How to Make Your Log Home Kitchen 100% Artistic and Unique

How to Make Your Log Home Kitchen 100% Artistic and Unique

Log homes, log cabins and log chalets have always been a popular choice of home, with a variety of styles, sizes, plans and designs to choose from to suit every taste. If you love log homes, you'll want to take a look at this "Artistic Log Home Kitchen."

There are so many ways to make your log home kitchen artistic and unique. The kitchen and dining area are quite often the place where people hang out, and gravitate to. The artistic log home kitchens on this site have many different features, from exposed wood beams, exposed log beams, wooden cupboards, wood floors, large stone fireplaces, built in benches, built in side boards, unique large islands and more. The light fixtures chosen for the kitchen also make a difference in the overall look of the room. High ceilings and the use of windows also lend to the overall feeling of the room. Exposed log walls, or wood paneling on the walls can also change the feeling of the room.

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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