Unlike the log cabins of early American times, today’s log homes offer innovative designs that create a comfortable, yet upscale feel. Most of today’s log homes feature cathedral ceilings for an open, airy feel as well as grand stone fireplaces and modern kitchens. With such a perfect combination of luxury and laid-back comfort, it’s no wonder so many people are gravitating toward this historic home design trend.
Here are some of the unique benefits and unique drawbacks of owning a log home.
- Log walls are natural sound insulators
The “Green Movement” is in full swing, as home buyers are becoming more eco-conscious and home builders are doing what they can to follow suit. Today’s environmentally-conscious builders opt for materials from sustainable forests, which means the trees are grown specifically for the purpose of being cut down. By having a supply of trees from a renewable, sustainable source, the rest of the world’s forests can be saved. Another green aspect of log homes is the fact that manufacturers utilize all portions of the log to keep waste at a minimum.
- Prestigious and beautiful aesthetic appeal
- Energy efficient:
Log homes are great at maintaining temperature and conserving energy. This is due to the massiveness of the logs and their ability to absorb heat during the day and radiate it at night. According to a NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) study, homes constructed with solid log walls are generally 2.5% to 15% more energy efficient than standard stick-frame construction.
- Termites, beetles and carpenter ants:
It’s important to educate yourself on the best way to prevent and treat damage from these pests.
- Cracking and popping when the logs are new
- Over time, logs will likely shift, expand, and contract with the changes in environment
- Logs have to be stained/sealed every 3-5 years to protect the wood (to fight moisture buildup, or prevent the wood from drying out to avoid the logs from decaying or splitting)
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