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Modern Comforts You Can Add to Even an Old Log Cabin

Just because you have an older log cabin doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a few modern amenities while you’re there. With a handful of simple upgrades, you can rest assured that your log cabin is going to be cozy and comfortable whenever you visit it.

Upgraded Appliances

Adding new appliances is one of the easiest ways to make an old cabin feel much newer. Many log cabins have appliances that are decades old, and those devices tend to be very inefficient and difficult to use. Even if you don’t want to use a lot of power, you should be able to find a few high-efficiency appliances that can easily run off of a generator or small solar array.

Radiant Heating

When it comes time to replace the flooring in your cabin, you might want to consider radiant floor heating. Those systems are more popular than ever, and they are going to make your old cabin feel like a new resort. Those systems heat a cabin by running hot water or another similar liquid through pipes that are just under the floor. They are extremely efficient heating systems, and they typically last for decades with the proper maintenance.

Modern Pipes

Even if your cabin is located in a relatively moderate climate, it could still hit freezing temperatures multiple times a year. If you aren’t there to use your plumbing system when the outdoor temperatures plummet, then you could end up with expensive pipe leaks. If it’s been a while since your plumbing was updated, it’s probably time to have it looked like. If your pipes are beginning to fail, replace them. A contractor that offers general plumbing services should be able to replace most of the pipes in your cabin in a matter of days, and that upgrade is going to give you peace of mind next winter.

Tankless Water Heater

Another upgrade that you might want to speak with your plumber about is a tankless water heater. Traditional water heaters keep huge basins of water warm at all times, and that is going to be very inefficient if you aren’t regularly using hot water. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, is only going to heat the exact amount of water that you need as it is being used.

Some of these upgrades should be relatively easy to carry out on your own, but you always want to work with professional contractors on major renovations. A single mistake made during one of these projects could cause a tremendous amount of damage to your log cabin, and that is a situation that you need to avoid at all costs.

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