Please Note: Although It Looks Otherworldly, This House Was Made by Man
Now and then you come across a home like this Log Home 142, and you start to dream about what life would be like if you owned a rustic log cabin like the one in the photo. You could live in this beautiful log home full-time or use it as a vacation getaway to spend time with family and friends. The log home is surrounded by forest and hills. A location where you could get in lots of hiking time and loads of fresh outdoor air. This home has all the log home features that we can't resist. Details like a covered front porch, log railings, exposed beams, dormers and an upstairs balcony. The front porch is one of the best spots, a place to enjoy your morning tea, and later in the day a place to relax.
When it comes to log home designs and plans, there are a more to choose from then ever before. With names like handcrafted log homes, milled log homes, hewn log homes and sawn log homes. A handcrafted log home is typically made from logs that have been hand peeled and look relatively the same as they did as trees; this is a great look if you prefer the rustic look of log homes. Then you have milled log homes that are log homes built with logs that have been run through a manufacturing process which makes the logs the same in size and appearance. Hewn log cabins use logs that have been hewn simply by an axe to create an oval, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular section. Then sawn log homes, are logs that are sawn to a standard width, but with their original heights. Handcrafted log houses have a bit of history, as these are the log homes that have been built for centuries in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. Handcrafted log homes were typically built using just an axe and a knife. The Scandinavian settlers of New Sweden brought the craft of handcrafting log homes to North America in the early 18th century, where it was quickly adopted by other colonists and Native Americans.
Log cabins and log homes also have something that known as thermal mass. What this means is that logs that are used in a log home build can store and hold the transfer of heat. This is also a property of stone and metal. So this feature makes wood very energy efficient, and there is a good chance it will save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Wood also has a natural insulating ability. So the thermal mass of a log allows it to absorb heat during the warmest part of the day and then return it to the log home during the cooler night. Thermal mass also means that the heat that is collected during the day won't be transferred through the wall. Living in a log cabin or a log home is a healthy home to live in. Years ago, I lived in a log cabin, and without a doubt, I have never slept better than I did while I lived there. There is something about log homes, located in a natural location that is good for both your health and mind.It goes to show that when it comes to log homes, you will want to do your research and see what works best for you. You'll want to know which type of log home style and design suits your preferences, and what sort of log home maintenance you are looking at. Look around, and talk to people who own a log home. You will also find plenty of log home resources and information in books and on the internet. Do your homework, you will be glad you did, and that way you can also ask plenty of questions when you do talk to different log home manufacturers.