Jack 1.1 on July 7, 2003
Of Log Homes
This is the first in a series of emails
you will receive about log homes. The purpose of this
on line log home information is to help realtors sell
land for log homes. I will make every effort to be brief.
Many people in and out of the real estate business consider
log homes to be little old log cabins out in the woods.
While they are common, we can see more and more 3000 to
8000 square foot show homes on massive estates.
Wildcat, a 1700+ square foot home that I am
building at Isle of Pines Drive can be seen in the slide
Log homes are commonly constructed of Eastern white pine,
white and red cedar, cypress and white and red oak. Other
woods can be used but these just noted are the more common
There are several types of structures that can be called
log homes. They can best be referred to as building systems
involving continuous logs, a post and beam system, and
Log homes built with continuous
logs involve the use of long logs of varying
lengths. Door frames are positioned. Then logs are laid
like brick up to the bottom of the windows. The windows
are framed and more logs are cut to fill in the spaces
between doors and windows. Finally, the lower level is
completed when more rows of logs are laid, usually up
to 13 courses high. More courses can be added when the
home owners are tall or wish high ceilings. There are
several roof system options including trusses and exposed
structural beams. The second floor or loft is usually
covered with matching siding.
Log homes built with the post
and beam system start with posts at every corner,
door and window. The space between these posts are filled
with logs that are factory cut or cut on site. More courses
can be added when the home owners are tall or wish high
ceilings. There are several roof system options including
trusses and exposed structural beams. The second floor
or loft is usually covered with matching siding.
Timber frame homes
are constructed with a series of upright posts [i.e.,
like the bones of a fish] connected to cross beams with
mortis and tenon type joinery. This series or uprights,
called bents, are then fixed together giving the frame
exceptional strength. The frame is covered with any type
of material. This results in handsome exposed beams throughout
the interior. Walls can include traditional wood, brick,
stucco or vinyl siding material as can be found in traditionally
Some developments do not permit log homes. Timber frame
homes look like traditional homes from the outside. Inside,
there is a world of difference. Consider timber frame
homes where log homes are not permitted by the POA covenants.
In the coming issues,
we will cover topics like types of logs, material packages,
construction, cost estimates, maintenance, bugs, roof
systems, and more.
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