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Client Testimonial: Terry and Brenda Burns

There may not be as much home to decorate at the Burns place this year, but Brenda Burns and her husband Terry made sure that there’d be enough windows and outlets to display their Christmas candle lights. The Burns family grew up as families do. Their kids became adults and moved into places of their own leaving Terry and Brenda with a lot of empty space to maintain and heat in the winter. With their retirement approaching, they began talking about cabins. “What made us choose Leland’s was because we met Carol. Everything we asked for, Carol said ‘Yes, [...]

Why You Should Sell Your Home in Fall or Winter (And How to Do It)

Selling your home in spring or summer is not always the best option. Sure, you can expect more potential buyers to be out and about, and the curb appeal of your property will likely be a little nicer. But when you put your home on the market in fall or winter, you open yourself to different advantages. So, if you’re ready to sell your home, you don’t have to wait until the flowers bloom. Set Aside Your Worries As Chris Highland explains, there are plenty of reasons to sell during what is traditionally considered the offseason. For example, there [...]

Share Your Cabin

Do you have a cabin that you’d like to share? Do you have a cabin story that you’d like to tell? Spread the inspiration of cabin life with our community by submitting your info below! Here’s what you can submit: Cabins Submit a cabin that you live in, rent out, have visited, are selling, or that simply inspires you. We’ll feature the cabin along with why it’s special, and how people learn more about it. This community is always looking for more cabin inspiration, and discovering new cabins is the best way to find it. Cabin stories Submit your stories of cabin life, [...]

Tools That Will Help You Downsize

Tired of Your Oversized Home? These Tools Will Help You Downsize Do you find yourself dreaming of a smaller home while spending your Saturdays dusting guest bedrooms and vacuuming the stairs? As beautiful as they are, big homes become burdensome over time, especially as we grow older. Rather than sticking it out in a home that’s too big to manage, why not downsize to something more comfortable? Whether you’re eyeing a condo or a custom cabin, a smaller home promises convenience and cost savings — two things you can never have enough of! Before you get started, use the [...]

Client Testimonial: Richard and Marsha Oliver

Inviting someone into your home is an intimate gesture that happens a lot less these days with everyone’s busy schedules. Guests get to see how you live, what you like, and maybe even get a little glimpse of the mess you keep meaning to clean. Our home says a lot about who we are and what we value from the pictures on the walls to the furniture we use. It’s an honor to be trusted enough to be welcomed into someone’s home but to be asked to build someone’s home is an even greater honor. Richard and Marsha Oliver were met [...]

Key Benefits of LP SmartSide Siding

At Leland's Cabins, we offer split cedar Log siding as well LP SmartSide Panel, Lap and Board, and Batten siding. Check out this article from LP Building Solutions about the key benefits of siding: Siding Benefits for Builders to Look For What are the key benefits that both the contractor and the homeowner should be aware of when choosing a siding product? Here are some tips from Kate Wyeth, Market Development Manager for LP Building Solutions. Warranty Reducing call-backs is always a concern for builders and remodelers, which means that it’s vital to choose a durable siding product that [...]

Top 5 Farmhouse Trend: Fall Wreaths 2019

We love Fall at Leland’s Cabins as well as the season's decorating ideas. Check out this blog on Fall wreath trends for this year. Have some great wreath ideas for your cabin? Be sure to post a picture of them on our Facebook page! This post was written by Megan Schetzsle of The Cabin Diary and originally appeared here. There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are changing colors, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to find the perfect fall wreath! This year, I’ve been on the hunt for a farmhouse style fall wreath that includes ‘natural elements’ — wood, [...]

Setting the Scene for Your Custom Cabin

We’ve all heard the mantra about buying a home: location, location, location. And while it’s easy to imagine the role location plays when considering homes in a city landscape, there are a lot of new and important concerns to keep in mind when choosing the right place for your Leland’s cabin home. For city living, you might choose a place based on the time it takes to get to work or school, how much the neighbors keep up their houses, or how close you are to your favorite restaurants and shops. However, when you’re ready to find the perfect [...]

A Tiny House With a Big Personality

I’m a single woman who works from home. As a creative writer I need my creative work space to be simple so as not to distract me. Creatives like me need to be able to look up from our work and find inspiration in our environment. That’s why I have fallen in love with the Single Slope Rio Bravo. The soft colors of its contemporary design hush the busyness in my head from the moment I close the door behind me and step onto the gunstock oak laminate flooring. Sometimes I want to sit on the small plush sectional [...]

About Northern White Cedar

Northern White Cedar has long been the preferred choice in logs and lumber for building everything from canoes and fence posts to cozy cabins and luxury homes. But why? Well, here’s the story of Northern White Cedar in America. The Canoe Conifer Native Americans of the Great Lakes region recognized the great durability and insect resistance of Northern White Cedar. They valued this wood so much that they used it to make their canoe ribs and slats. They even used the oils extracted from the twigs to make chest decongestants. When timbermen arrived in the region in the late 1800’s, [...]

Client Testimonial: Ronnie and Charlotte Howell

Have you ever gone to get a haircut expecting to leave looking like your favorite celebrity, but left with something you couldn’t wait to grow out? You expected the hairdresser to be knowledgeable and up to date on the latest designs, but without a picture to show, you might as well be at the dog groomers. Many of our customers come to Leland’s Cabins the same way: They know what they want, but they need a professional to put a plan in place. Ronnie and Charlotte Howell came to our showroom without a picture in hand, but our sales [...]

Choosing your Cabin Builder – CUSTOM BUILT VS. COOKIE CUTTER

Here at Leland’s Cabins, we like cookies as much as the next guy. Shortbread, chocolate chip, oatmeal. We’ll enjoy a plate of them all. We like them so much that we often have them freshly baked for you to enjoy during your visit to our showroom! But what we’re not about is cookie cutters for everyone—meaning products made to look exactly the same and lacking individuality. We work with When you work with a prefab cabin builder like Leland’s, we encourage you to put your individual imprint on your designs. After all, our mission is to build the cabin of [...]

