Milled log homes, or manufactured log homes, come in D-log (flat on inside and round on outside), double-D (round on interior and exterior), or square (flat on inside and outside). Log sizes are typically 8 inch, 10 inch, or 12 inch. Log lengths are up to approximately 16 feet. End joints are completed by slotting the ends of the log and sliding a spleen into the end joints. Log species for milled homes include Dead Standing Lodge Pole Pine, White Pine, Engelmann Spruce, Douglas Fir, and Western Red Cedar.
Our milling facility can either provide a Double Tongue and Groove Stack between the logs or a Swedish Cope. The Double Tongue and Groove Style has two rows of tongues and two rows of grooves between the inside of the wall and the outside elements. This is superior to the Single Tongue and Groove stack style or the Flat Milling of logs between the rows.
This photo shows the two rows of tongues and grooves. The tongues come down and the grooves protrude upwards. This is also a Double -D log style or a full round log. It provides a curved surface on the inside and outside of the log home.
A Swedish Cope style is where the underside of each log is cut with a half moon pattern. There is an overlap of log to log over a curved surface. All Swedish Cope cut milled log homes have full saddle notched corners. Log siding does not work in the gables with Swedish Cope stacked logs. Instead we use solid logs stacked all the way to the top of the gables.
Another choice in milled log homes is the corner style you desire. Below are the four most common styles. These include Full Saddle Notch (available in both the Double Tongue and Groove Stack and Swedish Cope cut), Butt and Pass Corner, Dovetail Corner, or the Corner Post Profile.
Our milled log home shells comes with the corners precut and the door and window openings cut into the shell. A spline can be cut into the end joints of the log wall either on site or before it is shipped. Please inquire for details. Blueprints come with a log schedule detailing the placement of each log within the structure. Also all logs are tagged with the corresponding alpha-numeric code.
Log Shells also typically include the log wall assembly hardware of foam sealant and log screws to hold logs together.
Roof System- handcrafted log (round) or timber (square) beams and rafters are an integral part of our homes. Also manufactured trusses are utilized (as per design). Frequently standard trusses are placed over bedrooms and garages.
The simplest log home package or ‘log home kit’, includes just the log shell, log wall assembly hardware, and construction drawings. The log shell specifically includes the logs for the walls, any interior log walls, log roof system including log ridge beam, purloins, log trusses, rafters (as per plan), or standard trusses are all available. If the floor plan includes a loft we also include the log floor joists to support the loft. Log or timber staircases and log railing is available upon request.
We can also supply a full dry-in package. A dry-in package includes the log materials plus: exterior doors, windows, roofing materials, final roofing materials of either shingles or metal, soffit, fascia, log siding or wood siding for exterior of gables, interior framing lumber, first floor subfloor, upper subfloor or decking, and exterior door and window trim. Windows are available from Jeld-wen, Anderson, Pella, and others.
For homes with an open loft or second floor without plumbing, a popular option is our timber joists with 2×6 Douglas Fir loft decking. By building the home in this manner, the home owner gains a finished wood floor for the upstairs, and the v-groove style for the first floor ceilings.
For homes with bathrooms on the second floor the home package includes timber joists and sub-floor (2 x joists with 3/4″ sheathing). This provides the necessary room for the plumbing.
For interior walls 2×4 and 2×6 framing lumber AND/OR solid log interior walls are included. For increase structural soundness we incorporate some solid log interior walls into the home design. Features such as interior log archways can also be cut on site into interior log walls.
Milled log and material packages are ready to be shipped approximately 6 to 8 weeks after approval of manufacturing drawings and receipt of initial deposit. (Based on average sized home.)
We believe our homes are the most complete packages with the most flexibility for the customer.
**Delivery to job site is additional and calculated based on mileage from the yard to Job Site. Please call for quote estimate.**
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