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A mighty fortress.

Log On, Mailbag,


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Custom doors, Lego logs and
a snow country classic.

Media, Starting Point


Energy books and the cost of
handcrafted logs.

10

Energy efficiency in a log home


goes well beyond the logs.

40

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California Dreaming
Home at Last

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A North Carolina couple create a mountain residence that reflects their roots.

50

Maximum Efficiency
Get the most from heating and cooling your log home.

52

Alternative Current
How to take advantage of renewable-energy opportunities.

57

Warmed-Over Idea
Tried-and-true radiant heat offers advantages for todays log homes.

Cover Guide
A distinctive and comfortable
great room showcases large
western red cedar logs. Photo
by Russ McConnell. See more
of this home by logbuilder
Bryan Reid on page 30.

Inside the Box


A well-planned foyer makes a
lasting first impression.

Big logs define a work of art thats built to stand 500 years.

40

Money Matters
Variety of log styles and sizes
lets you choose your savings.

features
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Savvy Builder

Great Places
The biggest log lodge east of the
Mississippi.

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Cabin Fever
A vintage cabin takes the LEED.

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Resources
Find out where to find out.

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log home, finished or under construction,
or perhaps just the land you intend building on, the Log Home Neighborhood is
the perfect place. Its also where to ask
questions and get answers, both from
people whove been through the experience of buying and building a log home
or from experts in the log-home field.
Or join one of the chat threads.

golden years
If youre looking forward to living
in a log home after you retire, dont wait
until you clock out to make it happen. By
planning now, youll be able to get the
most enjoyment from it for the longest
time. Find out all the benefits and what
you need to do to get started now.
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A great place to get ideas to help you
design and furnish your log home is a loghome open house. These weekend events
are held all over the country, including
near where you live, where youd like to
live and where you might be traveling.
For dates and locations, search our webexclusive Calendar of Events. It lists open
houses by state, as well as workshops,
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Winter is a great time to get going on designing your log home. Februarys Log Home Living
will demystify the design process and show you plenty of possibilities. Articles will discuss the
basics, identify common elements of successful log-home design, provide tips for finding the
right floor plans and reveal how to customize a standard plan. Youll also learn whether to hire a
design pro or design it yourself.
The featured room will be master suites. Well present design and decor ideas to make
your homes most intimate room even more special and romantic. Speaking of romance,
in celebration of Valentines Day, well disclose where couples in love can get married in a log
wedding chapel.
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practical ideas to help you get the most home for your money. On sale: December 20, 2011.

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Charming, beautiful, wooderific these are just three things people

say they like about log homes. One trait not often mentioned is strength. Log
homes are built to last. Time will tell whether they do, but right here and now,
log homes are already proving their durability.
In the wake of disasters, news reports have noted log homes that withstood
natures fury while nearby ordinary homes perished. Watching footage of summers Vermont flooding recalled a newspaper photo from 20 years ago of a
log home floating down the Connecticut River. High water had lifted it off its
foundation, and the current carried off the entire home. It didnt get far before it
snagged on a bridge. It was trucked back to its foundation and still stands.
In the years since, readers whose homes survived calamities have told us their
stories, often with pictures. Californias 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: Stick
houses tumbled and freeways crumbled while log homes stood. Logs also prevailed when Hurricane Andrew blew through South Florida in 1992. When the
floodwaters subsided after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, a log builder
outside New Orleans shared snapshots of several of his homes still in one piece,
including one that was washed off its foundation and upended in a neighboring
swimming pool. Even tilted, its walls stayed straight.
Last April, a tornado whirled through Virginia with 110-mph winds. Kimball Maull, whose vacation log home sat in the twisters path, said it leveled three
homes directly across from his, as well as a neighboring church and most of the
surrounding pine trees, including one 27 inches in diameter that fell on his roof.
Despite the absolute destruction on all sides, Mr. Maull rejoiced, the home
remained intact.
Praise for logs is common, but it isnt only the solid wood that ensures such
steadfast stability. The ingenious way logs are securely stacked and fastened to
form super-strong walls enables them to routinely defy natures onslaughts.
Longtime log builder Bryan Reid, whose home we feature on page 30,
declared he built it with logs so big he has no doubt it will outlast him by hundreds of years. His wife, Kay, offered a more immediate sentiment about living
in a log home. It feels like my mother putting her arms around me and saying,
Everything is OK, she told writer Teresa Wolff. I just feel safe.
Strong and comforting what other kind of home can say that?