Nicole’s Place is Saving Lives in Our Own Texas Backyard

Growing up in the eighties and early nineties I remember when milk cartons were used to help find missing children. Back then, picky children were reminded of the starving children in Ethiopia every night at dinner. It’s also when street corners were first occupied with people holding signs that said, “Will work for food.” Some of those people even made it into the pages of my high school yearbook because it had become such a phenomenon. The kids of my generation grew up accustomed to suffering around us. We were conditioned to raise support for causes and to give [...]

Fireworks, BBQ and Making a Real Difference: A Safe Harbor for Survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

As I look forward to celebrating our nation’s independence, I am compelled this year to do more than just BBQ, soak up the sun and go to bed after watching an extravaganza of fireworks. A fire has been sparked in me for something more. With summer in full bloom as evidenced by the children playing outside, I enjoy the sounds of their carefree laughter. It is the sweetest sound of freedom, but it is a freedom that is being taken away from a growing number of our country’s children. Sex trafficking is no longer something that happens in other [...]

Caring for Your Cabin Floors

Choosing the right flooring is one of the best ways to add a personalized ambiance to your cabin,but because floors are often the highest-wearing part of your space, it’s important to understand your options for material, finish, and care. Understanding the choices you make when it comes to flooring can help to give you the peace of mind and assurance you look for when making decisions that you hope will stand the test of time. At Leland’s we offer three main flooring types, each of which comes in various colors. Our first option is Elements Laminate flooring collection [...]

Lemon Rosemary Marinade

When it comes to gardening I can’t even keep cactus alive. I use to joke that I have spiritual plants that often go on fasts because I’d forget to water them. But I am a health nut who loves when I experience bites that excite my tastebuds with flavors that can only come from fresh herbs.All those jars of dried and crushed seasoning that’s been sitting in my cabinet since they were gifted to me at my wedding cannot compare to a fresh mint leaf in an ice-cold glass of lemonade, fresh squeezed of course. With spring in the [...]

Making a House a Home

By  Guest Blogger, Rebecca Gates Having been a wife for nearly twenty years one might assume that by now I would have my house dialed in and looking as though a professional had placed perfectly every piece of furniture and nic nac. It was definitely my goal to have our house looking like a home by the time we celebrated our first anniversary. Unfortunately, I married a rare gem who has opinions about such things as bedding. We slept with nothing but sheets and throw blankets for the first six months of marriage because my husband didn’t like anything [...]

The Key to an Orderly Closet

By Guest Blogger, Rebecca Gates When I was a child I was terrified of the closet. I'd lay in bed with one eye peeking out from under my covers watching for any sign of movement because I was convinced there were monsters waiting to attack the minute I turned my back. Now that I'm older I'm terrified of my closets for the monstrosity that lies in wait to pounce on me the minute I open the door. Lurking in the dark is a mess so grotesque that it causes me to dread my favorite season of the year because [...]

Decorating Your Loft Space

Decorating Your Loft Space Whether you’re a tiny home enthusiast or AirBnB aficionado, you know that the best way to maximize your space is with a loft. With the seemingly boundless opportunities for creative use of space, these ladder-accessible nooks offer much-needed privacy and a chance to decorate the getaway of your dreams. Despite their small appearance, the loft’s versatility is mighty. If you’re considering getting one of Leland’s Cabins for you and your spouse to live in full-time or as a summer getaway, these nooks make a great bedroom. With about 4’ of headroom, airy wall [...]

Love is Kind. Love is Gentle.

Christmas was barely over and I began to see red! It’s hard not to be a little angry when Valentine’s Day is being pushed on us as prematurely as marriage was at every family event I went to in my twenties. I started noticing red hearts at every store by January first! The pressure to express our perfect love to our family before we have even gotten around to taking down the Christmas tree is unreal. And yet it still got me thinking about filling my home with the sent of fresh, red, velvety roses on the entry way [...]

Cabinets Crafted Just for You

The cabinetry you’ll find in Leland’s cabins combines classic, time-tested designs and construction methods with contemporary fabrication techniques to ensure a timeless and comfortable look that will stay durable and hassle free for years to come. Our craftsman begins every cabinet as a CAD file which is used to directly machine-cut the wood, allowing for an extremely accurate fabrication of the building blocks that go into each cabinet. The wood, either hickory, knotty pine, or a mix of knotty hickory and walnut, is then planed and cut to the exact size, shape and angle necessary for its role [...]

Spice up Your Christmas with These Texas Recipes

Christmas, Texas Style You can picture the typical TV representation of Christmas morning. There’s a fire crackling in the fireplace. The tree is beautifully decorated, something even Martha Stewart would approve of. Every gift is meticulously wrapped and marked and bedecked with bows and ribbon. And the family members gathered around enjoying these sights and sounds are dressed in coordinated pajamas, opening presents one person at a time. Here at Leland’s Cabins, we’re a little less TV ideal and a lot more eclectic in our holiday traditions.   Old Texas Christmas Traditions Texas is a state with a long [...]

Why not have Thanksgiving in the woods?

What does a “normal” Thanksgiving look and feel like to you? Family and friends gathered around your kitchen table enjoying pumpkin pie while the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, or your favorite football team plays in the background on the big screen? Or is it a little more stressful? Rather than filling your mind and heart with thoughts of thankfulness, you find your mind racing - thinking about how long the turkey needs to be in the oven, Black Friday deals, or the fact that your holiday season to-do list keeps getting longer by the day. Whatever your Thanksgiving normal [...]

