During the planning phase of building your log home, you will have many important decisions to make. The most important one is what type of log home you are going to build. Here’s an overview of each different styles of log home and things to consider.
Milled Log Homes
Milled Log Homes are made from logs that have been put through a saw mill, lathe or planer to make them the desired shape or profile. The logs are cut to a uniform diameter, making them one of the most popular log home designs due to their consistency and uniformity.
Swedish Cope Homes
Swedish Cope Homes use a different style of milled log. Unlike milled logs, Swedish cope logs are still round. They have been coped at the bottom and milled to give it a uniform size.
Timber Frame Homes
Timber Frame Homes create a visually dramatic effect, which people often described as cathedral-like. The beauty and warmth of the wood is highlighted in the interior design.
A timber frame home is built from large timber components that form the structure of the home. This means there is no need for interior load bearing walls. A timber frame home uses vertical posts and horizontal beams, which then connect to form the framework of the house.
Handcrafted Log Homes
Handcrafted Log Homes are chosen for their more traditional, rustic look. Unlike milled and Swedish Cope log homes, each log is hand-peeled with a draw knife, hand scribed, chiseled and cut with chain saws to form a perfect fit to the log below.
During the assembly, expert woodworkers ensure the log walls will remain tight throughout the natural seasoning and settling process. The logs are then inspected to ensure they meet strict quality standards. Once they are inspected, the logs are marked carefully according to the construction plan then disassembled and shipped directly to your location for reassembly. The final result is a traditional home with a natural, rustic look.
Hybrid Homes are becoming widely popular because they combine different styles. Typically a hybrid home has a stick-based structure with timber or logs elements, which are most commonly found in the living room.