Considerations to Make When Planning to Construct a Log Home
Out of many building materials, wood is among the most classy and it makes a home look and feel natural. Wood is a favorite building material today due to the rural feel it gives to a home when the d?cor and lighting is well appointed, making a house exceptional. One of the best wood designs you can incorporate for your home today is logs. They are creative and make a home exceptional and breathtaking when completed. When thinking about constructing a log home, there are four things that you must consider:
The type of logs to use
There are three types of logs that you can use; milled, hand-hewn, or scribed. Milled logs are operated on tools to make them similar to each other. they are usually; square, round, rectangular or ‘D’ shaped. Stacking and joining them is very easy and the result is usually almost perfect. They are popularly made from pine and cedar trees, and they are kiln-dried to adjust their moisture content.
Hand hewn logs are handcrafted to recreate the look and feel of a vintage home. They take time to produce and can be delivered peeled or cut. Once they are stacked against each other, the spaces between them is closed, in a process called chinking.
Scribed logs are crafted with hands also, but do not require chinking. Instead, the space where two logs come into contact with each other once stacked is traced and the area removed with a saw. Their length is generally maintained as that of the natural tree.
The layout plan of your log home
Log houses are elaborate, thus they need to be well outlined to guide their construction and also evaluate the other elements required like their cost, materials, etc. You can choose to either acquire the designs from an architect or look for models that impress you and work with them. One benefit of consulting an architect is that he or she can supervise the development as well. If you do not have an architect to oversee the building, the staff you hire must be experts in the area to ensure you get what you are looking for.
The amount of money you are willing to spend
The size of your home, type of logs you choose to use, and intensity of labor you need will influence the amount of money you will spend on your log home. Also, if you will hire an architect design or supervise the project, your costs will go higher relatively. Be open about your budget with your architect to ensure that he or she designs a log home that you can afford.
The construction site
The land where you want to build your log home can either be rural or urban. Ensure that you confirm with your county government the respective licenses you will need for the structure. Based on the utilities around you, make arrangements for any additional amenities you will need like boreholes, electricity, etc.