The log cabin was among the earliest home types built in America. Log cabin construction came to North America in the 1700s when Swedish settlers brought building customs from their home country. Wherever timber was readily available, a log home could be built in just a few days using simple tools. No nails were needed. Those early log houses were sturdy, rainproof, and inexpensive. The frontier style log cabin was one room 10 feet wide by 12 to 20 feet long, had at least one glass window, and included a loft area for sleeping. The design of America's log cabins was influenced by the Homestead Act of 1862 which gave homesteaders rights to open land, but required that they cultivate it and build homes at least ten by twelve feet in size, with at least one glass window. Modern Log house plans are designed in a variety of styles with wood logs being the primary building component.
Remember Lincoln Logs? (http://lincolnlogs.knex.com/
) These classic toy building blocks invented by Frank Lloyd Wright's architect son John Lloyd Wright illustrate the basic principle of log building. And speaking of Lincoln, you can visit the most famous log house in the nation at Abraham Lincoln's birthplace: the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site near Charleston, Illinois (http://www.lincolnlogcabin.org/
). The best introduction to log house building and design is The Log Home Book: Design, Past and Present by Arthur Thiede with photographers Cindy Thiede and Jonathan Stoke.