Why Build a Log House
A log house, is a building built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching. In most cases logs of different shapes and sizes are used in construction of houses; the logs can be milled or handcrafted. The weather condition of an area plays a vital role on the type of log to use in the construction. Logs from , coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce are widely used in large areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic States since they are widely available in those regions. Besides, regions of Europe, Balkans and the Alps also use the coniferous trees to construct their buildings. On the other hand, deciduous trees are widely used in warmer and more westerly regions of Europe to construct houses. The following are the main types of milled logs, they include D-shaped logs, square logs, full-round logs, as well as Swedish Cope logs. The choice of the milled logs depends on the use since they are made of different shape and design, for instance D-shaped logs are flat inside and round on the outside, while the full-round milled logs are fully round inside and out unlike the rounded Swedish cope logs both on the inside and outside, with a half-moon-shaped groove on the bottom. The following are the main methods of constructing log houses. The Scandinavian Full-Scribe method, for instance, is naturally-shaped, smoothly-peeled logs which are scribed and custom-fitted to one another while the In the flat-on-flat method, logs are flattened on the top and bottom and then stacked; however, Milled log houses are built with a groove system that assists in aligning one log to another thereby creating a sealing system.
The following are the reasons why log and timber buildings are better that the brick buildings. Furthermore, the logs used to build the houses are renewable resource, therefore the building will have a solid green lineage. The log houses are also long lasting. Furthermore, when you construct a log house, you do not have to incur cost in installing heating system since the timber itself provides good thermo insulation. Homes that are made out of logs are strong enough to withstand storms and other natural calamities. Log house are considered better for people living in cold regions since the log walls are able to collect and store the sun’s energy during the day, then radiate it back into the home in the evening. Besides, constructing a log house seems to be expensive when one first hear all the numbers, however, the building of a log cabin is no more expensive than the building of a brick house, furthermore, it is faster to build the log home hence the building expenses will be less. However, it is recommended that when building a log house, use high quality materials as well as to employ experienced professionals to build it.