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Decorating your log cabin interior

Log cabins are not like brick built home, and one of the benefits is that they an very different look and feel to them. This unique appeal makes decorating the interior incredibly enjoyable. Having a comfortable timber home means adding warmth and solace. But there are a few other things that you’ll need to take into consideration.

Plasterboard

If you’re building your log cabin to use as a residential home, then it will need to satisfy building regulations. This means that it will need to have insulation to ensure that it’s warm enough. The easiest way to do this is to fix the insulation between the logs and a layer of plasterboard. You can do this by constructing an internal frame to fix your plasterboards on to. Be aware that building regulations will also require a breathable membrane to be fixed between the logs and the insulation – there also needs to be an air gap and space for the logs to naturally expand and contract. Once your plasterboard is in place, it can be skimmed over and you can decorate as you would in a standard brick home.

Budget

If you are on a budget, it’s a good idea to plan your interior renovation before starting any work. This will enable you to fully plan for what you need and to shop around for those essential items. Cost everything and create an itemised list where possible as this will really help you to stay on budget whilst also helping you to work out what’s needed now, and what can be purchased in the future – in other words, you don’t need to have a finished project straight away. Whilst it’s not always necessary to go super cheap on furnishings and fittings, you don’t have to go for the top of the range items either.

Creating your interior

When creating the interior of your log home you’ll probably want to opt for something that meets your individual style without impacting on the overall appearance of the cabin. Think of this project in the same way as you would any other brick built home – what lighting will you use, what furnishings are going to be put inside etc. Regardless of whether or not you’ve had to have insulation and plaster work done to the interior of your cabin, you can still paint it. Remember though, that if you have had insulation and plaster work done, you’ll need to wait until the plaster has dried and then you’ll need to add a sealant over that before any painting can be carried out. The sealant prevents the paint from being absorbed too much by the plaster. If you haven’t had to wait for any plastering to dry, then you can let your creating juices flow. Chances are that if your cabin’s intended purpose is as a summer house then it won’t have much in the way of electrical fittings – if that’s the case then it’s best to choose pale colours to reflect as much light as possible.

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