Log Home Pictures

Sue | September 14th, 2011 - 7:22 am

One of the most popular points of interest on our website are the photo galleries. The chance to look through page after page of detailed log home pictures gives an up close look at craftsmanship and quality.  In past years only a handful of plan books offered extensive photos. Through the internet we are able to publish multiple photos. Divided among our nine photo galleries around 1,000 log home photos as well as a selection of commercial metal buildings and wood rib SIP panel structures.

Quality log homes begin with the wood species. There are no cabin grade logs in our homes. Instead you only find Premium logs that meet or exceed the TPI grade stamping requirements. Especially for handcrafted log homes or those being shipped over seas we include the TPI first premium stamping. This insures that an independent party visits the yard and inspects the logs to be used for your specific house. In the close up log home photos you will see thick logs which are free of bug holes, twists, excessive knot holes, and wide checks.

Log home interior photos are very revealing. Just yesterday I wrote an article about log home kitchens. The first photo featured in the article showed a 2×4 beam scribed into the kitchen wall for the cabinets. Over the phone something like this can be described, but seeing it is so much better. When browsing interior photos look between the logs. Lower quality log homes have lots of caulking. Also note the details of the corners. I recently visited a log home built of 7″ Swedish Cope logs. Each corner was rough and gapping on each side. To seal the airflow between the logs the owners had used spray foam and caulking on the inside and out. Now compare that with our tight scribing. (Photo to right). There are no gaps. The use of the insulating gaskets in the laterals and in the notches help to keep the logs tight.

saddle notch with over scribe

When looking for specific features in a log home plan it very helpful to see the home actually built. Floor plans are provided for multiple homes featured here on Cowboy Log Homes. Also when an owner desires to add a feature to an existing plan, what better detail can be obtained than seeing the log prow, log archway, post and beam gazebo, or vaulted ceiling than through photos (other than visiting multiple homes in person). Photos give the opportunity to feel like you are there in person– without the cost of a plane ticket! Also be sure to look at our VIDEOS page to see the Bear Creek handcrafted log home plan built from start to finish.

Our photo galleries are divided into the two log species categories of Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. We also offer a break down by style of homes. Handcrafted log homes, machine milled, Swedish Cope, Post and Beam, and Heavy Timber Frame Construction can be seen. For business owners we offer a gallery of commercial log buildings. And finally there is a selection of other commercial buildings we have built including metal buildings, wooden rib structures, and SIP panel commercial buildings.

So when shopping for a cabin, be sure to take time to look at the log home pictures provided. Compare the features of the homes, the diameter of the logs used, wood species available, and log home styles. No two companies are the same, but a discerning eye can tell which are simply pretty homes and those that are built with the “WOW” factor in mind.

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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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