Sometimes 'log homes' are not log homes. It is important to understand the difference.
Often, building or buying a house is one of the biggest personal investments that a person makes in their lifetime. If you are considering employing a contractor to build your home, I advise you to attend my course well beforehand so that you will know if the contractor is being up-front and honest with you.
The course fee will most likely be the smallest but most important investment in the entire project.
I cannot stress this enough, there are contractors that do not necessarily have your best interests at heart and will tell you anything that they think you want to hear.
Without having a full understanding of this construction technique, how will you know whether they are doing a good job or not? In the end, it is your money, as the home owner, you are going to personally pay for any mistakes, errors or failures.
Comparing apples with apples
I would like to point out that there is an important difference between 'Genuine solid log homes' and 'Timber homes' or 'timber frame homes', even if a company claims to build 'Log homes', they are often building 'timber homes'.
Why they do this? I don't know...maybe having 'solid log' rather than 'solid plank' or just 'plank' in their name just sounds better?
Maybe 'Solid timber plank homes' just does not have the same ring to it.
A log is the trunk of a tree, 'in the round', before it is processed into timber, or dimensional lumber.
The tree is felled, the logs go to a sawmill, gets sawn up into planks, joists, beams --call it what you like, as soon as it goes through a sawmill, it is no longer a log, it is now timber or lumber.
Some well known manufacturers claim to use a 'HEAVY SOLID LOG SYSTEM', in reality their buildings look like the typical timber home picture below.
The easiest way to tell what type of construction they use is to look at the corners of their buildings, usually found in a picture gallery on their website.