Handcrafted Log Homes

Handcrafted Log Homes

Handcrafted log homes in North America date back to 1638. That is about the time that historians believe that log home construction began in the United States. Historically, log homes were a fast way to create a solid structure that is protected from both predators and the freezing winter temperatures. Log homes also made a great deal of sense considering the easy access to the building materials needed in their construction.

Over time the design elements and construction methods of log homes changed. Technology advancements brought on machines that could mill large volumes of logs, faster and more economical. This leads to beautiful Log homes however they had lost a great deal of the artistry and craftsmanship they were once known for. Traditionalist today prefer the individuality of Handcrafted log homes. Each home is truly a one and only.

Handcrafted construction means just what it implies. Each home is put together by hand, the logs are carefully selected and hand-hewed in such a way to preserve the natural features of the log. A great deal of time and effort go into each Handcrafted log home. Generally, there are three different styles to choose from for which size and shape become options. Those styles differentiate how the logs lay upon each other. You can select from Hand-hewn, Swedish Coped or Chinked style logs. The choice in style will change the look and feel of your home and it is purely a matter of preference.

Handcrafted Log Home by Pioneer Log Homes

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The simplest style is the Chinked Style of log home where no alterations are made to the log other than removing the bark. This style is prone to having caps between the logs. Chinking is a term used when the space between the logs is filled either with a natural or synthetic substance that adheres to the log and prevents water or air from passing through the gaps between each log.

Not every style of log homes requires chinking. Swedish Coped, which is another term for fully or double scribed log. Each log is hand scribed with a concave bottom, allowing the log to sit tightly atop of its adjoining log. Hand-hewn logs are different in the sense that the top and bottom of each log is planned flat allowing for a clean fit. Those three options alone open up the doors to an almost endless number of design elements.

Handcrafted Log Home Precision Craft

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Handcrafted versus Milled Logs Homes

A handcrafted log is handled by the craftsman throughout the entire process. That means that the bark is removed by hand using draw knife. The process adds an organic feel to the finished log with visible character flaws that add to the design of the home.

A milled log is processed through a mill where it is debarked and sized and shaped by machines, and often via an automated process. The result is a uniformity to the logs for both shape and size, creating a finished look that is either through sanding or planning. These logs are often milled on two surfaces giving the log a flat top and a flat bottom.

The big difference between a milled log and one that is hand hewn is that with the milled log, you lose the human touch. When a log is hand hewn the best characters of the log are preserved so that the finished log is unique, beautiful. That preservation of unique characteristics makes the finished home arguably more beautiful.

Due to the amount of personal effort and artistry that goes into a Handcrafted Log home, they are generally more expensive to build but the finished product is well worth the difference in cost.

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Log Home Builders

Log home builders use a variety of processes to build structurally sound log homes. Some offer log home kits that use 100 percent milled logs. Some offer log home packages that use handcrafted or milled logs or a mixture of both types of logs. Some offer naturally dry or kiln dried logs in their log home kits. So, which type of log home is best for you?

The answer to that question comes down to your preference, budget, and goals for your home. Some logs work well as milled timber while others are more suited to handcrafting. The species of tree is also important.

Log home builders take a great deal of pride when manufacturing and assembling a Handcrafted log home. They have carefully chosen each log and worked the wood by hand to protect the beauty of the log. Some even choose a large feature tree that provides support for the home’s structure but also carries a number of the personal characteristics of the family it’s being built for. A good example of that is Pioneer Log Homes in Williams Lake BC.

Grand Entrance

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Pioneer is likely the most well-known manufacturer of handcrafted log homes. They have been building handcrafted log homes for over 40 years and have built spectacular log homes for people from around the world. They are renowned for having large character logs and use primarily western red cedar in all of their homes. You can read more about Pioneer Log Homes here.

There are a large number of Handcrafted log home builders and who you choose will ultimately come down to personal choice. However, it is extremely important to make sure that whoever you choose has a solid reputation and an extensive resume with a large number of happy loyal clients.

