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 gives a home a rustic feel, which is the trend nowadays and with the perfect d?cor and lighting to match it, you can achieve a home that you will never feel like leaving. One of the best wood designs you can incorporate for your home today is logs. They are very artistic and make a home unique and magnificent when all is done. Below are the elements you must put in mind when planning to construct a log home:
The kinds of logs to utilize
The logs available in the market are either; milled, hand-hewn, or scribed. Milled logs are usually alike because they are passed through a machine. They can be square, round, rectangular or ‘D’ shaped. It is easy to stack them, and their joinery is almost precise. They are mostly derived from pine and cedar trees, and are kiln-dried to reduce the moisture in them.
Hand hewn logs are developed using hands to enhance their look and feel of a vintage home. They take time to produce and can be delivered peeled or cut. They are stacked together, and then the gaps between them filled up in a process called chinking.
Scribed logs are developed with hands too, and they are not chinked. Rather, the area where two logs touch when stacked together is identified and gotten rid of with a saw. Their length is generally maintained as that of the natural tree.
The layout plan of your log home
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 either consult an architect to design the home for you or you can go with preferred plans you have seen elsewhere. 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. In the absence of an architect, you must make sure that you hire workers who are knowledgeable in the construction of log homes to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.
The cost of the home’s construction
The things that will affect your budget for your log home are; size, type of logs selected, and workforce. Also, if you will hire an architect design or supervise the project, your costs will go higher relatively. Make sure you alert your architect about the amount you are willing to spend so that they can plan a home whose that you can fund.
The location of your site
The land where you want to build your log home can either be rural or urban. Check with your county authorities what permits you need before setting up your home. Also, make plans for any additional amenities you will require, for example, electricity, water, depending on the proximity to services.