December 11, 2018

Thinking About Building an ADU? Consider a Log Cabin

Granny Flats and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. If you're the outdoorsy type, a small log cabin can make a great ADU to your primary residence.

Increasing the square footage of your home is a common way to enhance the value of your property. As the popularity of Accessory Dwelling Units and granny flats in San Diego grows, homeowners are encouraged to do their research and weight the pros and cons of different types of ADUs to fit their goals and budget.

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors or you’d like to add a rustic look and feel to your home, a log cabin might be the perfect choice.

Easy to Maintain and Energy-Efficient

Building a log cabin ADU offers many benefits. For one, they are simple to maintain by washing them once and chinking (sealing) the structure annually. Regular visual inspections also allow you to determine cracks, molds or infestations, while staining the logs every 3 years preserves the life of the cabin. Another advantage is log cabins are energy-efficient. In most US climates, the use of thermal mass in log cabins can control and reduce annual heating costs. According to an NAHB Study, log homes are 2.5% to 15% more energy-efficient than standard stick-frame constructions.

Lower Noise Levels and Aesthetic Appeal

Moreover, log cabins can reduce noise levels by reducing the transmission and travel of airborne sound. Log walls deflect sound depending on the shape, surface and angle of the wood. Log cabins are rustic, have an aesthetic appeal and give a feeling of being close to nature. They are flexible enough to allow modern design constructions for comfort and even luxury.

Log Cabins Add Value to Your Property

The most tangible benefit of adding a log home on your property is that you increase your usable floor space and overall square footage. You can use your log cabin ADU as an extra room for the family and guest room if you have visitors. Aging parents can also move in or you might even decide to rent it out and earn extra income from your cozy cabin.

It also enhances the appeal of your property when the time to sell, drawing professionals and business buyers, especially if your cabin is used as an office or work area. The presence of a log cabin on your land could easily add 5% to your total home value, according to Cabinmaster.

Choosing to build a log cabin ADU is a unique way to add space, value, and character to your property. Log cabins are energy-efficient and easy to maintain, particularly when combined with the pared down floor plan of an ADU. If you’re interested in learning more about building your perfect ADU in San Diego, reach out to our team today!

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