Building a handcrafted log home.
The image above represents a sort of “blue print” by the Craftsmen at Cascade Handcrafted. The design or floor plan is provided in an Auto Cad form but the builders have to actually determine the sizes and measurements based on their log stock. As you can see, there is no app for this it is all done by pencil and calculator. We are honored to have our Master Craftsman Brian, not only one of the most highly respected craftsmen in the trade, but also an expert in hand drawn plans.
The traditional log home building method is far more complex than the custom homes you see built today. When you build a handcrafted log home, you are actually building from the top down to the foundation.
With modern homes, all the building materials are a standard size. With a handcrafted log home, all the building materials have different widths and sizes. This means that you have to allow for the western red cedar flared end of the log at one end of the building to match up with all the other logs and timbers on the other side of the structure. So imagine, a post and beam construction style but not all the beams are the same size so you have to allow for the sizing to maintain a level structure. Thus why building from the top down makes more sense.
When a customer chooses a floor plan and makes any customization to the design, the craftsmen at Cascade Handcrafted have to choose just the right logs or timbers that are going to be used on the project. A customer might choose the floor plan to be built with diamond-notch flares. The craftsman then has to source the logs that will fit into the walls to produce this stunning feature.
There is no gyprock or plasterboard in a handcrafted log home, so when it comes to preparing for the electrical components, it is necessary to hollow out the squares where the switches & outlet boxes will be placed. It may also be necessary to bore a hole through the log wall to feed an electrical wire through to hide it, depending on the design. All this has to be determined while building the handcrafted log home.
There are many more complexities depending on the design, structure type and all that has to be taken into consideration when building a handcrafted log home.
Once completed, you have a beautiful log home that is highly energy efficient, and will be in the family for centuries.