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Smoky mountain cat house


Smoky mountain cat house

The smoky mountain cat house is a building that originated in the Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States, in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains areas. It is a variant of the traditional Appalachian log home, a style that became popular during the nineteenth century. Its name was derived from the smoke-colored logs of the region, a reference to the early logging practices, where the bark was frequently removed from the trees, leaving the logs a uniform color, and the distinctive smoke-colored homes.

Description

The smoky mountain cat house has the characteristic look of a log home. The walls of the structure are made of large logs cut from the trees on the property. The roof is made of wooden shakes that are nailed to the logs and held in place by large wooden pegs that are driven into the logs, leaving no fasteners visible. The walls have a thick plank floor made of wood that has been planed smooth on one side and is attached to the log floor on the opposite side by means of a series of small nails. A small, movable floor is added to the bottom of the house during the winter season, when the floor and walls are raised about two feet, leaving a small gap in between.

The floor plan of the building is similar to a square-shaped structure with a steep gable roof that resembles a house. Its length is usually about, and its width is about. The length of the walls is about.

Origin

The house was first constructed about 1880, and is a variant of the log cabin style of building in the Appalachian Mountains. It is based on traditional methods of construction for building log houses in the area. It resembles the log houses of the Blue Ridge, the Cumberland Plateau and the Great Smoky Mountains. It is believed to have originated in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spread across the southeastern United States.

Construction

When building the house, a large tree with straight, narrow-based trunks and large diameter is found on the property. The logs are then cut into a roughly square shape, or slightly less, about in length. The logs are then stacked in two layers, with the smooth side of the floor on top and the rough side on the bottom. The logs are then attached with nails driven through the top logs and into the bottom logs. The wood is then rubbed smooth using a wooden block.

The wall logs are attached to the floor logs with pegs, which, along with the wooden floors, prevent the house from moving. The walls, floor and roof are then covered with wooden shingles that are nailed in place and covered with a waterproof material. This process is repeated for each layer. The roof is then covered with the wooden shake siding, which is nailed to the shingles.

The building is covered with a wooden roof overhang, which may be supported by a row of columns or by a frame-and-board porch roof. The house is covered with wooden shakes, and the window and door are made of glass.

History

In the early nineteenth century, before the invention of the stove and the development of heating pipes, most homes were made of wooden materials. The construction of the smoky mountain cat house was based on the use of wood in the construction of traditional log houses of the region. The logs for the building were cut in the area. After cutting, the logs were stacked by size and color, so that the house would be ready for construction.

The original purpose of the building was for shelter, while the wood was being processed. The first houses were simple and consisted of a square of logs, the roof of which was made of bark. After the roof was finished, the house was moved to a location where the bark was more readily available.

The original floor plan was very similar to the basic design of a log cabin. The house was constructed in three separate pieces, and was moved into place. Each piece had an opening at the front of the house, which was the entryway. The door was made of glass, while the roof was made of thin pieces of tin. After moving the house to the location, the logs were cut in sections. The front and back walls were cut in half, creating two rooms, each with a door. The back of the house was left unfinished.

During the winter, the log house was covered with snow and covered with a thin, tarp-like roof. In the summer, the building was dismantled and moved to another location to be used for the fall harvest. The construction process was repeated in the fall.

At some point, the construction process of the building changed to using large logs, rather than small pieces of wood, as the building blocks. After that point, the house became more permanent and became the home for the people that lived in the house. The floor plan did not change much. The only significant change in the floor plan that the house underwent occurred in the early 1980s, when the addition of a living room at the front was added.

Construction methods

In the beginning of the nineteenth century, most houses were made of wooden materials, rather than stone or brick. At that time, most people did not have access to heating pipes, and the primary source of heat was the wood-burning stove. The first houses were built on the back of large plantations, which were often owned by a wealthy family. The house was intended to provide shelter, and to protect the family from wild animals that might attack them. The house was made from large logs, and the interior of the house consisted of a few rooms, usually one on top of the other. In the later 1800s, the construction of larger and more complex wooden buildings became popular.

The first houses were built using simple techniques. For the roof, the bark of the tree was stripped, leaving the rough side of the trunk. The branches of the tree were also used, as the roofing material. The walls were made of small branches, rather than larger logs. The roof and walls were not very strong, and they would often collapse.

During the early 1900s, as houses became more permanent, the use of wooden logs declined. Many homes were being built using brick


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