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Log Homes

Log homes are one of the hottest trends in housing today. No longer simple cabins, these spacious and luxurious dwellings have become real status symbols. High profile celebrities build them in resort communities; they are especially popular in the West and on wooded properties all over the country.

Most log houses are constructed from kits that are shipped to the building site ready to assemble. They can be purchased from specialty manufacturers, most of whom will recommend a local contractor who can build the house on the owner’s lot. When properly constructed, a log house is a sturdy, durable and secure dwelling that can last for many years. They have an appealing warm, natural rustic look that is particularly attractive in rural landscapes.

Consider the following if you are thinking of purchasing a log home:

  • Log homes are generally more expensive to build than conventional houses because they are so labor intensive. Depending on the size of the home, hundreds of logs need to be shipped to the site. These logs can weigh up to 1000 pounds. They need to be stacked on top of one another, and windows and doors are cut out of the walls. You will need to hire an experienced contractor who knows exactly how to work with these materials.
  • The logs will usually shrink some as they continue to dry out, so gaps over the doors and windows should be part of the construction process. These gaps will allow for some natural settling as the logs move into their permanent positions.
  • If the log house is in a part of the country where the exterior is exposed to snow and rain, the logs may begin to rot. Rot can be minimized by including large roof overhangs in the design of the house. These overhangs will keep water away from the dwelling.
  • Borate treatments applied to the exterior of the house can help prevent beetles, termites and ants from infesting the walls of log homes. Caulking and sealing the spaces between the logs can keep out unwanted water and insects.

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