🏠 Log Homes and Other Topics

  • What to Look for in a Log Home

    A well-built and maintained log home can last for generations. But buyers new to log houses might not know what signs to look for to judge their construction and compare one log home to another. A home inspector will be able to check the house out thoroughly during the buying process, but there are a few red flags that buyers can spot on their own before moving forward with the purchase. 

    Check for Insects 

    It’s actually a misconception that insects are attracted to log homes. Insects like damp wood, which should not describe a well-constructed log house. Nonetheless, insects leave certain tell-tale signs that buyers can look out for when touring a potential new home.

    Termites tend to be a concern for first-time log home buyers, though they generally aren’t a problem if the wood has been sealed well. If a log house has a termite problem, you can see evidence of mud tunnels on the foundation. To make sure that termites aren’t going to be a problem in your log home, don’t buy a house with the logs touching the ground. Preferably, there should be 10 to 12 inches of foundation elevating the first logs above the ground. 

    The other insects that sometimes pose a problem with wood homes are carpenter bees and carpenter ants. Small piles of sawdust around the foundation is a sign to look out for, but infestations of these insects can be harder for first-time buyers to recognize on their own. Fortunately, a professional insect inspection will occur before any house sale is finalized. 

    Watch Out for Wood Rot

    Wood rot is found in wood that is frequently damp. Fortunately, this means that wood rot, like termites, is not a problem in well-maintained log homes. Certain houses are at a higher risk for wood rot, so check these parts of any log house to determine whether rot could be a problem.

    • Check for signs of rot around doors and windows, as these areas can allow water to leak and will show the first signs of rot.
    • Make sure that gutters are functioning properly, otherwise, rainwater might have built up and constantly dripped onto the logs.
    • If the house was built in the 1990’s or earlier, the overhangs might be too short. If a log house has shallow overhangs, the lowest logs can get too wet in the rain, which can cause wood rot.

    Check for High-Quality Staining

    Most of the problems that log houses face are caused by the logs staying excessively moist. Luckily, a good stain on a log house keeps the moisture out so that insects and wood rot are never a concern. When you go to look at a log house, make sure to check the quality of the stain. If you splash water against the logs, the water should bead up and roll off rather than sitting on the wood. If the stain has worn down evenly, it could probably be fixed by applying another coat.

  • Making Your Log Home Energy Efficient

    Many buyers have fond memories or cozy fantasies of living in a Virginia log home but are worried that log homes are less energy-efficient than conventional homes. With rising energy costs and concerns about climate change, buyers want their home to be as energy-efficient as possible. Fortunately, log homes actually provide several advantages for energy efficiency, and problem areas can be updated to boost efficiency – all without diminishing the beauty of the log walls.  Continue reading

  • Log Home Considerations

    Are you considering buying a log home? Log homes have a rich history starting back thousands of years. When starting out, many log homes were built with rough-hewn logs and by stacking them on top of each other and overlapping the corners. These interlocking corners were then set, and weather protected materials such as moss, clay, or another sort of soft material were put into the joints to make the home more resistant to the climate.  We’ve come a long way in the material put into the joints, however, the same layouts persist and those that want to use all-natural material for a more sustainable home can do so with ease. Continue reading

  • Old World Appeal in a Modern World

    Log homes and cabins have long been hailed as an early American settler staple. Coming from as far back as 3500 BC, these building types have persevered through the course of time and its basic form was imported overseas for its ease of build as well as the suitability of the readily available woods and easy insulation. While log homes were seeing the start of popularity in America in the early 1600s today’s log homes are usually built with milled logs and represents a higher degree of sustainability and are considered to be leading the green building movement that is catching speed. Continue reading

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    5 Tips on Purchasing a Log Home

      I fell in love with log homes when I moved to Central Virginia. The rustic appearance, smell of pine, and the amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains I have seen are breathtaking. A friend of ours had a custom luxury log home built atop of a mountain and it was the most spectacular home I have ever been to. Everything was custom for that family. The views from the picture windows, large pantry, open kitchen, master suite on one side of the log home to the kid’s bedrooms on the other side was amazing. But finding a log home to purchase can be quiet difficult because of how unique these homes are. Continue reading

  • Uniqueness of Log Homes

    Log homes have risen in popularity over the past decade because of those wanting a quiet country escape, desire for individuality and wanting to live one with nature. Continue reading

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