November 2, 2009
Bad Building Weather is Good Planning Weather!
Winter weather is on its way (here in the mountains of British Columbia, at
least). But this is the perfect time to start planning for building a new home next
As a TLC newsletter subscriber, you have the opportunity of special pricing, and
this month we are offering a 15% discount off of the current log shell list price for our
the Birch Bay. (See below for details).
This Month's Featured Design
Windows and decks galore...take full advantage of the view and nature
The Log Connection introduces another brand new design. The
is a traditional family home that features space and luxury in abundance, with several log truss gable ends,
a convenient attached garage, and an inviting covered entry porch.
Entry foyer from dining room
Adjoining the vaulted entry
foyer are separate living and dining rooms, with a grand vaulted family room
located at the rear.
The huge gourmet kitchen features a pantry, island, wall oven, eating bar, and pass-through
to the keeping room, all adjoined by a cozy breakfast nook with a bay window
and a french door to the rear deck.
Also boasting a bay window is the master bedroom, with a full five piece ensuite
bathroom and walk in closet.
Grand vaulted family room
Huge gourmet kitchen
Master suite with bay window
Convenient rear deck
At $193,150 US for the log shell package, this is a dream home
that is not out of reach.
As with all our designs, you can customize the basement
plan by adding more bedrooms, a games room...the options are endless.
Remember, as a newsletter subscriber you are eligible for an automatic
15% discount off this price!
If you proceed with a design agreement and deposit
before the end of November, your price for the
Birch Bay log shell will be an even more affordable
a saving of $28,972.
Money saved is money earned!
for November only:
Log Home Construction Close Up
The Nature of the Log: Wood Species
The very first step in building a log home is selecting the logs themselves.
The most prized logs for log home building come from trees growing at high elevations in cooler climates, where slower growth rates
mean tighter annual growth rings, resulting in a higher structural value.
The actual wood species used depends a lot on location, because certain tree species grow in certain climates and geographic areas.
For instance in our area of the world (western Canada) the most common species for log homes are Douglas Fir, Englemann Spruce, Lodgepole Pine, and Western Red Cedar.
Stacked Log Walls of Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is a very strong wood with a rich reddish heartwood and straight grain.
Due to its high strength and its good resistance to mildew and fungus, Douglas Fir is a perfect choice for both wall logs and beams and joists.
Many log home companies (the Log Connection included) prefer to use Douglas Fir for
beams and key structural posts.
For full stacked walls it is slightly more expensive than Engelmann Spruce,
plus its extra weight may make transportation costs slightly higher.
Also, since it is very dense it does not provide as much insulating value as a similar sized log of spruce or cedar.
Stacked Log Walls of Engelmann Spruce
The main advantages of Engelmann
Spruce are its bright color, large diameter, and minimal
taper. Its color allows it to take a light colored
finish which on a full stacked log home considerably
brightens the interior while still allowing the wood
texture to show through. It is also ideal for stacked
log homes because the species'
lighter weight provides more
insulation and may lower shipping costs.
The main disadvantage of spruce is its low structural strength, which limits its usability for roof and upper floor beams.
Also it is important to protect this species from weather by both good roof overhang design and regular maintenance of the finish.
Stacked Log Walls of Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar has a reddish to dull brown heartwood.
It is very resistant to decay, and features generally straight grain with uniform texture.
Other advantages are low shrinkage and light weight, plus
a pleasant natural aroma.
Currently cedar is significantly more expensive than either Douglas Fir or Englemann Spruce.
Also, cedar is moderately soft and provides low strength when used as beams, so (as noted above) we recommend Douglas Fir for roof and upper floor beams.
Visually, the two species complement each other especially when finished similarly.
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Thank you and have a great month!
President, The Log Connection