Why Build a Log House
A log house is a dwelling that is constructed using logs. The logs used in the construction may be squared, round or designed in different shapes, either handcrafted or milled. People used logs of different plants depending on the climate of the area. In countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic States, coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, are largely used to build log houses since such trees are readily available. Furthermore, the logs of the coniferous trees are also used to construct buildings in Europe, Balkans and the Alps since the areas are cold hence conducive to the growth of such trees. However, in warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees predominate, timber framing was favored instead. There are exist four main types of milled logs, these include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, as well as Swedish Cope logs. The choice of the milled logs depends on the use since they are made of different shape and design, for instance D-shaped logs are flat inside and round on the outside, while the full-round milled logs are fully round inside and out unlike the rounded Swedish cope logs both on the inside and outside, with a half-moon-shaped groove on the bottom. The universally accepted methods of constructing log houses include the following. The main methods include the Scandinavian Full-Scribe is naturally-shaped, smoothly-peeled logs which are scribed and custom-fitted to one another while the In the flat-on-flat method, logs are flattened on the top and bottom and then stacked, however, Milled log houses are built with a groove system that assists in aligning one log to another and creates a system to seal out the elements.
The following are the advantages of construction log and timber homes. Furthermore, the logs used to build the houses are renewable resource, therefore the building will have a solid green lineage. The log houses are also long lasting. The logs provide good thermal insulation in the home; therefore, one does not need to install an additional heating system. Homes that are made out of logs are strong enough to withstand storms and other natural calamities. Log walls are able to collect and store the sun’s energy during the day, then radiate it back into the home in the evening hence keeping the home warm throughout. The building and taking care of a log house seems to be expensive when one first hear all the numbers, however, the building of a log cabin is no more expensive than the building of a brick house, furthermore, it is faster to build the log home hence the building expenses will be less. However, it is recommended that when building a log house, use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.