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Open-Door Policy

Log-o Land

Our story on entryways (Inside the Box,


page 20) tells how to add excitement to
your foyer. The centerpiece is the front
door. Here are a few websites that feature
doors that go well with log homes. All
three sites display a wide range of custom
door styles.

Is there anything you


cant build with Lego?
Now the ubiquitous toy
building block company
has branched into log
homes with its Creator
Log Cabin. Lacking only
a floor plan, the 5-by-5inch wilderness getaway
includes wooden logs,
doors and windows that
open, a removable red
roof and hinged wall section for greater access,
a plastic open fire with
chicken cooking on a
rotisserie, a tree, a canoe
with paddle and an action figure wearing a backpack. The 355-piece set is actually
three sets in one because the cabin can be rebuilt as a country retreat, featuring a garden, street lamp and porch light, or a river hut, which has a brook, bridge, outdoor stove
and furniture. Suitable for ages 7 to 12, the Creator Log Cabin (Item No. 5766) retails
for $29.99.

Specialtywoodworks.com
A custom door-and-cabinet maker located
in Hamilton, Montana, Specialty Woodworks got its start in 1981 creating products almost exclusively for log homes. Its
customer base has expanded since then,
but it still individually crafts raised-panel
doors and assembles them by hand. They
feature laminated floating panels, making them virtually splitproof. Doors are
available in almost any species and grade
of wood, among them environmentally
friendly blue pine.
Blue pine is the result of microscopic
fungi discoloring the sapwood. Its color
ranges from blue to gray, and sometimes
even red or brown. Once the wood is
milled and kiln dried, the fungus growth
stops. It has no effect on the strength
or life of the lumber but creates natural,
artistic designs.

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Greatriverdoor.com
Great River Door Company makes custom
wood doors that feature designs carved
into the wood by sand. Located in Brainerd, Minnesota, it boasts that its handand-sand crafting process ensures that
no two doors are ever alike. Great River is
one of only a handful of companies whose
doors feature true mortise-and-tenon
construction. To get the best effect from
its sand-carving process, the company
prefers white pine, cedar, Douglas fir, redwood and cypress but will consider other
woods on request, including reclaimed
lumber. Doors are shipped either fully finished to enhance the design or unfinished.
Mastercraftwindowsdoors.com
Located in Kamloops, British Columbia,
MasterCraft supplies doors for log-home
manufacturers around the world, designing and crafting each one individually by
hand from Douglas fir or reclaimed oldgrowth Douglas fir whose quality, density
and color cannot be matched by modern
lumber production. To create its log-home
doors, MasterCraft uses these timbers
and beams from old buildings, bridges and
other structures that are dismantled every
year, obtaining large timbers that it can
re-mill to the dimensions needed for its
doors. MasterCraft can also provide original hand carvings on its doors.
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Snow Country Classic


We are now completing our log home, Soaring Eagle Lodge, in Whitefish, Montana.
Even though it is an Old World handcrafted, peeled, scribed log home with huge logs,
it has total modern (though not noticeable) comforts: 5,800 square feet with all radiant
heating, Lutron wireless light system, state-of-the-art exterior lighting, etc.
PAUL OKERBERG
Whitefish, Montana
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Making a
Difference

Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A


New Approach for Your Home and
Garden (New Society Publishers, 304
pages, $29.95) by Sue Reed. Few loghome owners care to spend time or
money cultivating and maintaining a
lawn, especially when their home is surrounded by natural growth. This useful
guide presents hundreds of practical
ways everyone can save money, time and
effort while making their landscapes
more environmentally healthy and
energy efficient.
Questioning the
social importance
of lawn may lead
to some interesting conversations
and perhaps some
heated disagreements, but this
book is not the
place for that
debate, the author observes. In
contrast, the gargantuan amounts of
energy consumed by the construction
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The larger your


logs, the more
theyll cost you,
simply because
they contain
more wood.

