Douglas Fir Handcrafted Log Homes

Sue | May 14th, 2010 - 7:31 am

Just as log homes are varied, so are our customers. Everyday it is so rewarding to talk with people from all sorts of backgrounds, professions, and interests; but one common thread is seen in all of them, their love for logs. This spring it seems the Douglas Fir handcrafted log homes seem to be ranking the most popular. With this in mind I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of this outstanding wood species.

For handcrafted log homes we offer Lodge Pole Pine, White Pine, Western Larch, Douglas Fir, Engelmann Spruce, and Western Red Cedar. Of these six species, Douglas Fir is the strongest. In the construction world in general, this log species is used for everything from train trestles, to bridge parts, and even home built aircraft such as the RJ 03 IBIS Canard . This log species is very well known for these heavy loaded structural uses.

The Douglas Fir logs for our homes are harvested from the Western United States forests. Douglas Fir trees abound in Washington State.


For log homes Douglas Fir is lovely. The honey colored wood is darker that the white Engelmann Spruce and lighter than Western Red Cedar. If you look closely at the photo you will see circles traveling around and around the log ends. These are the growth rings. Each year the log grows a new growth ring forms. The ring is caused from a level of bark that is covered over as the log grows. The growth rings on the Douglas Fir is very light.

Another added benefit to handcrafted homes is the low waste they produce. Milled log homes can yield waste of up to approximately 45% of the log, once it is milled down to a uniform 8 inch diameter. Because handcrafted homes take advantage of the wider bottoms and narrower tops of the logs, only about 5 % – 9% log is wasted. Also more thermal mass (R-value) is gained when more log diameter is incorporated into the home.

Our Douglas Fir handcrafted log homes are crafted by our experts artisans. There are no end joints within the log walls.  They are all full length logs. Log lengths can be up to 50′. Doors and windows are all fully pre cut to make the home assemble in a matter of hours one arrival at the home site. Also the roof system, ridge poles, purlins, and/or log trusses are fully fitted and ready for the roofing material. The log home builder does not have to worry about any of that.

Many of our luxury log homes are constructed of either Doulgas Fir or Western Red Cedar.


Between the logs we use a Scandinavian Full Scribe method. The bottom of each log is grooved and lined with the Softrod gasket. The over scribe method allows the logs to settle and hug even more closely together as any further minimal shrinkage occurs.

For solid, log lasting log homes, the Douglas Fir is a great choice for your home. The rich color gives the log more character with less expense than the Western Red Cedar. Any of our homes can be produced from this wonderful wood species. Visit our pricing section for sample pricing on our handcrafted log homes.

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Any projected costs, cost estimates, material costs, and estimated construction/ building costs, are only the opinion of Cowboy Log Homes and are drawn from our experience. Every home is custom tailored to meet our individual client's wants and desires. The construction of a log or timber home is based on two primary costs: material provided by the log home company and construction costs contracted with Cowboy Log Homes as the builder or another builder of the customer's choice. Final costs are obtained and contracted with each respectively. Cowboy Log Homes is simply the "glue" that helps bring these two together to provide a final culmination of a customer's project. * Please note photos and elevations may differ some from accompanying floor plans.
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