Unlikely Benefits of Owning a Small-Size Cabin

While it goes without saying here in the Lone Star State that everything is bigger in Texas, it doesn’t mean that bigger is always better. When it comes to Leland’s small-size prefab cabins, there are some wonderful benefits to going for a slimmed-down style. An easy perk to point to is cost efficiency. Buying one of the small premade cabins or tiny homes like The Stag goes easy on the wallet, which leaves you with more money in the bank each month. When your home costs less than a pickup truck or SUV, you know you can sleep peacefully at [...]

Client Testimonial 2: Leland’s Builds a Cabin for a Texas School

In working to create an outdoor learning center with All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas, it was clear that we couldn’t think about the outdoor areas as separate from the indoor ones. Both were a top priority, and the two needed to work in harmony. All Saints partnered with Leland’s to build a learning center that took advantage of the 150-acre campus and all the trees, trails, and wildlife on it. Listening to Head of School Mike Cobb’s vision for the learning center, we were able to work together to maximize the best in what our Texas pre-built [...]

Client Testimonial: Lisa and Chuck Forman

When Leland’s Cabins customers Lisa and Chuck Forman moved back to the United States after working overseas, they decided to settle down in Spur, Texas, a blink-and-you-miss-it town of just over a thousand people located east of Lubbock. They were curious about tiny houses, and when they discovered Spur, they were excited by what they read. The diminutive town was described as big on charm and friendliness, and right away they felt welcome. As the couple visited Spur, they met one of our Leland’s representatives who showed them a handful of our manufactured log cabin homes in town. The couple [...]

Client Testimonial: Leland’s Builds a Cabin for a Texas School We talk a lot about our cabins serving as retreats, as destinations for escaping the daily grind of the working world and embracing the quiet of nature. Leland’s Cabins recently was given an opportunity to build a forest hideaway not for a family, but for a local school. All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas, encourages its students to engage in outdoor learning by exploring the forest and wildlife that exist on its 150-acre campus. Outdoor learning has been shown to decrease students’ stress levels while at the same time increase their motivation. And for All Saints, [...]

The Benefits of Having a Local Craftsman Build Your Log Cabin

We’ve all heard the mantra to “shop local,” but what does that mean when it comes to modular cabins? Here at Leland’s Cabins, we embrace that local perspective every day and with every member of our Leland’s family. Texas log cabins are a distinct style. We’re proud of the craftsmanship that goes into each of our nine cabin models. And we’re proud of the craftsmen who build them, too. Why? Because they’re not living on the other side of the world when they pick up a hammer and start to construct one of our prefab log cabins. They’re living [...]

Things to Consider When Choosing Land for Your Prefab Cabin

Things to Consider When Choosing Land for Your Prefab Cabin Location, location, location. That’s the old adage in real estate, and it typically refers to neighborhoods with good schools and access to shopping. But when it comes to Texas log cabins, location is a whole ’nother kettle of fish — ideally caught with your own rod in a stream or pond nearby. When you’re making plans for your Leland’s Cabins home, there are lots of things to consider. From the floorplan to the wooden walls, the kitchen cabinets to the cedar tub, you have scores of decisions to make. [...]

Think Outside the Box With a Manufactured Cabin

Manufactured Cabins in Texas At Leland’s Cabins, we specialize in manufactured cabins. We build every one here at our headquarters in Grandview, Texas. Why do we do it that way? There are a lot of reasons, but the most important is that we have more control over the quality of each cabin manufactured here instead of on the job site. And more control over the quality means a better product for our customers. Our team of builders is composed of master craftsmen. Each member of the team contributes to the high-quality standards that we adhere to at Leland’s Cabins. [...]

Top 5 Reasons to get away to your cabin this fall

Your Cabin Home The leaves are changing. The temperatures are dropping just enough that you can bring out the warm, cozy, comfy clothes you love. And the air is filled with something different. Nature is changing directions, not slowing down, and shedding what it doesn’t need for what comes next. To take it all in and enjoy the most of this new season, you need a cabin home. A manufactured log cabin in the woods where you can go to escape and revel in the changing colors and cooler temps. Somewhere you can take those walks and sit on [...]

Planning a Successful Fall Hunting Trip in Texas

Hunting Trips Starting your day out sitting on the cool ground in the woods, just as the sun is coming up, is less an exercise in patience and more a moment of peaceful anticipation. You’re there waiting for the sun to clear the horizon and the game to come wandering your way. You can almost taste the sausage as you sit there, imaging the deer you’re going to get this year. Most of your hunting trips start and end the same way: You begin anticipating the next year’s trip at the end of this year’s. As your trip comes [...]

Weekend Getaways: Part One

Our family loves to get away together on the weekends. But staying at hotels and Airbnb’s can get expensive. We have explored many options in search of a smarter way to vacation. Camping We could save money camping, but we are definitely not what you would call “happy campers.” To each his own, but I could never understand why anyone would want to leave all the modern comforts of home to cook dinner over a fire and sleep on a bed that I won’t recover from for over a week of chiropractic care. Bathing in lakes and eating with the [...]

The Best Fall Cabin Decor

The Best Fall Cabin Decor With fall equinox hitting in late September, when the sun appears to cross the equator on its journey south along the horizon, we officially mark autumn’s arrival. And with it, an uptick in all things made with pumpkin spice. But there’s more to celebrate this gorgeous season than sipping a flavored coffee drink and munching on a funky-tasting pumpkin bagel. At Leland’s Cabins, we love to mark the changing seasons. So as we put away all the trappings of summertime, we’re excited to consider the long list of cabin decorating opportunities that celebrate autumn. What [...]

A Customizable Prefab Cabin—Is It Really Possible?

Customizable Prefab Cabin You know what you want, but you’re having a hard time finding it. A customizable prefab cabin doesn’t seem to be in the vocabulary of the cabin builders you’ve spoken with. But don’t worry, Leland’s Cabins has you covered. We rarely build the same exact cabin twice, and we perform each build here at our headquarters in Grandview, Texas. We build prefab cabins because it gives us greater control over the quality and the cost involved, which is important to us and to our customers. Helping our customers get the most bang for their buck is one [...]

