Originally Posted By: loconnor
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I’m also a little late in this tread but let me give my two cents worth.
First of all, I want to say that the log home has the appearance of a handcrafted home. But everything else points to a milled home.
I can't see the log ends too clear, but if the tongue and groove is as tight as they look, foam or butyl rubber strips would be appropriate for this construction.
As a rule, milled log homes do not require the special longer slots and dowels that would be needed in handcrafted homes because the moisture content is less, and the logs are usually less heavy. Therefore during shrinkage of the logs and the eventual settling of the structure, the milled log homes only require about 1-2 inches above the doors and windows.
A true hancrafted log home does require 3-6 inces of spacing, and the logs them selves can come as swedish cope (the top of the lower log is chisled out to allow the upper log to sit on it).. This is where actual insulation is used. It is compressed over the years (approx 6-8 ) and allows almost no air infiltration if crafted and assembled correctly. How the corners are cut to fit determines if there will be spacing between the logs or not. With spacing a special chinking material is applied which allows for the expansion and contraction of the walls over the years and still maintain a moisture and air barrier. This is one of the things that have to be checked because, depending on the manufacturer, you will get some stress and eventual cracking of this material.
The roof of log homes or I guess any home with cathedral ceilings, requires a built up roof, which most of you are probably familiar with.
Wow! Sorry this was so long, I really love log homes. Never owned one though.
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