Don Cochran photo

Crafting Log Homes Solar Style: An


Inspiring Guide to Self-Sufficiency
(PixyJack Press, 256 pages, $25) by Rex
A. Ewing and LaVonne Ewing. Theres
no shortage of books addressing energy
efficiency, but few combine that topic
with log building. The Ewings have completely revised their now-classic Logs,
Wind and Sun to
present a down-toearth guide to building solar-powered
log homes, complete
with how-to illustrations and photos,
plus enlightening
stories from loghome owners across
the country. The
book tells how the
authors built a handcrafted, off-the-grid
log home in the Colorado Rockies and
demonstrates how renewable energy is
a perfect match for modern log-home
living, from small weekend cabins to
expansive year-round homes.

How much do handcrafted log


homes cost?

Q:
A:

As with milled logs (see Money Matters, page 16), the cost variable
in a handcrafted log home is pretty much
just the logs. You determine the balance of
your expenses by the level of finishes and
amenities. Your logs can cost $50,000 or
$200,000, and your home could still top
out at a million.
True, the fact that youre building a log
home might influence your decisions. You
arent likely to aspire to Ikea cabinetry, for
example. It helps to think of your home as a
custom home being built with, among other
things, logs.
So what determines the price of
handcrafted logs? First, theyre big. Most
run between 10 and 18 inches in diameter
and can be 30 or 40 feet long. Usually,
the bigger they are and the less taper
from butt to tip, the more they cost, both
because theres more wood and because
long, straight, thick logs are scarcer. Logs
destined to be handcrafted for house walls
sometimes have to be located scattered
over large areas and hauled out, occasionally by helicopter.
Second, the logs must be peeled or

and care of lawns is clear to all, and


beyond dispute. And that is the subject of this book.
Combining general guidelines
with tips, techniques and actions,
this fully illustrated guide explains
the many opportunities our landscapes provide for conserving energy,
such as how to lower a homes heating
and cooling costs, minimize fuel used in

hewn by hand. This is laborious work, needing days instead of the hours that a sawmill
takes. Then, the logs have to be shaped
and fitted when stacked to form walls, again
by hand. This takes a great degree of skill.
Expertise costs.
Third, the walls are taken apart, loaded
on trucks and shipped to the site. Bigger
logs are heavier logs and cost more to ship.
Fourth, the logs must be unloaded,
hoisted into position, usually by crane (costly
to rent), and fit together precisely.
Fifth, chain-saw wizards usually cut
openings through the standing walls for windows and doors. Theres little room for error
again, skill.
So, the amount of building material
and the expertise needed to erect the walls
determine what handcrafted logs cost. Species is a price variable, but rarely enough
to make that much difference since youre
already in the big leagues with big logs
You want a dollar amount? Customdesigned handcrafted log homes, depending
on where theyre built, can range between
$250 and $500 a square foot about the
same as other custom homes built in the
same setting. The way to lower that cost is
make the home or the logs smaller or
build with milled logs.

landscape construction, maintenance and


everyday use, and choose products and
materials with lower embedded energy
costs. Written in non-scientific language
with clear explanations and an easy conversational style, Energy-Wise Landscape
Design is essential for everyone who wants
to shrink their energy footprint while
enhancing their property and adding value
to their home.
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sav vy builder

The whole-house approach to energy


efficiency relies on four components to
keep a home comfortable by forming
a barrier between inside and outside
air: the foundation (1), the log walls (2),
windows (3) and the roof (4).

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The Big Picture


Energy efficiency in a log home goes well beyond the logs.
Dont try to calculate postage

for your building envelope. Its not something you can put in the mail. Even if
you could, you wouldnt want to mail
it trust me on that.
Every home, including those made
from logs, has a building envelope. Its
made up of the construction materials that separate the inside of your
home from the outside. If you want to
impress or frighten people at dinner parties, you could define building envelopes
as those material assemblies that form
the boundary between conditioned and
semi-conditioned space and unconditioned space. Or you might simply say
its the walls, floors and roof of your
home that separate the inside from the
outside.
This might seem like builder trivia,
until you consider that your building
envelope is what makes your home a
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shelter. It also plays a major role in keeping the interior of your home livable
and comfortable. Problems with your
building envelope can mean anything
from leaky roofs or sky-high utility bills
to extreme discomfort and even illness.
All are reasons to take your envelope
seriously.