The Perfect End to Summer: A Getaway at Your Log Cabin

A Getaway to Your Manufactured Log Cabin The end of summer is upon you. It happens every year, and every year you swear it happened even quicker this year. Every summer, you get caught up in something. And before you know it, you’ve missed your chance to book that summer getaway. Who says you have to keep on repeating the same pattern? You can change it up, and you can do it before next summer. Start a new tradition with an end-of-summer getaway to your very own cabin. No need to book a stay somewhere when you own the [...]

Why Add a Porch to Your Leland’s Cabin?

Here at Leland’s, we think a lot about the modular cabins Texas builders offer. And we think our nine different models of log cabins offer something for every taste and wallet. But a topic we don’t always talk about is a powerful extension of the cabin: the porch. “Make your front porch a part of your home,” someone once said, “and it will make you a part of the world.” We see porches and decks as an easy win on all sorts of fronts. And our customers do too, as you can see in this testimonial about adding a porch to [...]

Behind the Build, Part 6: Delivery and Setup

There’s no better feeling than coming home. The sense of calm, relief, peace. When you purchase a prefab log cabin with a Texas-made, Texas-proud builder like Leland’s Cabins, those are just the feelings we want you to have. We aim for that sort of satisfaction with every cabin we make. Take a look at the final steps in our construction process with Part 6 of the “Behind the Build Series,” focusing on delivery and setup of your Leland’s cabin home. From the floors and walls to our log cabin windows, paint, and roof, as we demonstrated in Part 3 [...]

Moving Parents Back Home: The Cabin Option

Every morning I wake-up to the tick-tock of a racing clock reminding me of the uncertainties I face in the near future. Like a heavy grandfather clock, the passing time tells me I bear the responsibility of my aging parents, who will soon need me to have solutions. I can only imagine all the ways that my own family will be affected as I attempt to bring security to my children’s grandparents. I hurt for the helpless feeling my parents are beginning to experience as time seems to be leaving them behind. It’s amazing how many hours in the [...]

Let Leland’s Show You Financing Options for Your Dream Cabin

You’ve had the dream. It’s set to the song of cicadas with lush green trees and grass, family members laughing and playing, and a pervading spirit of fun and adventure. We’ve all had these sorts of vacation reveries, whether set in the hills of Italy, the wide-open skies of Idaho, or the more locally gorgeous terrain of Central Texas. Turning these dreams into a reality might be easier than you think. Let Leland’s Cabins help. What holds most of us back when considering a log-cabin purchase is money. How do we find the means to pay for a prefab [...]

How to Turn Your Cabin into an Airbnb Destination

Cabin Rentals Did you know cabin rentals are becoming more popular for those seeking a getaway? From travelers looking to unplug to vacationers with no desire to sleep on the ground in a tent, renting a cabin for the weekend is the perfect solution to get out of town and get in touch with nature. You have a beautiful cabin, but you only use it part of the time. What better way to keep it occupied and make a little money than to turn it into a cabin rental? A short-term rental, that is. After all, you want to [...]

Pros and Cons of Laminate vs. Wood Plank Flooring

Texas Prefab Log Cabins The options for finishing the interior of your Texas prefab log cabin are vast. You can take the interior design of your cabin in just about any possible direction you can imagine. At Leland’s, we offer custom cabins. That means you can have your cabin your way. We offer both laminate and plank flooring, both brands that have a tried and true history of standing up well to typical wear and tear. In addition to durability, all three of the flooring options we offer are beautiful. So how do you choose? How do you decide [...]

Behind the Build, Part 5: HVAC, Plumbing, Lighting, and Cabinets

The last step in bringing your Leland’s Cabins home to life includes installing the HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and kitchen cabinets. Each step in the construction process—as we showed in Part 4 which demonstrated installation of the electrical, walls, floors, and insulation—moves your pre-built cabin along from an idea in your imagination to a building with four walls and a ceiling. One that you can call your very own. Once the electrical is in place and the walls and floors are in, it’s time to make your space as comfortable as possible. And with Texas’ record-breaking hot summers averaging well [...]

Behind the Build, Part 4: Electrical, Insulation, Walls, and Flooring

As your Leland’s Cabins home comes together, the next phase of construction kicks up the excitement. Our custom cabins are Texas made and Texas proud, which means pride in workmanship goes into each and every one. We don’t line it up for delivery until we’re satisfied that every step has been done right. We saw in Part 3 how the windows and roof take shape. Once the exterior is painted, it’s time to run in the electrical wiring. No matter whether you’re choosing our leaner models like the 216-square-foot Rio Bravo and 392-square-foot The Stag, or opting for our [...]

Texas Pride: The Best Texas Cabin Decor

Texas has plenty of iconic images, from its distinctive shape to the longhorn cattle that once grazed its plains to its highway signs warning “Don’t Mess With Texas.” So giving your prefab log cabin a Texas-themed flavor can be easier than you might think. Here at Leland’s Cabins, we love to celebrate all things Texas, so we’re offering up our top five favorite decorating ideas to put you in a Lone Star state of mind. Lone Stars Shining Texas earned the Lone Star State nickname from the design of its flag as the Republic of Texas, which was a sovereign [...]

5 Summer Traditions to Start with Your Family Now

Summer Traditions Did you have summertime traditions as a child? You know, those things you did that made summer feel like it was finally here? Maybe it was swimming in your favorite water hole, lighting your first sparkler or firecracker of the year, or taking that road trip to see Grandma and Grandpa. Whatever it was, it’s stuck with you. What about your summer traditions now that you’re an adult? You don’t have to let go of the fun. Actually, according to the experts, making sure to include fun and time off in your life will make you more [...]

