The Perfect Log Cabin... Under Construction
Discover the inner workings of log home building, with progress shots of the build at Loch Rannoch which shows some good progress this week of building. We all love seeing the final result of a finely built log house, but don't you wonder how such an amazing structure is built and the steps along the way? We'll take you through some of the process so you can learn a little bit more about log home building. Building a handcrafted log house is quite a technique, and for most of the people building log houses today, it's been a time honoured procedure that has been passed down and taught throughout the ages. The most common type of log house construction is known as Scandinavian Scribe Fit or a Full Scribe. This is the type of log home or cabin we think of when we imagine the classic, traditional log house. But, the designs of these beautiful structures have come a long way since the days of cabins that resembled dark caves. Now, log house designs are bright, open spaces with soaring ceilings and plenty of windows, much like the log house being built in the photos you see here.
As you see in the progress shots of the house, there will be no shortage of natural light in this house with all of the large windows they have implemented. If you have ever been inside a log house or cabin, you know that the interior can be quite dark, which may have been okay in earlier years, but not in this day. People want natural light in their home, so of course, this is achieved only by adding more windows. The natural light entering into the space not only provides illumination inside the house, the warmth of the sun also provides some heat in the house which can cut heating bills. People like the idea of cutting back on their use of electricity not only for the cost, but because it also means that we will have a lower carbon footprint, which is appealing to everyone in this day and age. Scribe fit log house construction also helps to cut down on heating because of how tightly the logs fit together, creating an airtight seal which holds the warm air in during the cold months. So how do they go about doing this?
The process of building a log house is quite extensive, which is why building them requires a lot of building knowledge and experience. The process of stacking the logs consists of the builders accurately marking, or scribing the logs so they can be cut precisely. The precision of the cut on the lower part of the upper log, will ensure a super tight fit to the log beneath it. They use a tool called a scriber that looks like a drawing compass, only larger. The scriber is used to draw a perfectly level line that is a match to the edge of the log below. Once the log is marked properly and the line is checked over, then the cutting happens. Usually, they will take a chainsaw and make vertical cuts into the wood along the line and then knock out the wood pieces with a hammer and chisel the notch or groove until it's nice and smooth. The logs will then fit perfectly together, usually with some gasketing between them, which is a thermal barrier. As you can see in the photos of the Caledonia log house, they have also added extra insulation so that it stays extra warm inside. For more cool log house photos check out the work of fine craftsmen at the Caledonia Log Homes Facebook page.***
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