Sitka Log Homes is a family owned and run company based out of 100 Mile House BC. The Johnson family has been building Handcrafted Log homes for 40 years and their homes have been featured in magazines in Canada and the United States. They offer a variety of wood types and have a number of Handcrafted log home plans to choose from.

Handcrafted Log Homes

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Other Handcrafted log home companies to look at are Precision Craft Log and Timber Homes, Montana Log Homes, Lake Country Log Homes and Summit Log and Timber Homes.

Tree selection and Considerations

Cypress is renown as a tree that both repels insects and resists rotting. While that is true, the statement is misleading. As it turns out it is the cypress heartwood that has most of those benefits while the sap wood is often softer and much lighter in color. Hand hewn logs can take the outer layers of sap wood off so what remains is a beautiful heartwood with all of the properties for which Cedar is prized. Cedar is also one of the most expensive trees to use for log homes. Milled cedar might stack up, but you want to be sure that all of the sap wood is gone.

Douglas Fir is a common wood throughout most of the Pacific Northwest. It makes an excellent tree for log cabins and is often one of the cheapest logs when locally grown. Douglas Fir is used in many building products from high-end veneers to 2x4s and plywood.

White Pine is the tree of choice in the eastern part of the United States and into Canada. When grown locally, this is a lower priced log that makes a solid log home.
Somewhere in the middle are spruce trees which work well as logs for log homes and are often priced just above pine logs. Soft wood trees require more thought and care in wetter climates but offer a price break over hardwoods.

Great Room Roger Wade

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Log Home Living Room

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How to Finish the Logs

Round or square. Some handcrafted log homes use hand hewn logs that are squared rather than round. Sometimes they square them on three sides and leave the outer area round. The flat edges help to make the inside of the home more modern with flat walls, while the top and bottom of the logs fit together easily. There is no right answer here and whatever you decide is a matter of design style.

The joy of a handcrafted log home is that each log is chosen and then placed according to its esthetics. The logs are left round, so you gain that authentic look. Where walls meet, you have more options such as interlocking corners, dove tailing, butt & Pass, or a corner post.

In some of the bigger and more magnificent handcrafted log homes, massive logs stand as corner posts. The look makes the home seem as though it were grown rather than constructed. Dove tailing is a beautiful finish for a handcrafted home. The logs interlock which is different from what a butt & pass joint does. In a butt & pass joint, one log butts up to the log from the connecting wall. The connecting log runs past the end of the log that butts up to it forming a 90° angle. Each row of logs changes its role so that the corner is locked together. With a butt & pass system you get a right angle, but with a dove tail you end up with a visible joint. Which styles are best? It’s all design aesthetics.

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Size Matters – House Size That Is

Handcrafted log homes range from tiny cabins to near palace-sized buildings. Some of the most beautiful fishing lodges across Alaska and Canada are beautifully constructed handcrafted log homes. The size of your house often dictates the types of logs that you can use. The logs used to support the roof must be of sufficient diameter and add an amazing design feature to the home. These big open vaulted ceilings with exposed logs leave people standing in awe at the grandeur of the home.

Great Room Log Home

Image Courtesy of Roger Wade Studio

The larger handcrafted log homes have great rooms, which are open spaces with a huge fireplace and wide open vaulted ceilings. This is the central focal point of the home and open to the kitchen area. The gathering place for the entire family in the evenings or those long cold winter days. The interior of the great room is divided using soft design elements such as area rugs and furniture that help to define a dining area from a living area. Get some ideas on how to furnish your log home.

Handcrafted log homes are truly inspirational. The beauty and artistry of these homes are sought after from around the world. If you make the choice to build a Handcrafted log home you will have a home that is a personal reflection of yourself and something to pass down from generation to generation.

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Have you ever wondered what the best cocktails are for entertaining your friends? Earth Gear has – and we thought we would bring the best cocktail recipes to you.

But first we need to understand where these wonderful drinks come from. The word “Cocktail” is symbolic of relaxing and enjoying time with friends. The combination of two or more spirits with an associated non-alcohol liquid form a refreshing drink. They can knock you off your stool in the right quantities, however for most people who drink in moderation,  they are simply a delicious way to kick back after a long week.

