8 Low-Cost Kits for a 21st-Century Log Cabin

Early American homes were rugged and rustic—the ultimate DIY project. Today, modern homesteaders can build a new house with the same frontier appeal by starting from a log home kit. No need to cut down your own trees—these log home kits come ready to assemble with all the parts you'll need to construct a woodsy retreat, be it traditional, contemporary, or cape, or the tiny cabin of your dreams. Log house kits' precut components make them ideal for first-time home builders, but check your local building codes, as some municipalities require oversight by a licensed contractor. Read on—your dream home could be a mere click away.

Pioneer Spirit

Log Cabin Designs

Log Cabin Homes takes wood very seriously. Their log grading is green certified, and they make sure to use every part of the log, whether for building materials, landscaping, or other features. They offer a wide variety of designs, from the modest Chesapeake cabin to the two-level, three-bedroom Buffalo Lodge. Whichever style you choose, you can learn how to build your own by attending one of their free construction seminars.

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Energy Smart

Small Log Cabin Kits

Coventry Log Homes offers more than 60 models of Energy Star-rated log homes as well as a selection of garages. You can buy an all-inclusive kit with all the materials you need or opt for the basic package that allows you to shop around locally for the best-priced lumber. Prices start at $21,600 for a 392-square-foot, one-bedroom cabin.


Get Away from It All

Log Cabin Plans

Montana Mobile Cabins are designed to be the ultimate rustic retreat. Made from hand-peeled logs, each home includes a roomy front porch, rustic wood ceilings, and finished wood floors. Because each home is custom designed, what you get is a one-of-a-kind log cabin—for as little as $23,000 for a 10-by-14 foot model.

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Low-Maintenance Logs

Log Cabin for Sale

Whether you want to build your own weekend getaway or a full-time rustic residence, Conestoga Log Cabins offers a wide range of log cabin designs to love. The company's Everlast engineered wood logs are resistant to warping, twisting, shrinkage, and settling. If you love tiny homes, consider the 232-square-foot Shenandoah cabin for $18,900, or go big with the 2,312-square-foot Windsor house and garage for $157,900.

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Living Large…or Small

Custom Log Homes

Southland Log Homes boasts a huge library of log home and cabin plans, all of which can be customized to your taste. Their log home kits offer expansive picture windows, great rooms, and ranch layouts. Pictured here is the two-story, three-bedroom Newburn model.

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Hand Crafted

Building a Log Cabin

New York-based Finger Lakes Log Homes got its start 30 years ago when owner Michael Griffin cut down his own pine trees, hauled them out of the woods, and trucked them to his building site, cutting them to size with a chainsaw. It wasn't long before he began selling kit homes like the 1,280-square-feet Keuka cottage, which costs only $33,295.

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Cedar Style

Log Cabin

For 30 years, Moosehead Cedar Log Homes has been crafting timeless log homes. The Maine-based company offers a range of standard packages, as well as custom design services. Standard packages range from the simple Haven, a 1,114-square-foot, two-level home with two bedrooms and one bath to the upscale Bridgewater, a two-level, 3,995-square-foot model with three to four bedrooms and four baths.

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Think Big!

Cabin with Loft

Golden Eagle Log Homes offers a broad selection that includes some of the smallest and some of the largest log cabin kits on the market. They even offer construction services, if you'd rather not build your own. You can buy your own log home kit, like The Starter, for less than $50,000, or spend a little more for a customized model.


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