We Think You Should Consider When Having a Log Home Constructed
should conform to the latest 'Log Building Standards' as developed
by the International
Log Builders' Association.
- Developing a
set of guidelines and specifications when sending your plans for bidding can
help you to compare 'apples to apples' - who is doing what, when, and how.
This way you can feel confident and informed in selecting a log home builder.
- Consider having
a log builder involved in the conceptual and early planning stages of your
building to ensure that your building can indeed be constructed, and to aid
in a smooth and efficient planning process.
- Have an expandable
foam gasket installed (e.g. Emseal) in your corner notches and lateral grooves
to stop air infiltration.
- In 'full
scribe' buildings, have your builder 'overscribe' the lateral groove
to get the tightest fitting logs for the long term.
- ALL log
buildings and the logs that they are constructed with are subject to 'shrinkage,'
'settling,' and 'compression of fibers'. There must be allowances
made for these conditions!! To not make these allowances is a mistake and
an example of poor building practice.
- Get references
on past work performed by the prospective log crafter, and view their buildings
for yourself if possible. At the very least, you should try to speak with
the different parties involved (owner, architect, general contractor) to find
out how the process went - did people do what they said they would do, and
was everything done in a timely manner?
We realize that
these points may be somewhat vague and technical, but we feel that it is in
your best interest to educate yourself and the people you are working with in
the planning and construction of your project. In doing so, we feel that you
will be better able to attain the finest building possible, while at the same
time having it be a pleasant and memorable experience.