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Summer Sangria

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Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini

A refreshing, sour yet sweet Martini for those summer afternoons on the deck.

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

2 Parts Vodka
1 Part Triple sec
1 Part Fresh Lemon juice

METHOD:

Take a lemon wedge and run it along the rim of the Martini glass. Invert the glass and place in a small dish of white sugar to coat the rim. Mix all the ingredients in a Martini shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour the contents into the Martini glass, garnish with a wedge of lemon and enjoy.

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Blueberry Martini

Blueberry Martini

Create the perfect Blueberry Martini with Earth Gear’s step-by-step instructions.

Blueberry Martini Cocktail Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

2 Parts Vodka
1 Part Alize Bleu Passia
Frozen Blueberries

METHOD:

Fill shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients except frozen blueberries. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with blueberries. As the blueberries begin to thaw, they create streams with shades of blue and purple.

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Deep in the forest, along a path few know, a cabin sits between the redwoods. It may look small compared to the towering trees, but inside it is spacious and airy. Its minimal design concept allows you to focus on the view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows which let in floods of sunlight, illuminating the sharp and thin silhouettes of a wooden chair and table. A clean-lined, charcoal gray sofa offers guests a place to lounge, socialize, or read as flames in a contemporary cement fireplace warm you. A sleek glass tabletop set upon an avant garde arrangement of logs sits conveniently nearby, allowing you to place your book or cup of coffee down whenever you’re finished with either. And when the sun sets and the forest turns an even darker shade of green, smooth translucent pendant lamps illuminate the room with a comforting glow. This contemporary cabin has let nature inspire its designs, introducing rustic materials in modern shapes and textures, and it’s the ideal space in which to enjoy the immeasurable beauty of the redwoods.

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Creating perfect outdoor living areas can be difficult and expensive, but by far one of the most rewarding endeavors you can undertake. Whether you are single and living urban or have eight kids and have a house out in the suburbs or country, the right outdoor living space can be the perfect extension of the home you’ve tried so hard to create, and will definitely be where you want to spend most of your time with friends and family.

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Mark Your Territory

You spent all our time looking for a house or apartment that had an open floor plan that gives you that sense of space, but that’s the last thing you want to do for outdoor living. An open floor plan outdoors is called a yard. You need to clearly define your space in order to give it a sense of structure and comfort. Rock walls, stone, lattice structures, and pavers work wonderfully, but so do well placed potted plants in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Setting up your outdoor “room” will make it feel so much more intimate and engaging, not to mention adding elements of natural beauty. For a colorful and creative touch, find an easy to clean outdoor rug to make the area truly feel like an extension of your home.

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Have a Seat

There are so many options for outdoor seating nowadays. That’s a good thing, but it can be hard to choose what works. Just ask yourself a few questions. How many people do you want to accommodate? Do you ever want to lie down out there? Will it be protected from sun, snow, and rain? Mixed materials are beautiful. Combining elements of wood and metal, as well as mixing chairs with loveseats or couches can make an elegant and inviting combination. Waterproofing is key, if needed, and some throw pillows can add a blast of much needed color and creativity.

Just don’t forget the coffee tables or end tables. You going to spend so much time out there and you’ll need plenty of space for your dining and drinking needs.

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Can You See Me Now?

Outdoor living is not just for summer when the days are long. Nor is it only for the daytime. So, you’re going to need lighting. Draping soft string lights from the ceiling can give you the feeling being on a Tuscan vineyard. A reclaimed wood chandelier and wrought iron fixtures can be masculine and elegant at the same time. Glass hurricane vases with battery powered candles can make the whole space seem wonderfully intimate. But to achieve that evergreen ambiance, get yourself some solar powered path lights and stake them directly into plant containers. They get their power from the sun during the day and throw brilliant indirect and diffused light at night, with no wires or electricity needed.

