A Quick Guide to Log Home Construction
Of all building material, wood is the most classic and it can make a home look and feel so natural. Wood is a favorite building material today due to the rural feel it gives to a home when the d?cor and lighting is well appointed, making a house exceptional. One of the most sought for wood designs for homes are logs. They are creative and make a home exceptional and breathtaking when completed. Here are the four things that you must consider when planning to build a log home:
The type of logs to use
Logs come in three different categories; milled, hand-hewn, or scribed. Milled logs are passed through a machine to make them uniform. they are usually; square, round, rectangular or ‘D’ shaped. They are easy to stack and have a near precision joinery. They are popularly made from pine and cedar trees, and they are kiln-dried to adjust their moisture content.
Hand hewn logs are handcrafted to recreate the look and feel of a vintage home. They consume a lot of time in their preparation and are available either peeled or sliced. Once they are stacked against each other, the spaces between them is closed, in a process called chinking.
Scribed logs are hand-crafted as well, but they do not require chinking. Instead, the space where two logs come into contact with each other once stacked is traced and the area removed with a saw. Their length is generally maintained as that of the natural tree.
Your home’s design
A log home is quite sophisticated and requires to be designed first to provide a guide and determine some other aspects like cost and appropriate material type. You can choose to either acquire the designs from an architect or look for models that impress you and work with them. The advantage of working with an architect is that he or she is experienced with log home construction and can come in handy to direct the project. If you do not have an architect to oversee the building, the staff you hire must be experts in the area to ensure you get what you are looking for.
The amount of money you are willing to spend
The size of your home, type of logs you choose to use, and intensity of labor you need will influence the amount of money you will spend on your log home. Also, if you will hire an architect design or supervise the project, your costs will go higher relatively. Be open about your budget with your architect to ensure that he or she designs a log home that you can afford.
The location of your site
The land where you want to build your log home can either be rural or urban. Make sure you are aware of the permits you require before launching your home’s construction. Based on the utilities around you, make arrangements for any additional amenities you will need like boreholes, electricity, etc.