Are you considering of building a log home? Log cabins are an excellent place to live in. They can be natural, cozy and warm, all features you don’t get in conventional homes. Their rustic style can make you feel closer to nature and provide you a huge sense of accomplishment. Even though, log home offers a lot of benefits, it is essential to be realistic, when you are investing money in such property. So, let’s look at the list of things that will help you make the right decision.
The actual costs
For people who want large log homes, money isn’t an issue, and they will pay just to make their ideas into reality. On the other hand, the majority of us want a small and simple cabin. When comparing the prices, the average cost to build a cabin is $35 per square foot, and when you add the value of the land, site preparation, foundation and utilities, permits and labor, it can reach a considerable amount. For example, if the kit is $40,000, the final cost will be around $104,000. If you have excellent construction skills, then you can save a bit of money.
The materials ability to uphold the heat flow is measured by its R-value. The bigger the value, the better the insulation is. Logs used for construction range in R values, depending on the type of tree you use. They can go from 1.41 per inch for softwood up to 0.71 for hardwood. In this case, if we ignore the advantages of thermal mass, a 6-inch softwood log wall, has an approximate R-value around 8. When we compare this with the traditional wall, their R-value is around 14. You may think that this is a significant disadvantage, but log walls act like batteries, absorbing the energy during the day and radiating it at night.
Log walls settle and shrink
This is a typical condition for log walls. Over the time, they will settle and shrink. The reason behind this is that the trees have a high moisture content and as soon as they are cut down, they start releasing water.