2nd floor Tongue and Groove – edge detail

A custom log home is complicated. When we designed the floor plan, we wanted it open between the kitchen and the living area. The only obstacle will be a wood stove and an island. To add a sense of separation between the living and the dining area, we wanted a 2nd floor beam to be the dividing line. Our plans say the 4×12 second floor beams should be spaced 24 inches apart. Normally, you would start at the wall and measure 24″ all the way across, but because the beam acts as a divider between rooms, we set that beam … Continue reading 2nd floor Tongue and Groove – edge detail

Girder Log & Girder Support Log

  I estimate the roof of my log home will weigh around 50,000 lbs. In class, they taught us that you need a girder log that is crosswise to the ridge pole to increase the strength of the structure. The girder log is also known as a collar tie. Its job is to keep the walls from spreading apart due to the weight of the roof, as well as to support the second floor. Since we used pulleys, we knew we could install the girder log at any time after we reached second floor height. We decided to wait until … Continue reading Girder Log & Girder Support Log