Receiving a Quote for Your Custom Log Home

Hey, thanks for checking out our website. We are excited that you’re looking at building a log home.

As you may have noticed we are a little different than other log home companies. Rather than “pitching” you and making a hard sell, we want to help educate you on the best options when it comes to building your dream home. We want you to learn about the different log home styles, designs and types of wood so that you can be confident you are getting a home you will love.

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How does a log home retain the heat?

How does a log home retain the heat?

Have you ever wondered how a log home retains the heat? This article will share with you the ABC’s of building a warm and cozy log home.

Logs are one of the best types of insulation for a home. They have their own energy efficient insulating factor. How it works is the timbers will absorb the warm air throughout the day and release it as the night gets cooler. This is similar to how rock walls retain and release heat as well. This helps to keep your home at a cooler temperature during the day and warmer at night. We’ve written an article breaking down how log homes are insulated.

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6 Key Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Home Builder

When it comes to hiring a custom home builder to help you build your dream home, you want to make sure that you get the right team to help you. We have all heard terrible stories of projects not being completed to standards; or, even worse, not finished at all. Hiring a builder is a big investment so you want to make sure you cover all your bases and ask the right questions. Here are 6 key questions to ask before hiring a home builder. Read more

How to Choose the Right Roof for Your Log Home

When it comes to selecting the perfect roof to complete your custom log home there are many options. Whether you’re looking for inexpensive simple roofing or an extravagant one-of-a-kind style, the choices are endless. The decision typically comes down to the style of your log home, location and budget. We suggest speaking with your log home builder or general contractor to help you make this decision so that you don’t have any surprises in the future. A leaky roof is one of the worst problems a homeowner can have so you want to make sure it’s done right the first time.Read more

What is included in a log home package?

If you are looking to build a log home, you’ll soon find out that every company has their own version of “log home package”. It’s important to know exactly what you’re getting and what it means. In this article we will walk you through exactly what comes with each of our log home packages.

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Advantages of Buying Your Log Home in Canada

Are you exploring options for building a new log home or cabin? Building log homes in Canada has always been a big draw for not only people living in Canada, but around the world. Regardless of where you live, there are many advantages to consider when purchasing a log home from Canada. You may be wondering what the benefits are for purchasing a log home in Canada compared to buying one locally—great question!

We know that you can find great log home builders anywhere in the world but here are some of the advantages to choosing Canadian log homes. Read more

How Are Log Homes Insulated?

Log House gasket 1This may not come as a surprise but not every log home is built the same. So to ensure you home is well insulated there are some key things you will want to talk about as your home is being built.

The timber for your log home should be carefully chosen for durability, aesthetics, and R-Value (resistance to heat flow). The higher the R-Value is, the better insulating the wood. Softwoods like cedar, pine and fir provide better insulation than hardwood. Logs are able to store heat throughout the day and release it through the cooler night, requiring less energy to heat your home and creating a very warm and cozy feeling at night. The heat storage quality of log walls creates a fluctuating R-Value, though it is generally a little lower on average than in traditionally built walls, log homes can provide better insulation in some climates than your conventionally framed home.Read more

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

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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