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6 Reasons To Move Out of Your Conventional Home and into a Log Home

Log HomeIt is part of our nature to compare things and that it’s not surprising if we’re asked about the differences between log homes and traditional stick-built homes. Both options are great and each has its own set of advantages.

While log homes are often built in neighborhoods consisting of other log homes, a conventional home could be adapted to fit into almost any type of neighborhood. Conventional homes are those homes which built using mainly timber products. Both log and conventional homes can be built with good craftsmanship.

But today, there has been a continued interest in constructions that are better for the environment, healthier for the occupants, and cost-efficient to operate, all of which can be obtained when living in a log home.

Log cabins may seem like a thing of the past but they are making a come back. It’s hard to match its beauty and style, security and comfort. Log homes are beautiful in design with loads of curb appeal and offer several benefits of modern style and elegance along with charm and character.

In today’s fast paced world, juggling your work and your personal life, not to mention the demands and pressures of city life, can be overwhelming, but a log home provides an escape to the peace that nature can provide for us.

A log home enables us to recharge, relax, and also to appreciate what surrounds us while enjoying a well-built home that incorporates today’s conveniences. With all the benefits of a long home, have you ever considered getting one yourself? Like other home purchases, it’s an important financial decision.

Log Home in New York

Although there are many great reasons that outweigh living in the usual home, whether you want to buy a ready-made log home or build one entirely from scratch, it’s still important to know the benefits to help you make an informed decision. However, after reading the six reasons below, you may just want to consider switching to log home living.

  1. Log homes are more sustainable and environment-friendly.

One of the advantages of log homes is that they are more sustainable, which means they don’t deplete as many of our natural resources, making them good for our environment. Trees are also a renewable resource and they can be easily re-planted and re-grown unlike coal and other finite resources.

Nice Log Home

And because trees are a renewable resource, they come with a solid green pedigree. Wood also contains carbon so when a home is built from solid logs, you are taking away the carbon in them. Therefore, carbon emissions are reduced when building your home out of solid logs.

Additionally, many are built out of standing dead timber. Log home producers also buy these logs from forests certified as sustainable. Some are also built according to green building standards.

Timber Log

  1. Log homes are more durable and can withstand the worst weather.

Compared to brick homes, log homes are extremely durable. They last longer and stand up exceptionally well to the elements which means fewer resources will be used when you build them. In fact, you can still find log homes in Europe that are more than 800 years old. A church in Russia, which was made from log, is now more than 1,700 years old.

Brick Home

We also have heard news and stories about this type of dwelling being able to withstand even the worst weather. While hurricanes, tornadoes, and other calamities may destroy other types of homes, log structures can withstand the worst damage. In fact, they’ve even been known to survive damage against falling trees during bad storms.

  1. Log homes are easier to build than conventional homes.

Compared to conventional homes, it’s easier to construct log homes. Before a regular home is set in place, builders must construct each of its exterior walls first. But when they are built, the walls are stacked, which means courses of logs are placed on top of another until a particular wall height has already been obtained, saving a lot of time in the building process.

Conventional Home

The frame can also be built in just two weeks, unlike with regular stick framing, so it won’t be exposed to harsh elements and also reduces the possibility of mold or mildew problems.

In the usual home construction, a home would be exposed to the elements longer, which could lead to mold problems right within the framing of the home and this could go on undetected for years.

Swiss Blockhouse

  1. Log homes tend to experience less mold, mildew, and insect infestation.

Log homes are easier to maintain. By visually inspecting the logs and taking a walk around, you can easily check smaller problems before they create bigger problems. This early detection can lead to a less costly repair.

During winter time, we all feel a bit crazy about being stuck inside for so long.

Mold, mildew, or insect infestation isn’t something to be worried about since log homes offer clear advantages than your average one which has sealed wall cavities. These cavities could be a good thriving place for those infestations and can last long undetected, creating more damage and leading to costly repairs.

  1. Log homes have higher value than some conventional homes.

While many have a preconceived notion of these dwellings as being rustic and primitive, they have quickly evolved to become larger, elegant, and luxurious. Some may even be more expensive to construct than but they have higher value making them worth the additional cost.

Dollar signs

You won’t only have more equity in a shorter span of time, but you’ll also find out that it’s easier to sell a log home than it is to sell a conventional home because of the increasing demand of these homes.

  1. Log homes are more energy efficient.

Not only do they have higher value because of the high demand, they also are more energy efficient because of their solid wood construction. Log homes are up to 15% more efficient than standard wood-frame homes for heating and cooling. They help maintain the heat during freezing winter and keep heat out during the summer months.

They were forced to take down the old log home and build a new one instead

Log cabins also require less cooling because the logs themselves breathe. Humidity problems are common in standard homes than in log homes. The increased energy efficiency can help you save on your heating and cooling bills while allowing you to live at the same comfort level as you would in an average home.

Now that you have learned the advantages of log home living, do you think a log home is for you?

Vandevert Log Home

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