Pros & Cons

Log Home Living - - HANDCRAFTERS -

Pros:

For the el­derly or those with long-term dis­abil­i­ties that im­pact their mo­bil­ity, ranch­style liv­ing can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween in­de­pen­dence and as­sisted care.

You can save money on win­dow clean­ing, if you are in­clined to do it your­self! Ranch homes may have a few high-level win­dows, but you should be able to reach the ma­jor­ity of them eas­ily.

In the case of fire, home in­tru­sion or other emer­gency, a sin­gle-story home is eas­ier to es­cape from safely.

Elim­i­nat­ing stair­cases re­duces the pos­si­bil­ity of in­jury for chil­dren, the el­derly or even able-bod­ied peo­ple.

You can re­gain us­able square footage by re­mov­ing the stair­case. In a two-story home, stairs can eat up 100 square feet or more. Re­claim this space (and save money on con­struc­tion) in a ranch.

The low pro­file of a ranch home makes it less of a tar­get for se­vere weather with high winds, like tor­na­does or hur­ri­canes.

Cons:

It can be more costly to build out than up, pri­mar­ily a re­sult of ex­ca­vat­ing and set­ting the foun­da­tion. The foot­print for a 1,800 square foot ranch-style log home is much larger than what’s re­quired for the same square footage in a two-story house, which means you’ll need more land to build flat.

Roofs in north­ern cli­mates of­ten in­cor­po­rate sharp pitches, en­abling them to shed snow more eas­ily. The ranch’s shal­low pitched roof al­lows snow to ac­cu­mu­late more eas­ily, and if you’re not care­ful, this could lead to ice dams.

Con­crete has al­most no in­su­lat­ing value (about R-1 per 8 inches) and to keep the first course of logs from be­ing too close to the ground, log home builders and man­u­fac­tur­ers sug­gest a min­i­mum of 12 inches or as much as 24 inches of the foun­da­tion pro­trude from the soil. The most ag­gres­sive heat loss in a house is typ­i­cally through the above-grade foun­da­tion, and a ranch’s ex­tended foot­print re­sults in more ex­posed con­crete in this area.

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