The Log Home Ba­sics

Dream ful­fill­ment starts here.

Log Home Living - - 2018 AN­NUAL BUYER'S GUIDE -

Ev­ery­one who chooses a log home has a look in mind; a men­tal im­age that they long to make real. And, not sur­pris­ingly, ev­ery­one’s vi­sion is quite dif­fer­ent. That’s the beauty of a log home. Though the raw ma­te­ri­als for each are es­sen­tially the same, the flex­i­bil­ity in terms of style and de­sign is truly lim­it­less. And the com­pa­nies that pro­duce log homes have re­sponded.

Once ex­clu­sively whole-hog log, to­day’s log home rou­tinely mixes full logs with other struc­tural ma­te­ri­als, such as tim­ber fram­ing, stone, glass and dry­wall. The re­sult is a home that’s as mod­ern as it is true to its log home her­itage, and its beauty is un­sur­passed.

Here, we’ll in­tro­duce you to the se­crets of log home plan­ning, like the char­ac­ter­is­tics of wood species; how log home man­u­fac­tur­ers cut and treat the tim­bers to per­form their best as part of your log home; and how to shop for a log home pro­ducer that’s right for you. (Plus, look for fi­nanc­ing tips through­out!) Think of this as your crash course in log home plan­ning, and, at the end, you’ll un­der­stand how to ask for (and get) ex­actly the log home you’ve been long­ing for.

Whether your log home will in­clude dry­wall and bold paint col­ors (above) or tim­ber fram­ing with tra­di­tional square logs and wide bands of white chink­ing (left), ev­ery log home shares one thing in com­mon — wood.

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