Handcrafted Log Homes and Dutch Doors

Sue | March 14th, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Handcrafted log homes and specialty wood doors are both the same vintage– fully custom. The love of wood and rustic amenities often encourage homeowners to invest in carved wood doors, stained glass inserts, or even Dutch doors. The Dutch style of the doors can be used for both interior and exterior locations.

wooden dutch door

Exterior Dutch Doors

Dutch Doors Design

The Dutch doors for homes are designed with the top half of the door opening independently of the bottom section. Here we see a Dutch door for the exterior. This door allows the owner to open the top section to greet people while leaving the bottom shut. The closed lower half protects any pets or children from slipping out the door and into the street.

exterior dutch door

Dutch Doors for Exterior Entry Doors

In this sketch of an 8 foot tall Dutch door we see the door is a V-groove 2 panel style with a cross buck overlaid on the bottom. The middle lock rail, going across the door, was lowered some to keep it even with the door knob. The standard height for door knobs is 36 inches from the bottom of the door. With this adjustment the upper panel is taller than the lower panel.

Matching Wooden Doors to Handcrafted Log Homes

Handcrafted log homes are built with hand peeled logs of various diameters. The pride of this style of log homes is the craftsmanship and hand work that goes into each individual log. Our custom wooden doors are also built by highly skilled artisans.

One way to match a handcrafted log home to a Dutch door or other wood door is to match the wood species of the home. One cabin was built entirely of Western Red Cedar so we designed doors from the same species. While not all wood species work for doors (or log homes) there are times when the wood species can be matched. Pine is a very common wood species for log homes, as is Western Red Cedar, Fir, etc.

Another way to coordinate the handcrafted log cabin with the door selection is to choose carved wood inserts that reflect the flavor of your home. Many homeowners choose a unique or impressive door for their entry door. Here we see a log home with a bear pattern front door. The top section of the door is completed with a 6 lite window.  Other themes include lakes, birds, water dogs, large wildlife, and scenery.

handcarved wood door with bears

Handcrafted Log Home and Carved Wood Door

Back to our Dutch doors for sale, below we see a Dutch door which was designed for as an interior door. The top half is separated from the bottom. This door is going to be prehung and then packaged for shipment to a custom log home in Portland Oregon area.  Log homes have a rustic feel so using v groove panel doors, K brace, or the cross buck pattern all add to the aesthetics of your home.

interior dutch doors

Interior Dutch Door

Handcrafted log homes are all different. Even if two are built from the same blueprints the homes are not the same because each log is individual and those individual characteristics of each member are retained through the hand peeling process and the use of the natural taper of the logs.  Each door is also custom built. So don’t overlook the charm Dutch doors, carved doors, cross buck style, or K brace doors can add to your new log home.

Cowboy Log Homes

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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