Remodeling a log home as a DIY project requires preparation and careful planning. Following are 4 suggestions that may assist you with this project.
There are a number of ways space can be expanded in a log house. The most common is moving walls. If this is not practical, it is possible to give the illusion of space with careful planning. Often removing unwanted cabinets and replacing them with new ones will make a huge difference. Also, the new “floating shelves” have become very popular and practical. Sometimes it is possible to recess cabinets by putting them flush with the wall.
Many log homes that were made several years ago do not have proper lighting. Today there are a wide variety of windows available in various sizes and shapes, which can make a huge difference in both the rooms and the outside. In addition, the new windows on the market are energy efficient and will save you money on electric bills, if your cabin is wired up.
There are hundreds of new fixtures on the market that provide the opportunity to make the look of a kitchen or bathroom modern and up-to-date.
Steam showers, heated floors, assorted tiles, hinged glass doors, attractive wash basin stands and towel storage units are just a few of the many items available to update your bathroom. Rustic-looking tile is easy to apply and there are excellent designs available.
For the kitchen there are beautiful counter tops available in polished wood to compliment the outdoorsy feel of a log home. If these are too expensive, vinyl is another option. Splash back tile are offered in a wide variety of colors and designs.
Some log home owners assume that paints and stains are unneccessary for log homes. This is not true. Stains are necessary for weatherproofing the exterior, and paint can help the design of the home mesh together if the colors are chosen carefully. There are many excellent paints on today’s market, which makes it easy to find colors that will fit in with your overall remodel project. For the kitchen and bathroom it is suggested that you choose a paint that can easily be washed. This will take care of any fingerprints or other marks that may occur on the wall.
When doing the kitchen consider adding things such as recessed cabinets. These cabinets are narrow and are installed between the lower cabinets. They are built to hold pan lids and other things that usually clutter up the bigger cabinets.
Many times, the curtains on the windows are faded or ragged looking. Replacing them, after the remodel is completed will bring the added attractions your home’s appearance.
Last, but not least, is a home security system. There are many different models on the market and they are designed to keep you and your newly re-modeled log home safe and protected - especially if this is a second property at which you don't spend the majority of your time. Some systems can even reduce the cost of your homeowner’s insurance.
Good luck with your log home remodel. I am sure you will have fun with this DIY project.