax Shaks
66Muir’s Original Log Home Guide for Builders and BuyersDoris MuirBarnes & Noble
67Old Wood/New HomeLawson DrinkardBarnes & Noble
68Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesSeth Grahame-SmithCabin Living Mag
69Prodigal SummerBarbara KingsolverCabin Living Mag
70Radical SimplicityDan PriceRelax Shaks
71Sarah’s KeyTatiana De RosnayCabin Living Mag
72ShantyboatHarlan and Anna HubbardRelax Shaks
73ShelterLloydRelax Shaks
74Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness SheltersDaniel Carter BeardBarnes & Noble
75Suite FrancaiseIrene NemirovskyCabin Living Mag
76The American DreamLewis AdvertisingBarnes & Noble
77The Builder’s Experience: Thirty Steps to a Complete Log HomeGerald A FelchBarnes & Noble
78The Cabin Builders: A True Story Of Family, Accomplishment, And The Love Of NatureCraig J. PfalzgrafBarnes & Noble
79The Complete Guide to Log Homes: How to Buy, Build, and Maintain Your Dream HomeLog Home Links
80The Devil in the White CityErik LarsonCabin Living Mag
81The Green BookElixabeth rogers and Thomas KostigenCabin Living Mag
82The House That Jill Built: A Woman’s Guide to Home BuildingJudy OstrowBarnes & Noble
83The Log Cabin: An Adventure in Self-Reliance, Individualism, and Cabin BuildingLen McDougallBarnes & Noble
84The Log Home Plan BookAbout
85The Many Islands of PolynesiaAmos Patten LeibBarnes & Noble
86The ShackWilliam P. YoungCabin Living Mag
87Tiny House Living: Ideas for Building and Living Well in Less than 400 Square FeetRyan MitchellEbay
88Tiny HousesLester WalkerRelax Shaks
89Visual Handbook of Building and RemodelingCharlie WingCountry Plans
90Wilderness Shelters and how to Build ThemBradford AngierBarnes & Noble
91Winter WorldBernd HeinrichCabin Living Mag
92Working Alone : Tips & Techniques for Solo BuildingJohn CarrollCountry Plans
93Your Cabin in the WoodsConrad MeineckeEbay


11 Best Log Cabin Building Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
About Plan and Build Your Own Log Home – By the Book
Barnes & Noble Design and construction Home Design & Construction
Cabin Crush Cabin Reading
Cabin Living Mag The Cabin Book Club
Country Plans Best Books for Building a Small Home
Dirt Cheap Builder Build Your Own Low-Cost, Earth-Friendly, High-Efficiency Home!
Ebay Best Cabin Books
Grannys Store Log Home Construction
Log Cabin Connection Log Cabin Book Reviews
Log Home Links Log Home Books
Relax Shaks The Top Ten Best Tiny House/Small Home/Little Living/Micro-Architecture Books