Its Personal! Choosing to Live in a Log Home

in Real Estate

It was love at first sight! Over ten years ago, when we drove into the driveway of the log home, my client, after several visits to houses throughout the area, found her dream. The rich, deep auburn color of the logs inside and out, the mountain resort feeling that whispered, “retreat” sealed the relationship. It was personal.

And so it is with log home owners. Maybe its the scent of fresh cut pine or other wood, the emphasis on natural materials or the idea of owning a home “closer” to nature but with today’s features that draws some to this unique style of construction.

The types of log homes range from manufactured to hand crafted log construction, and the number of companies offering log homes seems limitless. According to the Log Home Council, National Association of Home Builders, there are over 26,000 log homes built every year and the majority of these homes are the owners’ main residence.

Building a log home is similar to stick-frame homes when it comes to doing your homework. Invest the time to research the type of construction you want, the company you buy from, the quality of materials used and where they are coming from, as well as testimonials of people who have purchased the homes. I’ve listed several resources at the bottom of this entry where you can link into additional information.

Local contractor Randy Edwards built a Lincoln Log Homes International residence here in Martin in 2006. Randy says the home was hand-constructed with each log being placed individually. It took five months to build. The home’s exterior shell is completely logs, and the home’s plan name is The Waco. It features warm and natural pine log exterior walls with a mixture of traditional and log home interiors. When asked about the benefits to a home owner, Randy highlighted energy efficiency and maintenance. The walls have an insulation factor of R-40. “The finished, sheet rock walls in the home are built on top of the log walls adding to the energy efficiency.” Randy said. If you need more information about the construction of this type of home, you can contact me or email Randy at: RBTS1@msn.com.

For other facts and information, link into these websites.

Fast Facts: Log Homes and www.loghomes.com

Different Types of Log Home Construction

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