A full scribe log home is a traditional log style home where the logs are stacked together horizontally to form the walls. Each log has a hand-cut groove cut into its underside so it can be fit and secured to the log below. Full scribe log homes offer amazing energy-efficient thermal characteristics while the physical mass can withstand anything Mother Nature can throw at it.
There are no real limitations when it comes to building a full scribe log home. We have built log homes ranging in size from 800 square feet to well over 10,000 square feet. We will help to ensure that your new house is designed in a fashion that can be built efficiently as well as effectively.
Depending on the location of your home, we may also recommend certain logs for the construction. If you are located in a very damp environment or one that is known for wood-boring insects, we would recommend western red cedar logs, for example.
When full scribe log homes are gasketed properly and hand-fit together with “over-scribed” notches, they are considered to be very energy efficient. Currently the B.C. log home industry is working on documentation to support these claims.
Advantages of a full scribe log home
- The strong structure can withstand almost anything that Mother Nature can throw at it. (Check out this testimonial from Hurricane Ike in Texas)
- Full scribe log homes can be reassembled very quickly on your foundation since all the logs have already been pre-fit in our log yard prior to shipping.
- Little framing is required for a custom full scribe log home. Because all exterior and some interior walls are made solely of logs, there will be less need of traditional framed 2×6 walls.
- Because the log walls are solid and considered the finished product, there is no need for siding, insulation or drywall.
- Building a full scribe log home can take anywhere from 1-4 months, depending on the design.
- Re-assembly of a full scribe log home can take 1-4 days.
Disadvantages of a full scribe log home
- During the first few years the logs will need to settle. As they dry, the diameter of the logs shrinks and special care must be taken and adjustments made to maintain tight-fitting joinery. This requires the owner to adjust the house as it settles.
- Trades such as plumbing, electrical and finishing carpentry require special procedures to finish the house.
- Traditionally, full scribe log homes are the most expensive to build due to the added labor and logs needed.
Artisan will supply you with a “how-to” manual to assist you with the final steps of your log home.