Starting Point
To understand the importance of your
building envelope and make informed
decisions about envelope choices, lets
work from the ground up starting
with your foundation.
The foundation separates your
homes interior from the ground and
sometimes outside air. Your foundation
may be a concrete slab set directly on
the ground (slab-on-grade), a crawlspace
or a full basement. Depending on your
building site and design preferences, you

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may use a variety of building assemblies


for foundation walls, such as masonry
block, poured concrete, insulated concrete forms or a permanent wood foundation. Regardless of type and building
assemblies, the foundation portion of
your envelope has several important
roles.
To work properly, foundations have
to keep moisture, radon and insects out
and energy in. This means that your
foundation must be waterproofed and
properly drained, and, in radon country,
the floor slab should be ventilated to
keep this cancer-causing gas from seeping into your home.
Fortunately, building codes specify methods for accomplishing most of
these, although sometimes building to
code isnt entirely sufficient. Builders,
architects, building inspectors, energy
consultants and soil engineers in your
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area can help you determine the best foundation building components and assemblies for your environment.

A properly sealed
foundation is the
starting point.

While methods and materials for protecting a foundation from water, insects and
radon are well established, dealing with
energy loss through a foundation isnt so
clear. Here, recent research in building science and energy efficiency sometimes calls
for approaches that havent yet made it into
builders knowledge tool bags.
Even though ground surface temperatures generally follow air temperatures five
feet or more below the ground, surface
temperatures remain a fairly constant 56
to 60 degrees in most of the United States.
Since most people consider this a little
nippy for an indoor temperature, thermostats are usually set higher. Heat flow
is directed from higher to lower temperatures, meaning that your basement floor
slab and foundation walls are sucking
energy out of your house around the clock
every day of the year. In summer, this
heat flow can have a cooling effect. But in
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lar is spent in a futile attempt to warm the


ground to your thermostat setting.
Today, new-home foundations often
sport sweaters of rigid foam insulation.
A basic 2-inch layer around and under
foundations can help reduce energy costs.
Adding more improves results (to a point),
with super-insulated homes often featuring
12-plus inches of insulation under the slab
and around foundation walls.

Outside Walls
Foundations are only one part of your building envelope. Exterior walls form another.
In a log home, exterior wall means either
solid log or an insulated log system consisting of a frame or structural insulated panel
(SIP) core sandwiched between half-logs.
Included in the exterior wall portion of the
envelope are two other important components: windows and doors. Anything else,
such as a chimney that forms part of the
barrier between inside and outside, is also
part of the envelope.
Solid logs make a pretty simple wall
system. With caulking, chinking and internal seals, they do a good job of keeping
out air and water. Insulated log systems

Take the Blower-Door Test


A blower door test offers the best way to determine the quality of you building envelope. By closing all
doors and windows and pressurizing or depressurizing your home, you can use a blower door to tell you
exactly how much air is escaping. Using a simple smoke pencil while the house is pressurized, the tester can locate places where log seals are incomplete or window and door seals are loose or lacking.
The best time to conduct a blower door test is when the shell of your home and the interior framing
are complete but interior wall coverings and ceilings havent yet been installed. At this stage of construction its usually easier to identify and correct any leaks.
A blower door test can confirm that youve created a tight building envelope. It can also alert you to
the need for mechanical ventilation.
While a tight envelope protects against energy loss and air and water leakage, it also allows stale air
to accumulate inside. Stale air is both unhealthy and unpleasant. A truly tight envelope should require
mechanical ventilation in the form of a heat- or energy-recovery ventilator. These systems exhaust stale,
moist inside air, capturing its heat (heat-recovery systems) or heat and moisture (energy-recovery systems) and transferring them to a stream of fresh air drawn from outdoors. Recovery-ventilation systems
cost a lot less to install or operate than heating and cooling systems and will maintain healthy indoor air
quality in a tight home.

