Does the idea of creating a peaceful escape in a log home appeal to you? If you\u2019ve been browsing different log structures, you may have noticed many more styles than just the traditional stacked log cabin. Premade Amish log cabin homes are one of the most popular alternative options because they offer superior craftsmanship and an affordable, time-efficient installation.\r\n\r\nBelow we\u2019ll explore common FAQs asked about these modular cabins built by Amish craftsmen. That way you can understand the differences between regular cabins and premade cabins, so you can make an informed choice on which structure is the right fit for you.\r\n\r\n1. What Is a \u201cLog Sided\u201d Modular Cabin?\r\n\r\nA log sided cabin is a hybrid option that combines elements of traditional log cabin building and modern house construction. The structure starts as a traditional frame and builders add on log siding to the exterior, following a process similar to adding vinyl siding. \r\n\r\nBuilding the cabin this way provides some unique advantages you can\u2019t enjoy with a classic log home. Log sided homes offer:\r\n\r\nLonger lasting use (siding is less likely to shrink or expand)\r\nImproved insulation for better energy efficiency\r\nCustomizable interior finishes (horizontal or vertical walls, painted wood, etc.)\r\nOptions to hide electrical and plumbing hardware out of sight\r\nAdditionally, if you choose a cabin that\u2019s made through modular building, you can save both time and money during the installation. And when we say modular, we don\u2019t mean a cabin you can hook up to your truck and take on the road.\r\n\r\nModular cabins are premade in individual sections at an off-site facility, where structures are built up to 60-90% completion. From there, the home is transported in sections to the installation site. The sections are then attached to the foundation, assembled, and seamed into place.\r\n\r\nSince modular cabins are permanent structures built on a foundation, they follow all the same building codes as traditionally constructed homes. However, unlike traditional construction, they\u2019re less likely to be delayed by weather conditions. This ultimately keeps the costs down for you and means you can enjoy your new space sooner.\r\n\r\n2. Are Amish Log Cabin Homes a Good Investment?\r\n\r\nA log home will easily hold its value when located close to popular parks, lakes, recreational areas, or tourist attractions. Plus, if it\u2019s in good condition, it will likely have great resale value. There are plenty of buyers that value the unique look and feel of a cozy log home.\r\n\r\nFinances aside, log sided cabins are also a great investment if your family values tranquility and solitude in a natural setting. Whether you\u2019re looking to buy a premade cabin to use during hunting seasons or family vacations, it offers the perfect escape away from it all to relax and enjoy nature.\r\n\r\n3. What Type of Wood Are Log Cabins Made From?\r\n\r\nItems made of wood will always be affected by weather, but some types of wood fare better than others. We recommend choosing a pre-built cabin with pine siding, as it\u2019s the best option to endure the elements.\r\n\r\nPinewood siding is highly resistant to decay and rot. Plus, it\u2019s least susceptible to warping. Not to mention it looks attractive left as is or stained a different color.\u00a0\r\n\r\n4. Are Log Cabin Homes Drafty?\r\n\r\nYour cabin should be a comfortable spot you can enjoy in every season. Buyers typically wonder what living in the log home will be like in colder months. Figuring out how to insulate a log cabin built via traditional methods is a challenge. It doesn\u2019t lend itself well to modern insulation techniques.\r\n\r\nHowever, if you buy a log sided, modular cabin you won\u2019t have to worry about it being drafty. Since it\u2019s framed like a house, it includes insulation. You can even hide wiring and have electrical heat distributed throughout the cabin if you want to use more than just a wood stove.\r\n\r\n5. How long do Cabins Built by Amish Last?\r\n\r\n\u00a0It\u2019s a well-known fact that Amish craftsmanship is superior, due to their attention to detail and the extra care they put into each project. For example, Amish furniture is always in demand among consumers.\u00a0\r\n\r\nAnyone who has owned sturdy, Amish-built pieces knows they\u2019re worth the investment because of how well they hold up over time. The same can be said for cabins built by Amish people. Amish builders go the extra mile, making sure every detail of your structure is perfect.\r\n\r\nThat being said, the amount of time Amish log cabin homes last also depends on their owners. With proper log home maintenance, the structure should last for decades to come.\u00a0\r\n\r\n6. Why Are Premade Cabins Better Than a Log Home DIY Kit?\r\n\r\nWhile looking for cabins, you may come across DIY kits. These may be tempting from a price standpoint, but you should be wary of purchasing one without doing your research.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThere are a few downsides to log cabin kits, the primary one being that you have fewer design and customization options. Plus, you\u2019ll be responsible for building it or hiring someone to do so, which can add stress and even increase the costs beyond what you planned for initially. The materials may also be of lesser quality than the price you paid.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re looking for a quality cabin, a modular log sided home is an affordable option that doesn\u2019t cut corners. This ultimately puts your rustic dreams within easy reach!\r\n\r\nWant to learn more about our Amish-built, modular cabins? Browse our selection of log homes here and see the fully customizable interior and exterior options we offer.\r\n\r\nThis blog was originally published on January 19, 2018. It was updated on Feb. 12, 2021.