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 very trendy today because of its rustic feel and it makes a house extremely impressive when the d?cor and lighting are matched well. One of the most sought for wood designs for homes are logs. They are creative and make a home exceptional and breathtaking when completed. Below are the elements you must put in mind when planning to construct a log home:
The type of logs to use
Logs come in three different categories; 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 commonly developed from pine and cedar, and can be kiln-dried to control their moisture content.
Hand hewn logs are usually crafted using hands to make them bring out the look and feel of an old house. They take time to produce and can be delivered peeled or cut. When stacked together, the spaces between them are filled up using a method known as 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. They are used at a tree’s natural height or length.
The layout plan of your log home
Log houses are elaborate, thus they need to be well outlined to guide their construction and also evaluate the other elements required like their cost, materials, etc. You can choose to either acquire the designs from an architect or look for models that impress you and work with them. One benefit of consulting an architect is that he or she can supervise the development as well. 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 the house you plan to build, the kind of logs that it will require, and the amount of labor needed affect the amount of money that you will invest. Also, if you will hire an architect design or supervise the project, your costs will go higher relatively. Discuss your budget with your architect to make sure that you get a design that you can afford to facilitate.
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. Based on the utilities around you, make arrangements for any additional amenities you will need like boreholes, electricity, etc.