can be even tighter because the core of the


wall is less dependent on sealants. With an
insulated log wall, the core of the wall is
the actual envelope, and the half-logs are
considered wall coverings. A structural
insulated wall core makes a very tight barrier against wind and water.
The best solid-log wall system has both
internal and external seals. Because logs
expand and contract both as they dry and
with seasonal weather changes, a single
seal between inside and outside usually isnt

sufficient to provide maximum weather


and energy protection. A typical solid-log
system might include logs milled with one
or more tongue-and-groove joints sealed
with a gasket-type sealant. Adding caulk or
chinking to both sides of the log joints then
provides three or more planes of protection.

Windows and Doors


Whether a log wall system is solid or insulated, any penetration that goes from outside to inside is especially vulnerable to air,

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water and energy leakage. Window and


door openings need careful attention. Windows and doors are secured to solid-log
walls with dimensional lumber framing,
called bucks. Sealing the door or window
in the buck isnt difficult and is handled
the same way it would be in a conventionally framed home. Sealing the buck to the
logs presents a greater challenge. Loghome providers use a variety of methods
to attach bucks to logs. When inspecting
a model home, ask about the tightness of
windows and doors. Water stains or drafts
around doorjambs or window trim suggest that seals may not have been installed
or have failed, or that the sealing system
hasnt been well thought out.
Window and door units themselves
play an important role in creating the
building envelope. Both include a variety of
seals to block movement of air and water.
In addition, most include some insulation
to help keep valuable heating and cooling
energy inside.
Glass, whether in windows or doors,
is a special case. Glass is a poor insulator,
so windows are often manufactured incorporating multiple glass panes with sealed
airspaces between. These air spaces may
be filled with inert gases, such as argon, to
increase insulating ability.
Because windows are much poorer
insulators than solid walls, it pays to use the
best windows you can afford, especially in
very cold or hot climates. In hot climates,
its also best to choose windows that block
the suns energy by choosing units that have
a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). In
cold climates, the more sunlight allowed in
during winter, the better.
To get the most from windows and
doors, design your roof with large enough
overhangs to block summer sun while not
obstructing lower-angle winter sunlight.
Architects and energy consultants can tell
you exactly how large an overhang youll
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usually shingles, tile or metal sheathing,
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decking over the timbers, followed by a


vapor barrier such as thick plastic, rigid
foam insulation, sheathing, a moisture barrier such as tarpaper and a roof covering.
Regardless of its type, the roof has
two important tasks. It should stop air
and water as close to the outside surface as
possible. It should also stop the movement
of energy (heat) at the inside surface. While
performing these tasks, its important that
moist interior air be kept out of the roof
assembly. This can be done using vapor
barrier paint on interior ceilings or by
placing a layer of plastic directly behind
drywall or tongue-and-groove.
Barrier layers should be carefully
sealed with tape to eliminate any possible
moisture entry. When allowed to move
through a roof assembly, moisture in the
warmed interior air can condense when it
hits a cold exterior surface. The condensed
moisture then soaks insulation and drips
back, ruining drywall and giving the mistaken impression of a roof leak. Over time,
the damage can be substantial. Warm air
leaking into a roof can also lead to ice
dams, which can damage or destroy gutters and roof edges.
Floors, walls and roof are the major
components of your building envelope, but
there are two additional areas that need
care and attention. These are the joints
formed where exterior walls meet foundation and roof. Failure to insulate and seal
these areas can lead to enormous energy
loss. The exact details of sealing these
vulnerable areas depend greatly on climate
and the building systems you are using.
Ask builders youre considering about their
approach. Be very cautious if any dont
seem to understand the question or say
it isnt important. Remember, youll be
receiving the utility bills, not them.
A cozy, comfortable, energy-efficient
home begins with a great building envelope. Starting with one means you can heat
and cool your home with a smaller HVAC
system, and your monthly utility bills will
be lower. It also means your home will
require less maintenance and is less likely
to face the need for costly repairs from
leaking water or air.
Jim Cooper (jimcooper@tallgrass-inc.com)
is a former general contractor, the author
of Log Homes Made Easy and a LEED
Accredited Professional who consults in
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The Price Is Right


