I am considering building a log home but I don’t know where to start.
Your first step is to consider what kind of home design you would like. Although Gary will build to suit your needs, you will need to have stamped architectural drawings of your design before building can proceed.
You will also need to purchase land for your new log home to be built on. Working with a contractor will help you to manage all of the details in readying your lot for construction as well as arranging services such as water, septic, electrical, plumping, window and door installation.
Once you have decided on your design, Gary selects the wood and begins building the shell in his yard. This is then transported to your site for final construction.
I would like a fireplace in my log home.
Gary can complete the stone work for your fireplace to suit your design.
Is my log home more susceptible to fire than traditional home construction ?
No, log homes do not present any more fire hazards than traditional home construction. The thicker the log wall is, the better the fire rating. Log walls tend not to catch fire in the first place due to their thickness.
If there is a fire, after the fire is extinguished, the logs can be sanded to reveal undamaged, structurally sound wood underneath. A fire is more likely to ignite in non-log materials such as the roof, or interior, stud-framed walls.
Think about building a campfire. If you put thicker and heavier logs on first, you’ll notice they take a long time to burn and sometimes don’t completely burn at all. Putting lighter weight sticks on your fire first help it to burn faster. This same principle applies to log homes.
Will it be harder to get my log home insured ?
No, it won’t. Log homes can be insured in the same way as other homes. But like any home with a fireplace, yearly chimney cleaning by a professional will likely be stipulated by your insurance carrier.
What about termites and ants, will they be a problem for my log home ?
Log homes are no more susceptible to termites or ants or other wood-eating or wood-boring pests than any wood home.
How energy efficient are log homes ?
Log homes are very energy efficient. While log homes are not measured by R-values because these values were determined by the manufactured-insulation industry, log homes rely on the natural insulation of the logs themselves.
The energy efficiency in log homes is gained by the thermal mass of the logs and on how well the log home is built. The chinkless saddle notch construction we use ensures a tight fit between the logs and all windows, doors, interior wall and the roof are properly insulated.
Log homes are remarkably warm in the winter and remain cool in the summer without air conditioning, which is a plus for those with sensitivities to air conditioning.
What type of wood is used ?
All of the homes built use Ontario White Pine. White pine isn’t stringy, warps very little and has knots in it giving the wood character.
What products are used to treat the logs ?
Our logs are not treated in the same sense as treated lumber you would use to build your deck. The logs are stripped by hand and once the construction is complete, are protected using an environmentally friendly product from Sansin. For more information on Sansin products visit www.sansin.com.
Are there special concerns regarding electrical, plumbing or internet cabling in log homes ?
No. We work with you and your electrician to determine where you want outlets and we cut out the holes for outlets and drill the holes for cabling. Any certified electrician and plumber can install what is required.
How long does it take to build a log home ?
The shell is built on Gary’s yard and takes approximately 3 months to complete. Once the shell is transported to your site, it will be closed in within one week. The time it takes until your home is ready to move in depends on your contractor and your interior and exterior design choices.