April 1, 2010
April Showers bring...an exciting new design?
In the great tradition of the first day of the fourth month, we would like to announce our newest design:
a four-storey model, for those who like lots of stairs!
Well, maybe we would like to, but we won't.
At right is an illustration of the famous Log Skyscraper, located in our neighboring territory
to the north, the historic Yukon.
(Please note: currently we do not have any standard designs that feature four storeys of logs. Or even three.)
Visit the log skyscaper web site
This Month's Featured Design
combines classic chalet style with a wrap-around porch perfect for a sloping site.
The extensive deck is accessed by two pairs of french doors from the living area.
Great room, with french doors to deck
A dramatic stone fireplace punctuates the windowed front gable of the vaulted great room.
This compact efficient design has no lack of space, with two bedrooms and a full bathroom on the main floor.
The gorgeous kitchen features an L-shaped island and loads of counter space.
The fireplace and stair rise in the vaulted great room, leading to a wide loft and the master suite upstairs with its own balcony.
Entry side access to wrap around porch
Also on the main floor is a complete master suite with vaulted ceilings throughout.
Upstairs features a study and third bedroom.
Log Home Construction Close Up
Different Styles of Log & Timber Homes
Stacked Log Walls
This is probably the style most people think of when they hear the term "log home".
However, The building methods implemented today are considerably more technical than that of the historical
log cabin homes (gray weathered) seen scattered around the nation.
A stacked log home features main floor walls which consist entirely of logs, stacked horizontally
on top of each other, typically up to the beginning of the roof structure.
The logs serve as the structural support, the exterior and interior finish materials,
and superior insulation--all in one.
At the Log Connection, each wall is entirely hand crafted with full length logs scribed and stacked
to a standard height of around 10'-6" (3.2 m).
During the stack we employ careful details and components to ensure these log walls remain tight
throughout the natural seasoning and settling process.
Due to settling considerations, the Log Connection prefers upper floor gable walls
and dormers consist of log posts infilled with conventionally framed walls.
Stacked log home
Round Log Post and Beam
Round log post and beam basically utilizes vertical log posts rather than horizontally stacked logs
for the main floor structure.
The upper structure consists of log joists, beams, and roof purlins.
Post and beam homes do not have the design limitations found that stacked log packages have due to settling.
Without those rigid design guidelines, the door is open for architectural expression and award winning
Posts are prepared from Douglas Fir, Engelmann Spruce or Western Red Cedar.
Each post is milled flat on the side, and the space between them is infilled with conventional framed walls,
completing the weather tight envelope.
At each location of a stud wall, the posts are grooved to receive the wall coverings.
(Drywall and/or Sheathing).
Traditionally, each horizontal log is a structural beam that will support a dimensional framing member.
These beams are hand crafted from large diameter Douglas Fir for the superior strength and stunning beauty.
The beams are milled flat and grooved as required to accept floor and wall framing.
Post and beam homes are an increasingly popular alternative to the stacked log building style.
The natural character of the hand crafted logs combined with the finishing flexibility and endless
selection of finishing material choices complement any personal finishing style.
Round log post and beam shell re-assembly
Though each piece is more labor intensive, a post and beam structure typically costs less than a
stacked log building, because it require less volume of logs.
Timber Frame Homes
Timber frame is a style with a rich history in traditional homes and farm buildings,
but is more popular than ever with those who want a unique and striking home.
Structurally timber frame is similar to the round log post and beam style, where the entire structure
consists of posts and beams, and the weather envelope is completed by framed walls.
However visually it is quite different, as the natural irregularities of the log are removed
when it is cut to a square shape.
A traditional Timber Frame consists of a series of "bents", which are complete sections of the
timber frame much like a large truss, typically rising to a vaulted peak.
The bents are cross connected by beams and purlins to form a complete structural frame.
All connections are typically mortise and tenon, in which two wood pieces are shaped to fit each other,
secured by hardwood dowels or pegs. Structural stability and resistance to "racking" (sideways twisting)
is achieved using similarly connected smaller braces, which may be curved for visual effect.
The timber frame is typically placed inside the frame walls, which leaves all this structural
detail visible from the inside but totally conceals it from the outside.
Finished vaulted timber frame
Fusion Log Building
For those who like to have the best of both worlds, the Fusion style is becoming quite popular.
Fusion style is a combination of two or more of other styles, most commonly stacked log walls
with round log post and beam highlighted by timber framing accents.
In the picture on the right, the log posts will eventually sit upon three wall rounds of stacked logs.
The knee braces connecting the posts and the overhanging beams are a typical
timber frame style detail which will add even more character to the home.
Infill frame walls, sitting on top of the stacked logs and between the log posts,
will complete the weather envelope.
Flare butt ends
These oversized knee braces will look just right when combined with the rounds of flare butt wall logs.
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Thank you and have a great month!
President, The Log Connection