You should spend as much time researching and exploring land options as you do on the style and design of your new log structure.

Views and sunlight are important factors to take into consideration. These two factors can affect the natural heating and lighting of your log dwelling.


While the idea of building a log cabin in a remote location is appealing and going off-grid especially in this fast-paced world of technology is extremely tempting, consideration still has to be given to your personal circumstances such as distance from friends, family, work, schools, medical facilities….’Essential’ services such as electricity, municipal water/sewer, natural gas and year round road maintenance and emergency services are also important considerations.

The Lay of The Land:

Does the soil composition of the land permit a suitable type of foundation to support a log home? Soil composition should be taken into consideration also if having a natural pond is important to you, either to stock as a source of fresh fish or just for recreational and aesthetic purposes. Topography and drainage is important if you intend to grow your own food or pasture livestock. Water Quantity and Quality; Does the ground composition support a drilled well?

Permitted Uses:

Before you invest in the land to design and build your dream log structure and accessory buildings, investigate permitted uses. Knowing what you cannot do on the lot/acreage is as important as knowing what you can do. Be sure to obtain proper zoning designation, septic system approval, entrance(driveway) location approval, establish a building envelope and building permits needed for any construction plans.

And if everything adds up, purchase your perfect property and build the log cabin/home of your dreams!