Leland’s Behind the Build, Part 3: Windows, Paint, and Roof

The excitement builds with each step in the creation of your Leland’s Cabins home. No matter the model you’ve selected from our nine prefab log cabin styles, the same commitment to craftsmanship goes into each one. Once the roof and outside walls have gone up, it’s time to frame out the doors and put them in place. Just imagine the moment when you can turn the doorknob and walk inside your Texas log cabin. With just a few more steps in the journey, you’re almost there. You can watch the windows, paint, and roof take shape here. [...]

When Parents Need to Move Back Home

I often joke with my kids that one day they will have to clean up my messes the way I’ve had to clean up theirs for all of these years. But suddenly this is no longer a laughing matter, as I watch my own parents’ failing health. Cancer, knee replacement surgeries, debilitating asthma. Wrap that all up, serve it with a side of diminishing income, and pass it to the most responsible of the adult children. Me. Honestly, it’s scary to imagine. No parent ever dreams of being a burden for their children to bear. And most children can’t [...]

Behind the Build Part 2: Roof and Outside Walls

Prefab Log Cabins Leland’s cabins are prefab log cabins. What does that mean? It means we build our cabins here at our headquarters in Grandview, Texas, instead of building them on site. Why don’t we build the cabins on site? The first reason is quality assurance. By building our cabins in our workshop, we have everything we need on hand to create the craftsman-quality cabins we’re known for. There’s no time wasted by making a lengthy trip back to headquarters to get this or that. And there’s no compromises made in the quality of the build because we’re constrained [...]


A Cabin with a Purpose You have a hobby, a passion, or even a burgeoning business. There’s something on the side that you invest in because it’s what speaks to your heart. But that “side hustle” is taking over your home. You need your space back, and you need to take it to the next level to successfully turn your side hustle into your main gig. What do you do? Buy a bigger house? Forget about the side hustle and stick to the job that makes you miserable but pays the bills? There’s a third option. Buy a Leland’s cabin [...]


The Great American Eclipse On August 21, 2017, America will experience the Great American Eclipse. You’ve most likely already heard about it because the eclipse has been receiving great coverage for months. And it isn’t even here yet. Why is it a big deal? Because the path of totality—that’s the area of Earth from which the sun is completely blocked by the moon—is usually in the middle of the ocean or an undeveloped region of the world. That means this isn’t something America sees often. For many, it will be a once in a lifetime occurrence. Here’s the bad news, [...]


Small Modular Cabins Wanted: Someone who knows what they want and loves small modular cabins. Somebody who has been searching and searching for handcrafted quality and old-time workmanship. While this isn’t exactly a want ad, the Smokey Bear is auditioning owners. It’s looking for someone who will appreciate its simplistic beauty and tiny footprint. The Smokey Bear is talking to whomever wants to call the little cabin home. Is that someone you? Are you looking for a small modular cabin? If you’re in Texas, then you’re in luck. Leland’s Cabins—the folks with the biggest cabin showroom in Texas—can deliver the modular cabin you’ve [...]


For nearly a decade—from 1836 until it agreed to join the United States in 1845—Texas proudly flew the flag of the Republic and let the world know the lone star stood for an independent spirit. You can stake your claim to that same legacy with sturdy and stylish Texas log cabins crafted by Leland’s Cabins. Take a look at our Lone Star cabin and just imagine yourself venturing into the Hill Country or the Pineywoods, or any number of Texas lakes, forests, or rivers, to relax in your own personal getaway. You might find yourself breaking from the weekly rat race and [...]


Enjoying The Brazos Listen closely and you can hear birds in the distance, chattering back and forth. Then you notice the sound of trickling water nearby. The sound of rustling leaves and brush reaches your ears, but it isn’t long before you see the source of all that noise. You soon spot a squirrel running along, looking for its next meal. Take a deep breath and breathe in the crisp air, and feel the sunshine on your skin. You’re sitting outside, and nearby sits your new prefab log cabin, The Brazos. You’re cleaning fish and feeling satisfied with your catches today. [...]


A Small Cabin in Texas There is a small cabin in Texas waiting for you. And it’s waiting in the largest cabin superstore in the state at Leland’s Cabins in Grandview. At 392 square feet, The Stag is the perfect little cabin you’ve been looking for. It’s so cute you’ll wanna squeeze its cheeks. If it had cheeks, of course (ignore the terrible jokes, I think I’m funny). Cheek aside, The Stag is a cabin built with certain needs in mind. The layout is perfect for those who: Want a little extra space for when company comes to stay. Want to get [...]


Your Modular Cabin You had Leland’s Cabins build you a custom modular cabin. And the results are in: You love it! Now it’s time to turn that modular cabin into the perfect place by adding a few…accessories for a cowpoke such as yourself. Where should you begin? 1. A place to hang your hat. When you walk in the door, you’d like to take your hat off and put it somewhere safe. After all, your mama taught you manners and you know removing your hat inside is the proper thing to do. You can find a utilitarian option over at Cavender’s. [...]


Cabins have always been in style. Maybe it’s the picturesque allure of having your own place tucked beneath a canopy of lush green branches, cicadas humming overhead and a bubbling brook calling nearby. Or maybe it’s the idea of being able to get away from the rat-race at a moment’s notice, with your very own escape waiting for you just around the next bend. Whatever it is, we at Leland’s Cabins celebrate our national fascination with log-cabin getaways, whether they are Texas log cabins or otherwise. The Nothnagle Cabin located in Gibbstown, New Jersey, may harken back to America’s earliest days, but [...]


The Jupes, Part 1: Ordering and Building a Dream Cabin At Leland’s Cabins, we like to consider ourselves creative thinkers. That’s why we get so excited when we have the opportunity to work with other cabin visionaries like our customers Dan and Kay Jupe, who recently decided to purchase a log cabin. From the moment the Jupes pulled up to our supercenter in Grandview, the largest log cabin showroom in Texas, our team was ready to show them the best log cabins Texas has to offer. “We just felt at home,” Dan said. He and Kay were able to tour [...]


