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Log Homes & Log Cabins

Log Homes Bathroom Design

Log homes and log cabins were the typical style of the American pioneer on the Western frontier of the United States in the great westward expansion after 1765. Log homes were built with very few tools, usually an axe or an adz and an auger. Log houses were unknown to Native Americans, and the first English settlers did not build them. They are known in some countries of Europe, especially Scandinavia, Germany, and Switzerland, and it is a generally accepted hypothesis that they were introduced in America by Swedish settlers on the Delaware in 1638. The log cabin was later adopted by the other settlers in America, and by the end of the 18th century, at the latest, the log house was the typical backwoods dwelling. has much more information on the history of log homes.

Log Home Characteristics

Tudor Homes

The Log Homes Council has information and pictures about log homes and manufacturers.

  • Wood fastenings
  • Log walls were chinked with mud to sustain high winds
  • There was no glass so greased paper was often used across window openings to let some light through
  • Shutters and doors were fastened on with wooden pegs
  • Usually only one door
  • Puncheons and logs split in half were used as the floor

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