Log Home Jour­ney

It’s fi­nally log de­liv­ery day for Becky and Gary, and through all their ex­cite­ment, they re­al­ize the most important player in their jour­ney is about to en­ter the pic­ture — their builder.

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It’s fi­nally log de­liv­ery day for Becky and Gary, and the most important player in their jour­ney is about to en­ter the pic­ture — their builder.

A fter many months of plan­ning, set­backs, prob­lems and res­o­lu­tions, it was fi­nally time for the “ar­rival” — the day when our log pack­age would be de­liv­ered to our home site. Our ex­cite­ment built as my wife, Becky, and I were no­ti­fied sev­eral days ear­lier when we could ex­pect our first load of ma­te­ri­als. It felt like Christ­mas.

We woke up on “ar­rival” day only to find out that it snowed 6 inches overnight. If it were ac­tu­ally Christ­mas, the blan­ket of white would have been a wel­come site. But when you’re get­ting ready to start con­struc­tion, it’s not pretty. All Becky and I could think was: “Not an­other set­back.”

But to our joy, our builder, Owen Miller (Ray­mar Log Homes), was there with his fork­lift ready to un­load the flatbed. Be­cause of the snow, the truck driver couldn’t back up the drive­way, and we were forced to un­load the wood from the road to the stag­ing area, which was no easy task! Owen adapted quickly, how­ever, and he be­gan to hoist the ma­te­ri­als off the truck and onto the stag­ing area, which is where they would be stored se­curely and safely while still be­ing close to the build­ing site. Once the ma­te­ri­als were un­loaded, Owen re­viewed the pack­ing list and made sure that there were no short­ages or dam­ages. When ev­ery­thing was ac­counted for, we ac­cepted de­liv­ery, and af­ter what seemed like an eter­nity of wait­ing, con­struc­tion be­gan.

Once you en­ter the con­struc­tion phase of your log home, this is where your re­la­tion­ship with your builder be­comes re­ally important. You trust your builder to make the safest, most en­ergy ef­fi­cient and cost ef­fec­tive log home pos­si­ble. We couldn’t have been hap­pier with ours.

There are two key items that you should en­sure the builder is do­ing to ob­tain and air­tight, weather-tight seal in your log home:

Caulk­ing should be ap­plied at all outer edges of the joints

Gas­kets should be placed at butt joints and be­tween stacked logs

Our plans call for wood-on-wood log stack­ing, which not only keeps the walls straight but blocks air in­fil­tra­tion, and our logs were kiln-dried to a min­i­mum of 18 per­cent av­er­age mois­ture con­tent, which will min­i­mize shrink­ing and help us achieve an air­tight fit.

But what makes a log home en­ergy ef­fi­cient is the qual­ity of the logs and weath­er­tight con­struc­tion by an ex­pe­ri­enced builder. Re­mem­ber: Logs are nat­u­ral in­su­la­tors. For­get R-val­ues — those num­bers were cal­cu­lated to rate ar­ti­fi­cial ma­te­ri­als. Think about ther­mal mass. Un­like man­made in­su­la­tion, logs in­su­late by ther­mal mass, which means they store heat and re­lease it later. But no mat­ter what Mother Na­ture pro­vides, it won’t mat­ter if your home isn’t built solid and tight.

You will en­counter a num­ber of peo­ple who are es­sen­tial to mak­ing your log home dreams a re­al­ity, but your builder is the ab­so­lute #1 es­sen­tial. Take the time to choose an ex­pe­ri­enced per­son you can trust.

TOP RIGHT: Course af­ter course, the logs were stacked, and Gary and Becky could fi­nally see their log home spring to life.

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