Are You Tired of Living in the City? Your Dream Forest House Is Just a Click Away.

Are You Tired of Living in the City? Your Dream Forest House Is Just a Click Away.

Log homes, log cabins and log chalets have always been a popular type of home, whether you build it yourself with a log cabin do it yourself kit, or hire a log home builder. If you like log homes, you'll want to take a look at this "Log Home With A Gathering Place."

All Phyllis and Steve Domnitz needed was a weeks vacation at Schroon Lake in New Yorks Adirondack Mountains to realize that this was where they wanted to build their vacation home. The Domnitzes were able to locate a 3/4-acre lot for sale on the lake. The log was already cleared and ready for building because the previous home had burnt down. Wanting to create a place where they and their extended family and friends could gather, the couple began their design with one of Country Log Homes standard floor plans. They made several revisions which started with making the second bedroom on the main level handicapped accessible to accommodate one family member who uses a wheelchair.

A log house (or log home) is structurally identical to a log cabin (a house typically made from logs that have not been milled into conventional lumber). The term log cabin is not preferred by most contemporary builders, as it generally refers to a smaller, more rustic log house such as a hunting cabin in the woods, or a summer cottage. Log construction was the most common building technique in large regions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Baltic states and Russia, where straight and tall coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce, were readily available. It was also widely used for vernacular buildings in Eastern Central Europe, the Alps, the Balkans and parts of Asia, where similar climatic conditions were present. In the warmer and more westerly regions of Europe, where deciduous trees were more dominant, timber framing was favoured instead.

Some of the different types of log homes can include; handcrafted, which are typically made of logs that have been peeled, but essentially unchanged from their original appearance as trees; hewn logs, logs that are hewn by an axe to an oval, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular section; sawn logs, logs that are sawn to a standard width, but with their original heights; milled (also known as machine profiled), made with a log house moulder, made with logs that have been run through a manufacturing process which then converts them into timbers which are consistent in size and appearance. Handcrafted log houses have been built for centuries in Scandinavia, Russia and Eastern Europe, and were typically built using only an axe and knife. The Scandinavian settlers of New Sweden brought the craft to North America in the early 18th century, where it was quickly adopted by other colonists and Native Americans. Possibly the oldest surviving log house in the United States is the C. A. Nothnagle Log House (circa 1640) in New Jersey.

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