That's the title of a show on GAC. Log cabins in Oregon seem to be
$400,000 and up.
Two, three, or more bedrooms. A bath, or two, or three.
The people in those just as well be on another planet than me.
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Today's well built log home is as good or better than stick framed
houses. Will easily last a century. But I'd say it needs some constant
upkeeps when logs start drying up/shrinking. One example is cupboards
in the log home kitchen is sort of hung on the wall so it can move
easily(like floating). When I had built my small cabin I seriously
considered a log home but after studying all aspects of it, I drop the
idea of building one. There is show on TV about building log homes.They
are warm in winter, cool in summer.
That's not completely true. A real log home is built from actual logs
which are stacked up to form the walls. In the old days, they built
these cabins or homes from raw trees. They cut down the trees, removed
the bark, and often they somewhat squared them to fit fairly tight. Then
they knotched the ends to make them fit together and stacked them up.
Most or all of the debarking, squaring and knotching was done by hand,
so it was a lot of hard work. That explains why they were usually small
(cabins). Usually just one room. These logs were then chinked, which
means they packed a rope like material and clay or crude cement between
Modern log homes are built similar, but the "logs" are actually factory
made, planed. sanded, and possibly knotched too. They are almost the
same as the old "Lincoln Logs" sold as toys. These logs fit tighter
together and they then use some sort of "caulking" between them. (I am
not sure what that caulking is made from).
What you're referring to, when you say "they just substitute logs for
aluminum siding", are traditional stick built homes (or can be pre-fabs
too). Then they cover the outside walls with siding that looks like
logs. This siding is real wood, often treated, and its sold just like
regular lumber. It's surface is rounded like logs, but it's only about
2" thick, and is tongue and groove. It does not need any chinking or
caulking (as far as I know). I have a few boards of this stuff, which I
got as part of a pile of misc. lumber which I bought at an auction. I
dont have enough to side anything, so it just takes up space in one of
my sheds. A building built with this stuff is NOT a real log home, it's
just a standard home covered with log-looking siding. Actually it does
look nice, but it's very costly.
I once saw a mobile home at a trailer sales lot, which had that log
siding. That mobile home cost almost twice as much as another one right
next to it, which was comparable as far as features and size. I took a
tour of it, just because I wanted to see it.
Anyone with land that has trees, has the skills, some antique tools and
a lot of time, can still build one of the "traditional" log cabins/homes
if they like to work really hard. One could be built for almost no money
(as long as you do it yourself without hired help, and dont have to buy
the logs). But you'll need some really good friends to help you at
little or no cost. In the old days, neighbors all helped each other
build their homes, and after they helped you, you had to help them, or
their children build their home. But we live in different times, and
thing are not done that way these days. One thing for sure, you can not
do this alone. You either need manpower or some machinery to lift those
heavy logs in place.
One drawback of any REAL log home, is that there are no hollow places
inside the walls for plumbing/ wiring, ducts, etc. So these things must
be mounted on the indoor wall surface, and be exposed, or covered with
some wooden trim.
I had to wire one of these real log homes once, and it was a learning
experience. I ended up using wiremold channel for most of the wires, and
surface mounted boxes. But I did manage to put some horizonal wires
between the logs and then the owner chinked over them. Of course if you
were to sheetrock the interior, you could use furring and then have a
place for wires and pipes. But a real log home has the logs exposed on
the interior too.
Either way, a *modern* log home is very costly to build, and any log
home needs a sealer or stain on the exterior and regular maintenance.
Not always. We reclaimed three single-room (with loft) log cabins;
one from Indiana and two in Wisconsin and moved them to a property
along the mighty muddy. Combined the two full (mid 19th century)
cabins with the third more modern cabin into a single log home on
a modern foundation with a wonderful view of the river.
that must have been one interesting project!
i'm much more in favor of working in layers because
of the need for good insulation during the cold weather
months. and if i'm doing layers i want the exterior to
be stone or brick as that is very good to keep out all
sorts of rodents/bugs/people/etc. then if you build
the walls and roof sturdy enough you can put gardens
on top of it which help even more with insulation and
also give you a nice integrated look with the surround-
in our location, when the trees had not grown up yet,
we'd have bad enough windchills that the furnace could
barely keep up. the open fields around us let it all
now i've sealed up quite a bit of the gaps and we've
had a heat exchanger replaced and it does help that the
bordering trees have become an actual wind break.
It's Jack Benny doing a violin duet with Gisele McKenzie.
Is there anything I could've done differently the first time?
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