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Traditional log houses & log cabins in Russia

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Old time Russian log houses and log cabins photo gallery

Real Russian architecture is not a cityline of uninspiring, grey concrete apartment buildings, built by Soviets for Soviet people. Real Russia is different. At least - it was different. It is still possible to find some old log houses built in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries in any part of Russia. Unfortunatly most of old log houses are abandoned or not properly cared. So these traditional wooden houses are disappearing from the Russian landscape.

Old log houses and log huts or cabins (in Russian - 'Izba') play an important role in Russian architecture and design. Russian log hut or cabin means simple one- or 1½-story structure. There were little change in a simple rectangular floor plan design and design of steep, chalet-style roofs since the Viking time in Russia. Walls are built by placing logs one onto another with interlockes (joints) at corners. There are about 50 traditional Russian types of log house corner joints. Traditionally logs are cut in late fall or at the winter beginning. Than left on ground with ventilation space stickers till late spring to let frost reduce wood moisture content. Russian preferred to build the log house from chopped rough-hewn logs of pine, spruce and larch. Russians never used old trees, dead trees, trees from crossroads and from teh abandoned roads for log house construction. These trees "had got bad energy" and can harm home and people. Most of woodworks were done with axe only with little or no stone, metal, or glass.

Russian log house means somewhat more finished, more architecturally sophisticated than a simple log cabin. Log house walls are carefully handcrafted or mashine milled, painted or covered with wooden siding planks.  Russian log cabin is a a smaller, more rustic log house.

Photos: © Andrew Dachnick.
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Traditional Russian Izba (log house) as a part of XIX century farmstead reconstruction in Estonian Folk museum. Both log cabin interior and exterior are of split pine tree logs. In older times the gap between hewn logs were traditionally filled with river clay to prevent wind and water penetration.
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Traditional old time Russian village view in Vitoslavitsy Russian Wood houses and churches museum in Novgorod. The wooden crane Russian shadoof ('Zuravl') is a part of water well system.
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Traditional Russian log houses are decorated by various special architectural features, such as platband and shutters wood carving. Glasses appeared in cabin's windows only since XIX-th century.
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Windows in Russian cabins were small to minimize heat loss. The solar symbolism in wood cut roofing decoration was popular since the pagan times.
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Russian log house roofs were wooden, plank, or made of wooden shingles.
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Before the XVII century roofs were covered with 5-9 layers of birch bark and turf, like in Norway.
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Old Russain log barn. Barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace and for threshing.
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Old logs (about 300 years old) are still in good shape.
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Log houses in Russia are decorated with woodcut trim around the windows. The woodcut is unique in style and design with each Russian province. Every woodcut symbol serves to protect the home and homeowners from evil spirits with the symbolic magic power.
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Russian log cabin living room interior with the Red corner, located across from the entrance on the east side (Icones corner - a small worship space, the same as home altar), and the an important attribute of a Russian household - tea samovar on the table.
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Combination of medieval stone ruins and planked log cabin in Pskov - Izborsk region of Russia.
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Russian log cabins combine the design with proving money saving technologies. This house style was very popular in Soviet time dacha houses.
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The time makes wood more beautiful, such as that simple decorated window in Russian log house.
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Old attached log barn with wood planks roofing.
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Russian revolutions, wars, ideology crisis had ruined most of wooden architecture monuments, some of which are little known even within Russia itself. In our days many of these historical wood houses are in government properties, but are not well-maintained and going to foll into disrepair like that XIX-century house in Belozersk, Vologda region.
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That private owned rich decorated with wood cut house in downtown Vologda is protected by the goverment.
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Small Russian log barn. Looks like medieval Scandinavian construction.
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A window in a rich Russian log house.
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Simple log house window is just a cut in a timberl, covered with a sliding wood plank.
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A large, two-storied village log house in outdoor museum of wooden architecture in Vitoslavlitsy, near the medieval city of Novgorod the Great, Russia.
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Old water barrels in Russian log house.
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Soviet time old log house iron roof reconstruction in Ples on Volga river, Ivanovo region.
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The timber is still popular building material in Russia. The modern versions of log cabins and houses are built from milled logs. These log houses are mass manufactured in Russia now. But modern log houses looks more Scandinavian than traditional Russain.
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Log homes are still popular all over Russia. Modern high-performance construction materials put the wooden construction the new level. Better insulation give the house larger windows to open better landscape view. New Russain log house - 'modern izba' still looks very attractive for Russain homeowners as a residence or a second home - dacha.
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Many Russians in countryside are still living in old log houses. See more photos of Russian wooden churches.
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