Log homes can be found throughout the world, although they are especially prevalent in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia and the USA, where timber is one of the main building supplied available.
They fell out of popularity with the introduction of more modern building methods, but are now back by popular demand. In the UK, living in a log home could come with many money saving advantages, which is why so many people are choosing to live in them nowadays.
If you’re weighing up your options, consider these pros and cons:
Energy saving properties
If you’re conscious of your carbon footprint, living in a log home could help to diminish your energy usage by a fair amount. This is thanks to timber’s thermal mass, which accounts for the wood’s ability to store and release heat throughout the day and night.
Timber has a high thermal mass, meaning your home can be kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter without you having to rely so heavily on air conditioning units and central heating.
Log homes can be very aesthetically pleasing, especially if you live in the countryside. Even if you live in the city centre or in a town, you can have a log home constructed that will fit in with the surrounding structures and buildings though.
Buildings made from timber can be incredibly durable, and wooden buildings such as this are able to absorb ground movements without the entire structure being compromised.
Wooden homes and especially flat pack houses can be very cost effective, so those looking to save money on their dream home construction won’t have to break the bank.
If you don’t keep an eye on your home, you might find that it becomes a breeding ground for certain kinds of insects. However, this can be said of many other building types and can be effectively managed with some care and attention.
Just as with homes built with bricks and mortar, the materials can be weakened by exposure to the elements. Log homes can sometimes be susceptible to rot, especially when water is allowed to run down the side of the building or pool at the base of the property due to inadequate roof flashing or drainage. As long as the property is checked yearly things can be kept in order though.
While log homes are fairly low maintenance, they do require some work every now and then. For example, you may need to apply timber preservatives to the logs to keep them in good condition.
Living in a log home can provide you with some amazing experiences, and as they can be quite cheap to purchase and construct when compared to other options they could be the ideal solution.
This article was provided by Lauren Grice on behalf of Flat Pack Houses, a provider of Scandinavian flat pack houses.