How Energy Efficient are Log Homes?

Perhaps you are considering a log house for your family home or as a vacation retreat. One of the questions that we are often asked is are log homes energy efficient?  Log homes tend to be known for having that comfortable, warm homey feeling but you want to make sure that it isn’t going to break the bank for you to heat it. So there are a couple of things that you will want to consider.

The energy efficiency of your finished log home will depend on the building materials, actual log diameter, the thickness of the framed walls, and the size and location of your structure. Read more

Pioneers of Log Homes

851A2368In 1973, at the ripe old age of 19, Rob Littler, founder of Artisan Log Homes bought a piece of land in Northern B.C, and a log building book by B. Allan Mackie. Some thought he was crazy, but he had a vision of becoming a builder of pioneer log homes. He soon had a permit to fell some local trees on crown land, bought a 1947 Dodge Power Wagon and went to work. It took a couple of years and some pioneering initiatives until one of his first ever pioneer log homes ever came to fruition.  In true spirit of pioneer log homes, Rob fell the trees within a small radius of his land, skidded them down the trails and proceeded to cut them by axe and an old heavy chainsaw. He also rigged up a high line to lift the logs into place.

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Wisconsin Log Homes: A Home Owners Dream

Recently Artisan Log Homes of BC had the privilege in exporting a Western Red Cedar Post and Beam log home to Wisconsin.  This Wisconsin log home was designed and built in British Columbia, Canada using the finest Western Red Cedar available.  The homeowners, who grew up in Northern Wisconsin, contacted Artisan Log Homes in 2012 with their ideas, log home sketches and a dream to build a Post and Beam log home on their family’s homestead.  After about 3 months of designing, their dream log home in Wisconsin was getting closer to reality.

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Bringing the Outdoors In

Murray Arnott, from Murray Arnott Design, had a great post the other day on design elements that can bring more of the outdoors into the interior of your custom log home. He graciously allowed us to post his ideas here on our blog:

Our connection to the earth is an obvious one.  Yet many of us live our lives and design our homes so that we are anything but connected to nature.  We might leave an air conditioned office through a underground garage, drive home in an air conditioned automobile, park in a heated garage, come into the house directly without feeling the outside air on our face, without smelling a natural fragrance.  I have been very lucky in that I have lived in many homes with wonderful settings:  views of gardens, forests, mountains or oceans.  I work at home, with large windows opening up to beautiful maple trees and often eat my lunches under their shade.  But, I too often spend an entire day inside without ever stepping into the outside air.

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