Choosing a Log Cabin You’ve always wanted a log cabin, and now you’re ready to buy one. You’ve been browsing and dreaming, but you haven’t solidified what kind of log cabin you’d like to own. So how do you choose the best log cabin for you? It’s all about knowing what is most important to you. Understanding what you value most in a cabin is the first step to choosing the ideal log cabin. Here are a few things to consider that will hopefully help you narrow down what it is you really want in a log cabin. What is [...]


Life often comes down to a series of special moments. That first date. Graduation Day. The wedding. The birth of a baby. At Leland’s Cabins, the big day for us is always when one of our log cabins is delivered to a customer. For Dan and Kay Jupe, Leland’s customers we featured in a previous post about their experience ordering and designing the log cabin of their dreams, Delivery Day was an exciting moment. The new home they’d created with our Leland’s design team was on its way to their property. “One of these days, this cabin is going to be delivered,” [...]


At Leland’s Cabins, we have a deeply rooted commitment to protecting our planet. And one way we demonstrate this is by renewing what we use. For each and every cabin we sell, Leland’s plants 20 trees in each and every customer’s name. We believe this can do more than offset the impact of the lumber that we consume. Partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation, we work to get more trees into the soil and growing. Trees provide habitat for wildlife, give us natural beauty, offer us recreational opportunities. And they are workhorses, too, filtering our air and our water. Because we [...]


One secret about becoming a new parent that nobody tells you is how much stuff comes along with that tiny bundle of joy. Baby may enter the world with few possessions—other than an impressive set of lungs and a disarming ability to melt your heart—but it only takes a few hours for the items to pile up. Bassinets, cribs, bouncy seats, high chairs, diaper pails, the list is endless. And the essentials and accessories grow almost as fast as Baby. Before you know it, another one joins the first, and you’ve got to invest in bunk beds or a bigger [...]


Log Cabins You’ve been looking online at log cabins. You’ve discovered three things: 1. There is a price range to fit any budget out there. 2. All of the low-priced cabins aren’t cabins at all, but rather a jumble of boards and parts that come in a big kit you’d have to assemble. 3. Quality varies. A lot. You’d love to pay next to nothing for a cabin because … well, who wouldn’t? You’d also love to buy a cabin that has been built by the pros, not a paint-by-number kit. Your quest to find the pros who create craftsman-quality [...]


Autumn, writes the poet, is the year’s last, loveliest smile. And for us at Leland’s Cabins, it’s the time when we savor every last drop of sunshine. There’s no better place to spend those precious hours than in the great outdoors in your own log cabin home. There are plenty of reasons why we love Texas cabin homes throughout the whole year. But autumn offers particular pleasures. Here are what we consider the joys of simple cabin living, ranked in no particular order. Sit back, prop your boots up, and see if you agree. Autumn Leaves The science behind the changing [...]


Leland’s Cabins’ modular cabins are Texas made and Texas proud. Into each one, we put our finest craftsmanship and our love of family and home. We even stamp our products “Imported from Texas” as we send them out into the world, just as a reminder of all that we represent. Our cabin names demonstrate our pride as well. Take the Chisolm Trail as an example. A major cattle route from Texas ranches as far south as the Rio Grande all the way up to markets in central Kansas, the Chisolm Trail became synonymous with the Texas spirit. Thriving from about 1867 to [...]


When Leland’s Cabins first built the Lone Star cabin, it was the largest model we had ever created with a standard floor plan. Because everything is bigger in Texas, we decided to name it the Lone Star. Since then, we’ve designed even larger modular cabins Texas customers can call home. But we always hold up the Lone Star cabin as an example of some of the finest features we offer. While Texas has been known as “the Lone Star State” for about 200 years, it only became official in 2015 with a resolution in the state legislature. The Lone Star refers to the Texas [...]


Log Cabin Recap In Part 1 of the series, we talked about all the practical reasons why you should buy a cabin. For a quick refresher, here are those reasons all summed up: Cabins aren’t just a trend. They are here to stay. Cabins (especially Leland’s) are environmentally friendly. They are energy-efficient too. A good cabin is a good investment. A Leland’s cabin can be customized to be anything you want it to be. You can purchase a cabin for recreational purposes, as an additional revenue stream as a getaway rental, to become your main residence, or to house that aging [...]


In 1621, when the recently arrived Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, sat down to share a feast with their new neighbors, the seed of what we know today as Thanksgiving was planted. The colonists had arrived the year before on a small ship called the Mayflower. Having set out with 102 hopeful adventurers, only half the Pilgrims survived that first brutal winter along the shores of Massachusetts Bay. Starting anew in a foreign land proved difficult, and the hardships they encountered left many of the colonists sick and desperate. The Wampanoag Indians who befriended them taught the new arrivals how to [...]


  Integrity. Decency. Duty. These were the qualities actor John Wayne embodied in his legendary turn as Sheriff John T. Chance in the 1959 Howard Hawks film Rio Bravo. At Leland’s Cabins, we try to embody these same qualities in everything we do. Considered one of John Wayne’s best performances, his character in Rio Bravocaptivated audiences around the world and catapulted the film into the pantheon of Hollywood classics. The list of stars is remarkable—Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson, who was then a rival of Elvis Presley. And what Western is complete without an appearance from Walter Brennan? In 2014, the Library of [...]


Custom Cabins at Leland’s Every custom cabin we sell at Leland’s starts with our custom cabin team. Made up of experienced professionals, we understand buying a cabin is no small purchase. Our team takes its time getting to know every customer who walks through the door. Why? Because at Leland’s Cabins, we invest in customer satisfaction. We want every customer to have the cabin of their dreams. To make that happen, we have to first understand what customers want and need. And that means getting to know you. Customizing Cabins Every customer is different. We don’t make cookie-cutter cabins at Leland’s [...]


