Cabin to be packed for export

Mat Rusher with the log cabin he has built, and is about to deconstruct. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Mat Rusher with the log cabin he has built, and is about to deconstruct. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
The log cabin Mat Rusher has spent the past five months building is about to be taken apart again.

The Aspiring Log Homes owner has been building the cabin at a site in McLeods Rd in Burnside, and it has caught the eye of passers-by as it has been put together.

The house has been built in kitset form for a client in Bathurst, New South Wales, and Mr Rusher said it would now be disassembled, loaded into three containers and sent to Australia.

Mr Rusher would be travelling to Australia to reassemble it there.

It would take a week to deconstruct "one log at a time" and about three days to put back together.

The 180sq m macrocarpa house is the first built by Aspiring Log Homes at the site, though Mr Rusher is planning to build another for himself for his Tunnel Beach property, and said he had a potential client for a third log home for a Christchurch property.

He said the homes were safe in an earthquake, and could resist fire.

Windows, doors and a roof were organised by clients once the cabin was in place.

The logs were held together by joinery, and rods that were inserted vertically that would "squeeze everything together".

He had employed local people to assist him with the log cabin. He said earlier this year he had three full-time staff and some part-time workers, as well as people on holiday working visas.

The three-bedroomed home with open, high, vaulted ceilings was built from trees sourced from Milton.Mr Rusher started building log cabins in Canada about 13 years ago.

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

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