The Canadian Recipe for Outstanding Log Home Design

The Canadian Recipe for Outstanding Log Home Design

Logs and timber elements combine to take this "Wood to the Max" for a distinctive Ontario log home. This Ontario log home is a great example of the long log home tradition that Canada has had.

This log home features eastern white pine logs, hewn 8 by 12 inches square, with a rough finish on the outsides and smooth inside with tight fitting dovetail corners. The dovetailing is an interior highlight as well, providing a focal point in every room of the log home. This log home incorporates elaborate timber framing inside and out that adds a wow factor, particularly at the rear of the home facing the swimming pool. Though this log home is modest in size at just 1,486 square feet on the main level and 1,486 square feet in the finished basement, it doesnt hold back on all the finishing touches and amenities, achievable because the homeowner built it himself.

On this log home site you will find lots of plans on building your dream log home with; budget tips, from a mortgage affordability calculator to cost saving tips; design, log home tours, floor plan fundamentals, and log home design options; log home floor plans; build, log home building step by step, who to hire when building your log home, log home materials you can use and log home green building; furnish, log home decor and room ideas; maintain and log home companies. On this site you will find plenty of log home stories, inspirations and ideas to help you determine what it is you want in a log home. Some of the things you will find on this site include; Hillside Haven, a New York home interprets arts and crafts styling in logs; Riverfront retreat, a Montana timber log home; a contemporary timber home; gathering place, an Adirondacks lakeside retreat offers year round rest and recreation; living legacy, a Virginia home honors master log builder Don Chapman; paradise attained, a builder completes his hybrid log masterpiece in the Colorado Rockies; rustic meets modern, a Wisconsin couple creates a vacation retreat that is the perfect marriage of contemporary and rustic design; totem, it may be small but this guesthouse is big on style, spirit and sunshine; up at the lake, a Minnesota retreat hosts fun filled gatherings; the Natural, this log home is simple yet spectacular, one Montana retreat pairs no fuss design with low-maintenance materials and finishes and lots more.

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.

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.

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