The Family Cabin Do you remember going to Uncle Steve and Aunt Bernice’s family cabin to vacation with them that one summer? It was the most boring summer of your life…until the cabin, that is. You and your family piled into the station wagon and drove for hours. As a kid, it felt like an eternity. Mostly because your little brother spent the time trying his best to annoy you. Sure, you realize now he was just trying to get your attention because you were the cool sibling he looked up to, but at the time you certainly didn’t appreciate [...]


Christmas in Texas doesn’t always come with snowball fights, cozy fireplaces, and the other trappings of North Pole life. But it does come with beloved traditions that residents of the Lone Star State enjoy embracing year after year. At Leland’s Cabins, we’re all for breaking out the spiced eggnog and ugly sweaters, to go right alongside our traditions of quality craftsmanship and exemplary service. Here are a few other favorite only-in-Texas traditions: Texas Salsas Under the Christmas Tree As you head over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, think about taking La Casita Abuela’s salsas along with you. [...]


The Ultimate Christmas Gift You put up the pre-lit tree, searching through the strands of lights to find the one burned-out bulb preventing half the tree from lighting up. Dusting off the stockings, you discover that stocking stuffer you thought was lost. You hang the wreath as you always do but see that weather stripping is starting to protest the presence of the over-the-door wreath hanger by falling off the door frame. You spend your time searching online for the perfect gift, knowing you’ll always have a hard time finding the right thing for your daughter’s longtime boyfriend, who is [...]


Which Size Cabin Is Right for You? Grande or Venti? Short or Tall? Or even Trenta? Whether it’s coffee or a stack of pancakes or the car we drive, we make choices about what size is right for us every day. When it comes to choosing the right size Texas log cabin, Leland’s wants to make it simple. We know many people spend their lives dreaming of buying a big American home. But that sprawling multi-room abode also comes with a big American mortgage attached to it. Paying for an enormous house can produce a host of other concerns right [...]


Log Cabin Homes Did you know at Leland’s Cabins, we customize every home we build? Because we start every log cabin home from scratch, the sky’s the limit on customizing your Texas cabin. Our ability to customize means you can plan out the rooms to fit your preferences. So where do you start in planning the kitchen of your dreams? A great place to start is with your budget. The same goes for purchasing a pre-built cabin. What is your overall budget? How much of that budget can be allocated to upgrades and customization for the kitchen? How much of [...]


Winter is a time for settling into a slower, sleepier pace and easier lifestyle. You’ve made it through the holiday madness, smiled through every ugly-sweater party and Christmas photo, and now you’re ready to claim what’s due: downtime, as in stress-free hours spent nestled under a down comforter in your Leland’s Cabins hideaway. While winter in Texas is a whole different experience than in the ice kingdoms of Maine and Montana, it’s still a season that’s perfect for cozy family time and comfort foods. We’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to embrace wintertime in your Texas log cabin, so you can spend these [...]


Log Hunting Cabins What comes to mind when you think of a hunting cabin? Luxury and beauty? Or cold nights and a can of beans cooked over the fire? For Dan and Kay Jupe, a particular vision came to mind when they started looking into purchasing a hunters’ cabin for their property. What they envisioned was more than the typical hunting cabin. Dan and Kay wanted a hunting cabin that is simple, warm, and inviting. Some place that feels like home away from home. Hunting isn’t only about the sport or providing meat for the family: it’s also about the [...]


At Leland’s Cabins, we don’t go in for drama. Our modular cabins are Texas built and Texas proud, so we let our craftsmanship do the talking. No need for confetti or pulsating music. But every now and then, we have moments that are inspired. And giving The Brazos cabin its name was one of them. Influenced by the Brazos River, which is considered the dividing line between East Texas and West Texas, the name translates from the full Spanish Rio de los Brazos de Dios to “The River of the Arms of God.” Not too shabby if we say so ourselves. Stretching over [...]


Winter Vacations You’ve been stuck in the same routine since fall. Go to work, come home, make dinner, feed the kids (or adult), clean it up, go to bed, and get up to do it all over again. Or maybe you’re retired, but you’ve found yourself in a similar slump. Perhaps you’re from a little further north than Texas, and the cold temperatures are getting you down. Whatever the cause of your winter blues, Texas is here to help. The mindset in Texas is simple: Go big or go home. And we don’t like for anyone to go home until [...]


Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday, but it can be fraught with danger. Flowers make an easy gift for your true love, but is it the best idea you can come up with? What about chocolates? A card? Is that too much? Too little? You’re not alone in trying to figure out the perfect way to say “I love you.” Americans spend an estimated $18.2 billion each year on Valentine’s Day, and more than $1.5 billion of that is just on candy. Retailers sell more than 58 million pounds of chocolate alone, not to mention piles and piles of sugary [...]


Prefab Cabins Have you been checking out tiny log cabins? If you take your search to Pinterest, you’ll see beautiful pre-built cabins of every size and variety; the choices are overwhelming. So how do you know what type of cabin is right for you? How do you sift through it all to narrow down your options? The best place to start is deciding what type of floor plan to choose: Should you choose open or closed? Let’s look at the differences and talk about the advantages of each. Open Floor Plan Prefab Cabins What is an open floor plan? Most often, [...]


It’s winter. It’s cold out. And all across America, we’re behaving like bears, hunkering down under our blankets and hoping to sleep till spring. During winter’s coldest months, it’s common—and very natural—to feel more sleepy and hungry. That’s because our bodies are trying hard to warm up. With every beat of our heart, blood pumps nutrients to all the parts of our body. When we eat, our food is metabolized into those crucial nutrients that provide energy that in turn raises our body temperature and makes us feel warm. So when it’s cold out and our body temperatures drop, we’re [...]


