The Secrets of Post-And-Beam Log Home Building

This Colorado "Rocky Mountain Post and Beam Log Home" shows logs in a different light. Log homes have evolved in the last few years, to the point where logs constitute just part of the look. The logs may be structural or added to establish or reinforce the desired look.

This log home is an excellent example of how logs and other materials can be combined to create a dramatic luxury home. Rather than stacking the logs, the logs are joined to provide post and beam support. This construction method allowed for the use of large diameter logs that give a rustic feel, but without overwhelming the smaller living spaces with full log walls. The logs used for the post and beam support were peeled and lathed to uniform diameters, then hand notched to fit together tightly. The primary logs used in this log home are Douglas fir, with some cedar character posts, evident mostly outside at the entry and to support the striking metal roof. Stonework is also used prominently in this design. Interior drywall provides brightness, with help from the large windows, and complementary texture.

On this log home site you will find lots of plans on building your dream log home with; budget tips, from a mortgage affordability calculator to cost saving tips; design, log home tours, floor plan fundamentals, and log home design options; log home floor plans; build, log home building step by step, who to hire when building your log home, log home materials you can use and log home green building; furnish, log home decor and room ideas; maintain and log home companies. On this site you will find plenty of log home stories, inspirations and ideas to help you determine what it is you want in a log home. Some of the things you will find on this site include; Hillside Haven, a New York home interprets arts and crafts styling in logs; Riverfront retreat, a Montana timber log home; a contemporary timber home; gathering place, an Adirondacks lakeside retreat offers year round rest and recreation; living legacy, a Virginia home honors master log builder Don Chapman; paradise attained, a builder completes his hybrid log masterpiece in the Colorado Rockies; rustic meets modern, a Wisconsin couple creates a vacation retreat that is the perfect marriage of contemporary and rustic design; totem, it may be small but this guesthouse is big on style, spirit and sunshine; up at the lake, a Minnesota retreat hosts fun filled gatherings; the Natural, this log home is simple yet spectacular, one Montana retreat pairs no fuss design with low-maintenance materials and finishes and lots more.

Some of the different types of log home construction styles can include; Scandinavian Full Scribe, which is also known as the chinless method, is where naturally shaped, smoothly peeled logs that have been scribed and custom fitted to each other. The logs are notched where they overlap at the corners of the house, and there are several ways to notch the logs. The flat on flat method of log home building, is where the logs are flattened on the top and the bottom and then they are stacked on top of each other. Milled log houses are constructed with a tongue and groove system of log home building which helps align one log to another, creating a system that in turn seals out the outdoor elements. The tight pinned butt and pass method, are when the logs are not notched or milled in any way.


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