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A log house is still not a common thing, and if you decide to buy or build one there are several factors to consider.
But first I'll show you a little of mine.
What is unusual about this home is the log construction itself. This home is designed by Hearthstone Homes and uses a type of construction first seen in Kentucky in the 1700's. The logs do not contact one another but rather have a four inch space between them with spacer blocks between them. The gap is filled with insulation and closed inside and out with masonite filler strips. These gaps are where many of the wires are run to outlets and light switches.
|The purpose of the gaps is most likely to save on the
number of logs used in the construction of the house. In the 1700's each
log was a lot of work to cut and haul to the house site, and it was easy
enough to fill the gaps with chinking which was simply mud and straw mixed
and packed into the gaps. In this photo you can see the masonite strips
above and below the log, which is 6 inch thick by 10 inch high. The ends
are cut at certain angles to keep the logs locked together and seal them.
There are many misconceptions about log homes, and unfortunately, the notions cause the homes to be difficult to finance and sometimes to insure.