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Log Homes — Frequently Asked Questions



Log homes are becoming more and more popular everywhere!  They are attractive and with modern design and building methods, comfortable, efficient and healthy.


To start, list some of the things you want and need in your log home—and the things you don't want.Try sketching these ideas on paper. Spend some time on the building site. Take your plans, tape measure, stakes and ribbon. Stake out your home's design. You will be surprised how many changes you make—changes such as revising the floor design, having certain rooms catch the sun better or changing the view from the kitchen window. When you feel that your ideas are firm and you have a rough plan of what you want, you are ready to bring us your design, we will provide a pre-lim drawing,  estimated cost of the package.

Question: Can a log home be built anywhere and in any climate, or are there some regions   where a log home is impractical or too expensive to build?


Answer: You can build a log home in any region or environment. The obstacles are the obvious expense of building in an area where logs are not a natural resource and have to be shipped a long way. Some areas of the world are known for wood-eating insects and fungal growth. Our Cedar is the answer, not only environmentally friendly with natural wood protectors and fungicides make it possible to build a log home anywhere in the world.

Question:
How does the cost of building a log home compare to the cost of building a conventional frame house?

Answer:
A straightforward log home will usually cost 20 to 50 per cent more. The difference is the higher labour and materials costs for a log home. This estimate is reasonably true across North America. The cost can fluctuate if you are building in a lightly forested area and have to ship package to the building site. Frequently, the cost for a log home is higher because of custom features, such as stairways, upper and lower decks, dormers and so on.

Question:
What should I look for in a building site?

Answer:
Look for an ideal site has good natural drainage and good soil depth. The more southern exposure, the better it is for solar design. Your home does not have to be built square or at a 90 degree angle to the road or street. Plan to take advantage of natural sunlight.

Question:
How long does the construction of a log home with an average number of bedrooms compare to a similar conventional frame house?

Answer:
If both floor plans are the same and the log home has no special design features, construction time is about the same.The move-in date may be a couple of weeks longer for the log home. Our log houses are precut, or paneled off-site then transferred to the owner's property. Construction time can be cut if the property dries quickly in spring and if the foundation is already in place. Timing will also depend on whether  your sub-trades can complete their work on schedule.

Question:
What problems will I encounter with shrinkage and settling of logs?

Answer:
Logs are living organisms and even when dried for years will move slightly as they take in moisture from the air outside. There should be few shrinkage problems if the builder and sub-trades are experienced in log-home construction.
Our Log Build Crew Contractors uses wood dowels through the logs, the walls will settle straight down. It is very important that the builder leave ample space above the windows and doors and that the doors and windows are installed correctly.  If sub-trades are not knowledgeable about log homes, settling problems can occur.  Ask us about our builder referral program!

Question: How often will I have to refinish the exterior and the interior of my home?

Answer:
Routine maintenance is essential in keeping a log home as efficient as possible and in preserving it's natural beauty. The amount of sun, rain and wind determine when you should refinish the logs on your home. Depending on the type of sealant that was used you should consider refinishing and sealing every four to seven years. Ask freeloghomes.com about our recommend enviro safe finishes

Question: What are some of the benefits of owning a Freeloghomes.com log home?

Answer:
First and foremost, your love of loghomes!  Log homes can have a lower environmental impact than conventional houses. Some people prefer the air quality of a log house, as most of the materials in the house are natural.

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