Buying a Prefab Cabin Are you looking at prefab cabins? If so, Leland’s Cabins in Texas is the perfect place to start and end your search. Why? Because at Leland’s, we build prefab log cabins with meticulous attention to the small details that add up to make every cabin last. Leland’s is first and foremost a log cabin builder. We just happen to build prefab log cabins because that’s what works best for our customers and our quality-control process. But what about building cabins on your site? Why did Leland’s choose to build prefab following a traditional building route? And [...]


When it comes to our cabins’ interiors, we’ve got a lot to talk about. Whether it’s fans hanging from our pine ceilings or the clean lines of our wood-paneled walls, we pay close attention to how customers feel when they step through the front door. What we haven’t talked enough about is enjoying the outside of a Leland’s Cabins home. We think everybody should be able to pull up a chair, pour a tall glass of iced tea, and survey the scenery from the front porch of their log cabin home. And maybe we’ve got a bad case of Spring Fever, [...]


A Prefab Log Cabin Adventure The cool temperatures are slowly starting to warm up. Plant life is starting to get a little greener, and you’re getting more and more eager to be outside. What if this spring could be different, though? What if it could be the beginning of an adventure that will keep you enjoying the outdoors all year long? After all, the winters in Texas aren’t that brutal. You just need something to motivate you to be in the great outdoors in the cooler months. What could that something be? A pre built custom cabin from Leland’s ought [...]


Here at Leland’s Cabins, we like cookies as much as the next guy. Shortbread, chocolate chip, oatmeal. We’ll enjoy a plate of all of them. But what we’re not about is cookie cutters—meaning products made to look exactly the same and lacking individuality. When you work with a prefab cabin builder like Leland’s, we encourage you to put your individual imprint on your designs. After all, our mission is to build the cabin of your dreams. Many Texas cabin homes roll out of the factory in boxes, which you assemble yourself. You open up the toolbox and put on your reading [...]


Texas Log Cabins Why is it better to own a cabin built in Texas? We’ll get to a few of those reasons in a minute. But first, let’s talk about the reasons it’s a no-brainer to have a cabin in Texas. Whether you currently reside in Texas or you like to visit, choosing a manufactured cabin in Texas has so many upsides, you’ll wonder why you don’t already have one (or two or three). First of all, Texas is a great place to get away to and relax. From the Hill Country to the blackland prairies to the sandy beaches [...]


Everybody knows Texas is all about big. Biggest state of the Lower 48 — at over 261,000 square miles, we’re nearly the size of France. Biggest state capitol building. Biggest rattlesnake roundup. Big Tex, Big Lake, Big D. Big hats, Big hair. But what you might not know is that we’re good with small too. Like the charm of our small towns and the deliciousness of our small, family-run barbecue restaurants. Small lakes for fishing, small businesses for shopping. At Leland’s Cabins, we’re proud of our small-cabin spaces, which may be lean on square footage but abundant in style and [...]


Spring Cleaning Your Prefab Log Cabin It’s time to get your prefab log cabin ready for vacation season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day and beyond, you’ll be busy making memories. Get the deep cleaning out of the way now so you can enjoy yourself all vacation season long. By design, your Leland’s cabin doesn’t require any more maintenance than that of a typical house. The roof is actually more durable, as it’s covered in premium metal roofing that has proven consistently to outlive asphalt shingles, which are typically found on most American houses. In case you didn’t purchase a [...]


The roots of Arbor Day run deep through American history. Founded by J. Sterling Morton, the very first Arbor Day in the United States took place in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on April 10, 1872, when an estimated 1 million trees were planted. “Arbor Day is not like other holidays,” pronounced Mr. Morton. “Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.” Leland’s Cabins’ commitment to the environment runs deep too, which is why we’ve partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation since 2013 to take an active role in supporting the forests we use to supply the wood [...]

Spring Cabin Cleaning: Keeping Your Cabin Interior Beautiful

Spring Cleaning Your Cabin You came to the largest cabin showroom in Texas, and you browsed. You looked around and decided you’d take all your favorite features from each cabin and have Leland’s Cabins custom build a cabin of your very own. The process went smoothly. In no time at all, your custom, prefab log cabin was delivered and you were in it. But that’s been a minute. Or more like a year (or two or three, but who’s counting?). Now as you look around your beautiful cabin, you find yourself wondering how best to keep it as beautiful [...]

Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Custom Cabin

We’ve all heard the mantra about buying a home: location, location, location. And while it’s easy to imagine the role location plays when considering homes in a city landscape, there are lots of new and important concerns to keep in mind when choosing the right place for your Leland’s Cabins home. For city living, you might choose a place based on the time it takes to get to work or school, how much the neighbors keep up their houses, or how close you are to your favorite restaurants or shops. When you’re ready to find the perfect place for your [...]

Deciding on the walls for your perfect cabin

There’s an expression “if these walls could talk” that refers to the idea that interesting or memorable things once happened within the confines of a certain room’s four walls. At Leland’s Cabins, we hope all your cabin stays will provide interesting and lasting memories. And we want to make sure your walls do the talking with style. That’s why we offer a variety of wood options and finishes in our custom cabins, allowing you to choose the look that best suits your taste and lifestyle. And don’t even get us started on the ceilings, floors, and exteriors . . . Well, we’ll get [...]

Spring Cleaning Your Leland’s Cabin

Would you like to keep your cabin as beautiful as the day it was delivered? Here’s a checklist to help you do just that. Exterior Start outside and save the inside for a rainy day. Check for wear and tear on your: Roof — pay close attention to valleys and the areas around vent covers. Clear away any debris. Overhangs and gutters — look for signs of leakage on the underside of your overhang, and clean out the gutters. Deck — look for loose or warped boards and signs that it’s time to reseal the wood. Siding — whether you [...]