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Why build a log home?

To be specific: If you build a house out of logs, then you use just that - logs. We do not machine, plank, turn or cut the logs.

Logs are probably one of the only truly renewable resources available for building.

Log homes have a natural aesthetic appeal and relaxed feeling inside and also blend in with the enviroment in a way that no other houses do.

It does not require any energy to convert it into useable material. Solid, unmachined logs have a natural flowing grain structure which gives it strength and resistance to moisture penetration and beetles.

Solid log homes have a very long lifespan, with minimal maintenance if built correctly.

Log homes have been around for thousands of years, throughout Eastern and Western Europe and during the last 300 years they have been built in other countries by expatriats from these cold regions.

Greensted church in Essex, England is built out of oak logs in the mid 9th-11th century and still holds regular services in part of the original log structure, testament to the durability of log structures, still standing 1000 years later!

The thick walls make excellent insulation, one only has to think of log homes in Sweden or Canada in winter snow to realise how good the insulation factor is, therefore your home stays a comfortable temperature all year, which saves energy, environmental pollution and money.

A few simple concepts including architecture are used to preserve buildings, which don't involve poisonous chemicals.

No part of the log is wasted when building a log home. Even the off cuts can be used to heat the house if necessary.

Butt and Pass log homes require almost no maintenance.

No special skills are required to build a Butt and Pass log home.

An important distinction must be made between log homes and timber frame buildings.

The average log home uses less timber than an equivalent sized timber frame house, due to there being no losses due to milling and processing. Depending on the processes used, some timber mills recover as little as 25% of a log when it is milled.

Milling logs into planks and kiln drying and treating them to build a timber framed house is not only wasteful, but requires a huge amount of energy and toxic chemicals.

Timber frames homes tend to have a short life span of 25-35years (incidentally, just long enough to pay off the mortgage) it's not the timber that gives up, but the fixatives which hold them together, which means that the planets resources have to be consumed over and over again.

It is far better to build a home that is designed to last hundreds of years, then many generations can use that home without costing the earth.

All of this will be covered in detail on the course.




South African Log Home

Builders Association

Teaching people to build their own quality mortage free log homes.