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We cook more outside than ever, and there is no reason not to. With the right planning, your outdoor kitchen can be just as creative and productive as your indoor one. Make a list of everything you want to do out there; grill, sauté, make pizza, whiz fresh hummus, pop corks, and blend margheritas. Get the right equipment, make sure you have enough electricity and BTU’s and definitely carve out space for prep, serving platters, and even fresh water, ice, and wash areas. Just make sure you have a clear path to your indoor kitchen as well so you can move between the spaces easily with your supplies.
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Masculine interior design doesn’t mean rough or un-evolved. Sure, men can be seen as lazy and having quirks and bro-like idiosyncrasies, but that doesn’t mean men can’t live in style. In fact, it’s these qualities that make masculine interior design often spectacular and surprising in its depth and creativity. Men live in the world of the productive, efficient, and the practical, but there is no rule that says it can’t be soft, creative, and beautiful, too.
That said, when discussing masculine interior design, restraint is key. It can be a fine line between masculine elegance and frat house cheesy. Here are some basic tips every man should know about decorating in order to maintain just the right amount of style and swankiness without making it look and feel – and probably smell – like a total man-cave.

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The masculine room design is all about comfort and practicality. Smart minimalism is key, with a focus on deep and rich colors, large and comfortable furnishings, strong materials, bold lines, and sharp – almost aggressive – details. Materials are critical. Rough stone, reclaimed wood, leather, wrought iron, and stainless steel are mixed and matched to create the feel of industrial functionality while adding warmth, comfort, and simple elegance.

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It’s not all black and white. Deep and dark room colors are part of any masculine room design, and yes, the binary contrast can – like men – be simple and soothing. However, adding royal blue, forest green, or accents in purple, burgundy, or mocha look great in rooms designed to accent the masculine style. Finding the right balance between starkness and subtlety is an art form.

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Masculine Interiors: Accessorize

Believe it or not, a coffee table can be for more than feet and beer. This is counter-intuitive to most men, but believe it or not, some things can truly exist – and look good – just for show. A creative sculpture piece, rustic globe, or those treasured first editions that you’ve held onto to show people that you have some depth, may not have practical purposes anymore, but not only are these key design elements in the masculine home, but they’re yours, and make you feel at home, too. Who knows? Having them out may actually encourage you to re-read a book, too.

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Young and Old

It’s not all about the new. Men are often victims of the trendy and current with their design. But adding some traditional, old and vintage elements can round out a space with class. Imagine a reclaimed wood coffee table or weathered leather-wrapped trunk. These can add that feel of warmth and depth to what can easily become a cold and industrial existence. Plus, adding these elements can give your domicile a timeless quality and keep you from needing to update every season when the new stuff comes out, not to mention offer creative opportunities to add some much needed stealthy storage.

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Masculinity doesn’t always have to mean focusing on movies and games in which things die. It’s almost like we hate life sometimes. That’s simply not true. You can still keep your “dudeness” with some plant life around you. Adding tree in the corner, cactus on the coffee table, or bonsai on the mantle can create an element of peace and life in your existence. Want to go bold? Go grey-green with a fruitless olive tree or deep purple with Japanese maple.

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You Get What You Pay For

Buy something nice once in awhile. I know. Frugality is an art form. You love that old fur-lined jean jacket that you’ve had since college. You feel a sense of pride in your thriftiness knowing that you’ve saved money by not having to buy something new. But with design, you should splurge sometimes. Buy a really nice chair, a quality accent rug, and swap out the old stock light fixtures with something elegant. Yeah, they cost, but you’ll be rewarded by the quality and aesthetic.

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Art is huge. As much as a blank wall can be fabulous in its minimalist essence – the beauty of what’s not there – the right piece of art creates style and encourages conversation. But don’t go crazy, and no Thomas Nagel! Just buy something legitimate. Attend a gallery showing. Find your style. Yes, colors, sizes and frames matter when developing the feel of the room, but the right piece by the right artist can exist in any space stylishly. If cash is tight, be creative. Source some vintage maps or pull some old album covers out of storage and frame them. Artists created them, too. Who knows? You might just find that perfect piece that encapsulates the essence of your soul.

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