Many people dream of building or owning a log home. The log home industry has been growing at a rate of 15 percent for the last 10 years. Here are some key items to think about when considering building a log home:
Log homes can be built to almost any set of plans, but with the cost of log homes being considerably more than traditionally built homes here are some suggestions on how to keep the cost down as much as possible:
Climate and Moisture content of the logs needs to be considered; depending on where you are building your log home. As logs dry out they shrink, sometimes a substantial amount. Manufacturers have developed techniques for dealing with this shrinkage, such as leaving 4 to 6 inches above every door and window or installing special systems to help level the floor or ceiling. Another way to achieve the feel of a log home is to build a traditional home and add log accents. This can include almost any part of the home such as: siding, posts, beams, stairs, railing, trim around windows and doors, fireplace mantles, built-in furniture and more. One can create the feel of a log home without the cost of a complete log home.
Log homes are livable, comfortable and calm. Maybe it's built into our psychology from centuries of our ancestors living in natural settings, but everything from acoustics to even the natural smell of wood in the home results in a very warm and comfortable atmosphere. Quiet environments and calm settings that reduce the stress of daily life and therefore promote healthy living.