What makes a Swedish Cope log home unique? Swedish Cope logs are round on the inside and outside. The top is also left round. A half moon shaped groove is cut into the log along the bottom. This concave groove provides overlapping one log to the next when the log wall is stacked and gives this log style it’s name, Swedish Cope.
The log corners of a Swedish Cope home are full saddle notch. When the corner of the home is viewed, the end of each log is visible. The other common method is butt and pass corners where every other log end is exposed. Swedish Cope homes only stack with the full saddle notch corners. Our Swedish Cope logs have a consistent diameter down the entire length of the log. The log sizes come in either 7, 8, 9, 10, or 12 inch diameter. The logs can be hand peeled to provide a draw knife pattern surface, upon request.
The Swedish Cope log shells can come either random length or precut with the door and window openings and the corners premade. Different log sizes yield different log stack heights. Most of the log shells are between an 8 and 9 foot high wall. Taller wall heights are available upon request.
For most log homes we recommend the 8 inch log size or larger. About 90% of milled log homes are built with logs of up to 10 inches. Very few are 12 inch log diameters.
A popular addition to Swedish Cope log packages is the log roof system. The log roof system typically utilizes a 10 inch or 12 inch log size and includes the ridge beam, purlins or rafters, and log trusses (as per plan). If you desire more exposed timber in the roof extra members can be added.
If a floor plan is extra long or wide sometimes an interior log wall is incorporated into the plan. Occasionally we have even constructed homes with all interior log walls for the partition walls.
It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks to get the logs and other materials ready to ship to the job site so planning ahead is essential. There is also a separate delivery charge for the logs and other materials.