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

Wood floors

Yes, we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but this discussion has started and I wanted to capture it. You’d think you just go down to the big orange or blue box store and buy some hardwood. But no, that’s not how we’ll do it- mostly because they don’t sell what we want. There is a confusing amount of choices to make when it comes to floors. For our cabin, we get the luxury of installing the same floor throughout the entire 1st floor BEFORE we ever install any interior walls. It’s a perk of a LHBA log home because: 1. we … Continue reading Wood floors

Roof – Part 2: Insulation and other materials

What is a Built Up Roof?   This style of roof is also known as a cathedral roof or ceiling. But the simplest answer is a built up roof is a roof where the insulation is on top of what you see from the inside – different from a roof where the insulation is inside and below the roof. A log home can be built with a conventional roof, but nobody wants to walk into a log home and look up to a white dry wall ceiling. Besides, according to a lot of folks who’ve done both styles- the built … Continue reading Roof – Part 2: Insulation and other materials

Roof – Part 1: Decking

Buying the Decking I searched high and low for a good price on the decking. The plans call for 2×6 Tongue & Groove, preferably in 16 foot lengths. Yes, 2 inches by 6 inches. It sounded really thick, and when I started looking on Craigslist, I could only find advertisements for 1×6. I checked the plans- nope, 2×6. I called the orange box people – they don’t sell it, and can’t even order it. I checked local mills, but you need a large volume mill – the equipment to make it is expensive. I finally found a supplier in Guntersville- … Continue reading Roof – Part 1: Decking