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Are log homes energy efficient?

Yes! With logs you calculate the R- factor as well as the “Thermal Mass” which is the ability of an object to hold in heat or cold. Log walls act like a giant battery absorbing the sun in the deep winter and putting off that heat for hours after the sun is gone. This gives log walls the ability to perform as well or better than fiberglass insulation filled walls with a higher R- Value. According to tests done by the U.S. Department of Housing a log structure has a 17% higher R- Value than a traditional stud-framed structure averaging 20% to 30% savings in energy costs. Log homes are also a fail-safe insulation as they eliminate many common errors thatmay occur with fiberglass installation such as, too much compression or gaps around plumbing or wiring. If fiberglass insulation is not installed with a moisture proof barrier you could end up with mold or mildew. Log walls insulation value are virtually unaffected by moisture. The thermal mass also has the additional benefit of being a very high sound barrier. Log homes are quiet and peaceful, deadening the noise of the outside world and letting you enjoy what matters inside.

Do log homes require more maintenance?

A log home is no different than a traditional home in some aspects of maintenance. You will need to seal the wood and keep the elements out, but not any more than one would need to paint their home. You may need to do a couple of treatments the first 5 years of your new log home but after that it is really no different than a conventional home’s maintenance. Conventional homes have sealed wall cavities where mold, termites or rodents may develop without knowing there is a problem until it is costly to fix. Log walls are generally simple to maintain since all you need to do is simply take a look around your home and catch any problems before they become costly situations. We incorporate longer eaves in our designs to protect your home from damaging rain and U.V. rays, further minimizing maintenance requirements.

How is the resale value?

Our log homes are built to a much higher standard and have superior craftsmanship including custom touches and finishing accents which really set them apart from other log homes. Because of this, our homes regularly appraise higher than comparably sized conventional or manufactured log homes. Square foot for square foot our homes are an excellent investment.

What are the advantages of building a traditional handcrafted log home over machined?

A handcrafted log home is the only "true" log home. In a handcrafted building, the log is left natural, its only alteration being that it has undergone removal of the outer bark and part or all of the "cambium" or inner bark layer. Because of this, each log still possess all of the uniqueness and character that nature intended it to have. Machine-cut or milled logs have been mechanically altered to be identical to every other log in the building. These are no longer logs, but a factory run piece of lumber that used to be a log. Our handcrafted log homes have the aesthetic advantage of retaining the unique and distinctly different character of each log, creating a unique building every time.

Handcrafted log homes also offer structural advantages. Using natural full-size and full-length logs up to 60' long and from 10" to 30" in diameter creates structural integrity using only wood. Contrast this to machined logs - typically 6,8,10 or 12" in diameter and up to 30' long that are nailed or screwed together at regular intervals. Larger, handcrafted log are stronger in all stress situations and offer greater design options based on size and length without the addition of costly design, engineering and steel fabrication.

The automated milling process may be less expensive than handcrafting natural logs, however the cost of a finished milled product is very close to that of a handcrafted log home. Our handcrafted homes are actually far easier to assemble, saving considerable crane and crew time. If you compare performance over time and look at the character and thermal mass that is lost in creating machined logs, you can see why our homes offer better value and a higher resale in addtion to saving money on your total project cost.

Are log homes an environmentally friendly building choice?

Yes. A Very Unique Log Home uses only "standing dead" logs. We believe that a log home is a responsible option when considering environmental sustainability. This is because a log building incorporates good design and maintenance will easily last for several generations - many homes are still in service 60 and more years after construction. 

Log homes also don't require as much synthetic material as conventional construction, reducing the industrial footprint of pollution, energy consumption and waste. 

In addition, log homes can be easier to heat and use less energy

What is a 'chinked' log home?

'Chinked' refers to a method of fitting horizontal stacked logs to build a wall. Each horizontal log rests on the log below. We choose the logs to fit well but there is no grooving along the bottom side. To keep the weather out 'chinking' (a special filler) is applied between the logs, much like a bricklayer uses mortar between bricks. The corners are interlocked with notching to provide a very secure structure.