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This Log Home 150 strikes an inspiring picture with its pond landscaping and forest surroundings. This beautiful log home with its peaked roof, front covered porch and log railings would be the perfect spot to spend summer vacations and time away. It's easy to imagine spending lots of time here sitting on the front porch or swing and enjoying lots of fresh outdoor air. This is a beautiful log home design with its milled logs, peaked roof, lots of windows and park-like setting. The front covered porch is a nice spot to have your morning tea and enjoy the scenic location. On the Log Home Ideas page, you will find all sorts of log home inspirations and ideas from all over the world. You will find all sorts of log home designs, styles and plans that will get you thinking about log home living. Log homes have come a long way in recent years. You can choose from log homes that are completely rustic and off-grid, to luxury log homes that are modern and lodge-like. Just when you think you've seen the nicest log home ever, another one comes along to raise the bar even higher.
When it comes to log home designs and styles, there is a wide variety of styles to choose from. Popular styles of log homes can include handcrafted log homes to milled log homes, hewn log homes to sawn log homes. Handcrafted log homes are made of logs that have been hand peeled and look pretty much unchanged from what they looked like as trees, a somewhat natural look. Whereas milled log homes are built with logs that have been run through a manufacturing process which converts them into timbers and logs which are the same in size and appearance. Hewn log homes use logs that have been hewn by an axe to an oval, hexagonal, octagonal or rectangular shape. Sawn Log homes are logs that are sawn to a standard width, but with their original heights. Handcrafted log houses have been built for hundreds of years in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. Handcrafted log homes were typically built using only an axe and a knife. Builders and home buyers from all over the world are realizing that a structure built with wood is healthy, comfortable, has lower energy consumption, and has better overall performance. A wood structure also reduces the impact of buildings on human health and the environment in regards to design, site selection, construction, operation, maintenance, and demolition.
The use of wood for constructing a house is a natural and easy way to make a difference for the environment. Wood reduces greenhouse gases and stores carbons. A healthy sustainable forest is a readily available solution to climate change. On average, an acre of healthy growing tree absorbs almost 3 tons of carbon dioxide and releases close to two tons of oxygen. Log cabins also have the benefit of thermal mass. What this essentially means is that the logs that are used in a log home can store and hold the transfer of heat. This is also a property of stone and metal. So this feature makes wood very energy efficient. Wood also has a natural insulating ability. So the thermal mass of a log allows it to absorb heat during the warmest part of the day and then return it to the log home during the cooler night. Thermal mass also means that the heat that is collected during the day won't be transferred through the wall. Good news for log home owners.