Here we see the log wall at its full height in the yard. This photo is of the front of the handcrafted log home. The door way on the right opens into the second bedroom. The logs on the front extend out to support the wide overhang. Also on each side are two covered porches. The beams to support the roof system are in place.
Here is the garage side of the log shell fully completed. Notice the garage door openings have the vertical key-ways cut in. Also all around the door is recessed for the final trim. Pitch cutting is also very important. If you look at the top wall log on the corner you will see an diagonal cut. This is so the roof system will tie into the walls without any cutting on the job site.
Here we see one of the log craftsman doing some final sanding on the doorway which opens into the laundry room. Hand sanding of the notches and doorways saves vital time on the job site, smooths the logs, and reopens the pores after the chainsaw work is completed.
For added authenticates the owners choose to add purloins across the bedroom wings. Though not needed structurally these beams add a ton of character to the home. The log archways open into the great room. The opening on the left will serve as a closet and the opening on the right is for the hallway.
The final piece of the log shell is being made here. This is a custom log fireplace mantel. This touch will accent the stone fireplace and make it match the walls. We went as wide as possible with the mantle. It is cut flat on top and will rest on the round logs which are being scribe fit.
In our next page we will see the log shell being disassembled for shipment. This process takes about two days, so it is time consuming.