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 gives a home a rustic feel, which is the trend nowadays and with the perfect d?cor and lighting to match it, you can achieve a home that you will never feel like leaving. One of the best wood designs you can incorporate for your home today is logs. They are very artistic and make a home unique and magnificent when all is done. When thinking about constructing a log home, there are four things that you must consider:
The kinds of logs to utilize
Logs come in three different categories; milled, hand-hewn, or scribed. Milled logs are passed through a machine to make them uniform. they are usually; square, round, rectangular or ‘D’ shaped. They are easy to stack and have a near precision joinery. They are mostly derived from pine and cedar trees, and are kiln-dried to reduce the moisture in them.
Hand hewn logs are developed using hands to enhance their look and feel of a vintage home. They take time to craft and can be provided either chopped or peeled. Once they are stacked against each other, the spaces between them is closed, in a process called chinking.
Scribed logs are developed with hands too, and they are not chinked. 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.
Your home’s design
A log home is quite sophisticated and requires to be designed first to provide a guide and determine some other aspects like cost and appropriate material type. You can either consult an architect to design the home for you or you can go with preferred plans you have seen elsewhere. The best thing about dealing with architects is that they can double up as supervisors for the project. 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 cost of the home’s construction
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. Again, if you will require the home designed by an architect or the construction overseen by an architect, your prices will shoot further. Make sure you alert your architect about the amount you are willing to spend so that they can plan a home whose that you can fund.
The location of your site
The area where you intend to develop your home can either be in rural or urban regions. Check with your county authorities what permits you need before setting up your home. Also, consider what amenities you will need to add to your home, for example, an entrance roadway, electricity, etc. depending on its proximity to various utilities.