Log Homes around the Bellingham WA and Whatcom County Area
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Log homes have been used in many locations flourishing with easily accessible tree, from the frontier cabins to present day abodes. Not only are they resourceful, but also are splendid in appearance and efficient in storing heat. Sometimes fortunately, other times not so much, log houses can very just as easily as other types of houses, such as in the wood used, the price rang of the wood, the insulation of the wood, and, though unforgettable, the unparalleled beauty.
If one ever decides to construct a log home, he would have to determine his wood species to use. In such a scenario, two are commonly used. The first is the Eastern White Pine. The Eastern White Pine is responsible for the “camping” feeling in a home. It’s a creamy, tan color and is remarkably sturdy in defending a house. This species, replete in knots, can also enhance the feeling of “camping”. Another useful addition is its capability of being stained in almost any color because of its white shade and fails to warp easily.
The second most popular tree species constructed in log homes is the Western Red Cedar. In the scientific family of Cupressaceae, it runs darker than Eastern White Cedar, hence its name. This wood is typically more expensive, though in exchange has some convincing benefits. For one, all cedars are insect resistant, creating unique advantage over other woods. Secondly, it possesses a rich figured grain and the knots are smaller and less concentrated together than white pine. Though these two types aren’t the only wood used, virtually any good-sized tree species wood work. Many other different kinds are used too. Besides wood benefits, prices affect the buyer just as much as the wood.
Wood homes, by one calculation, are approximately fifteen percent more expensive than a conventional home. Four standard series form the pricing of log homes: craftsman, tradesman, cabin, and recreational. Craftsman can reach from $50,000 to almost $300,000 and is signatured by its open architectural post and beam-style roof and loft idea. Next, designed to be the least expensive by taking the best effectiveness of dimensional material, is the tradesman series. It spans $40,000 up to just about $200,000. Proceeding the tradesman is the cabin series. Taking you back to Little House of the Prairie, it appears as the classic, knotty, and rustic sort of log home. Strange as it may seem, it’s actually priced less than tradesman, from low as $30,000 through $70,000. Last is the recreational series. Being the lowest of all in price, it makes this fact by abiding with simple four-times-eight logs. It costs no more than $40,000 and as less as $20,000. Despite it sometimes being expensive, keeping a log home warm can save money and possibly pay for itself.
R-value equals the measurement of thermal resistance; the strength of how well an object retains its heat. In relation to wood, its R-value is around 1.41 per inch. Therefore, a reliable six-inch softwood log has an R-Value fragments over eight.
In perspective of conventional wood stud walls with three and-a-half inches of insulation, sheathing, and wallboard, the R-value levels at R-14. Nonetheless, wooden logs can reach much thicker widths than stud walls, creating a rivaling R-value.
Air dried logs can still contain up to twenty percent water during construction, yet after a year or two, it slowly dries completely, resulting in a problem: shrinking logs. Air leaks are devastating when trying to conserve heat, and end up as nasty nuisances. To counter this, people have learned to se
ason the wood for as much as six months before used as building material. Also, people have discovered the best wood to use in avoiding these scenarios: cedar, spruce, pine, fir, and larch. Picking one of these is one of the rudimentary choices for building a log home.
In the construction process, wooden logs can be in the “D” shape, round, or square. A timber framing is required to hold the house together; this idea traced its original back to Greece, being a very Hellenistic style in architecture. One organization of lying the logs down is the Scandinavian Full-Scribe, or the “chinkless method”. The builders use the wood’s natural
geometry, excluding a small crescent cut at the bottom in order for the log below to fit nicely, and simply stack each log into making a wall.
Log homes, as back from the past one may look, are still appealing, satisfactory, and desired. No wonder we used them in the forest frontier!
This article was written exclusively for DigLynden Tree Service by Ryan Kelly and edited by DigLynden.
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