We offer many different construction styles to create your unique, stunning log home! How your home is assembled influences its engineering, finishing, and maintenance expectations. At Cascade Handcrafted Log Homes we build a log home that will serve for centuries, with good design and proper maintenance.
‘Full Scribe’ refers to a method of fitting horizontal stacked logs to build a tight wall. Each log has a long groove hand cut into its underside, so it precisely and securely nests on the log below. The corners are interlocked with notching to provide a very secure structure.’
‘Chinked’ refers to a method of fitting horizontal stacked logs to build a wall. Each horizontal log rests on the log below; we choose the logs to fit well but there is no grooving along the bottom side. To keep the weather out ‘chinking’ – a special filler – is applied between the logs, much like a bricklayer uses mortar between bricks. The corners are interlocked with notching to provide a very secure structure. We build chinked homes periodically on request.’
‘Hybrid’ homes are a popular combination of ‘Full Scribed’ and ‘Post and Beam.’ We put down a few horizontal courses of ‘Full Scribe’ logs and then build ‘Post and Beam’ on top. Here is an example photo of a ‘Hybrid’ log home and a photo of the same ‘Hybrid’ log home under construction’
Post and Beam
‘Post and Beam’ homes use vertical logs (posts) to support load-bearing horizontal logs (beams), similar in idea to a kitchen table, except on a grand, more complex scale. This creates a robust frame for a home of beautiful exposed logs, leaving many options open for the exterior walls.
Timber Frame Construction
‘Timber Frame construction is similar to ‘Post and Beam’ except milled lumber (8′ x 8’ for example) is used instead of logs. This type of construction uses classic mortise and tenon joinery, secured by wooden dowels.”