Monday, June 25, 2012

Building a Log Home, chapter 4

In these pictures you can see that another month has gone by and the walls have really begun to define the rooms. We could walk through and get a better feel for the sizes of the rooms. They no longer had that small feeling. Strangely, as the wall height increased the rooms expanded. There was an opening where the front door would go and a crawl through space at the back where eventually windows would be cut out, but while they worked on the structure in the airplane hangar they kept the long logs intact. Cutting out the windows wasn’t going to happen until the entire house was re-erected on our site. In fact, there was one room we couldn’t even see into unless we climbed up onto a ladder and looked down into it.

The floor of the hangar had several inches of fresh sawdust. The place smelled wonderful! The guys would sweep up barrels of sawdust every day. A local lady came and carted it all away to use like straw in her stable.

Notice the interlocking corners. They stacked the logs alternating butt and top ends so you can see here the effect of big-little-big-little. North Arrow Log Homes had done about 160 log homes before ours, but almost all had only four or six or eight corners since most people only use logs for the exterior walls. We wanted log walls everywhere so we had 19 or 20 corners (I’ve lost track).

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