Log Spiral Staircases

Sue | March 27th, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Log spiral staircases add a lot of character and uniqueness to a home. A spiral is an upgrade to a log or timber home. While not cheap, they are very unique. Also a sweep log staircase or curved log staircase are also impressive. The sweep log staircases are typically wider than spiral log staircases, but not always.

In the world of log homes, the words fully customizable become reality. Log homes are a craftsman type of house. When everything is being done by hand it isn’t hard to add some more details like twig railings, spirals, sweeps, curves, accent posts, and on and on.

The main thing to remember with a spiral staircase is it must have enough space to twist and turn upwards and downwards. It is important to include the staircase of your choice in your designs so enough floor place is set aside. A standard straight run staircase requires less space than a curved or spiral.

Log staircases can include:

  • log spiral
  • curved spiral
  • curved log staircase
  • sweep log staircase
  • straight runs
  • L shaped with a landing or
  • flared at the bottom.

handcrafted log staircse on post and beam home

Most commonly staircases are built from Pine or Fir.  Some of the curved staircases are built with glue-lam options due to the extreme curl that is required.

Half log treads are common with log stringers, but the log treads can also be each scribed out of a full log.

Our next staircase is has all Western Re Cedar Railing. It is a spiral staircase that goes down through the center of the room. The majority of our railing is hand peeled Western Red Cedar.


Spiral staircases are one of the features that help to set our handcrafted log homes into a category of their own. Special engineering has to be used to fit these stationary stairs into a handcrafted log home. Because the log walls will shrink and compress some, a special adjustment has to be built into each case. A straight run staircase or an L shaped with a landing are much more common and less expensive to build, but a spiral makes any home even more unique.

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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