Variety of log styles and sizes lets you choose your savings.
That is the single-most asked question
by prospective buyers. Its also the most
difficult one to answer. And customers
arent the only ones who are frustrated;
dealers and manufacturers are fully
aware that not giving an easy answer
could lose a sale. In reality, however,
the answer is, It depends. The sooner
you accept this statement, the sooner
you can start looking in the right place.
What do I mean by the right
place? Like everyone else, my husband
and I started our search by oohing and
aahing at the majestic, multi-faceted
homes with numerous peaks in the roof,
giant trusses, huge windows and big
logs. What we didnt realize right away
is that every one of our favorite log
homes was handcrafted and so far out
of our price range that we might as well
have been shopping for a castle.
The first thing you need to do is
distinguish between a handcrafted log
home and a milled log home. If the logs
are not evenly sized, you know right
away you are looking at a handcrafted
home. Handcrafted log homes will cost
anywhere from two to four times as
much per square foot as a milled log
home, when you take into consideration
the size of the logs and the intense labor
required from the first day the logs are
selected.
If you prefer a handcrafted log
home, you need read no further. Turn
to Starting Point on page 9.

Corners Count
For everyone else, there are other basic
factors to consider that affect price: log
diameter, log species and log corners.
The first two factors speak for themselves. The corner system, however, can
make a big difference. For instance,
think about how the logs are stacked.
If you remember your Lincoln Logs
toy, you had to find the half-log to start
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How much does a log home cost?

Even though logs define a log home, they represent only a quarter to a fifth of the cost of
the finished home. The basic cost of same-size logs varies little from company to company.

the first course before stacking the wall


logs. This is the way a saddle-notched
corner system is constructed.
The courses are staggered and the
logs notched to fit snugly together.
When you look at the corner you will
see each log end lying on top of the one
below it, creating a continuous unbroken stretch from top to bottom. These
notches require another run through the
mill and will add to the eventual cost.
When you look at a butt-and-pass
log home, you will see a gap between
each log past the corner. This is because
all the logs are laid on the same plane.
The first course starts with a full log
that butts up against the other wall
log which runs past it. The next course
reverses the process. There is no notch
to hold them together, hence less time in
the mill. If you compare a butt-and-pass
house to a saddle-notched house, dollar for dollar the butt-and-pass house
should be less expensive. This is where
aesthetics kicks in.

A home with logs that are flat


inside and out will probably be joined
with a dovetail system, where the logs
are notched at an angle and snugly fit
together. Think of the corner of your
dresser drawer. These also require more
precision equipment and are a little
more expensive to build.
There are other corner systems, but
these three are the most common for
milled log homes. Just bear in mind
that the corner creates one of the big
differences between one manufacturers
product and anothers.

Package Pricing
After you have decided on the corner
system, youll find that every company
quotes its logs differently. To get a
real apples-to-apples comparison, you
must ask for a quote only on the logs.
And remember that the logs constitute
a quarter to a fifth of the cost of the
eventual house. Youre going to find
that within the same size, species and
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vary all that much from one manufacturer
to another not including shipping, of
course.
Many companies quote on a weathered-in shell, which means all the components for a weathertight house: logs,
windows, roof sheathing and doors. Its
tempting to get this kind of quote, but
remember that you may be paying thousands of extra dollars to ship generic
lumber across the country. And when the
extra stuff is delivered, its up to you to
store it all safe and dry on site. If your
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youre going to discover that your log
home is not a whole lot different from any
other custom home. The roof materials
are the same, the heating systems are the
same, and the windows are basically the
same. Most of your decisions are on the
inside of the house: stock kitchen vs. custom cabinets, granite vs. Formica, wood
floors vs. carpeting, tongue-and-groove
vs. Sheetrock, antler chandelier vs. wagon
wheel. Heres where the wild differences
in price can add up. Its a custom home,
remember, and the choices are up to you.
In the mid-Atlantic states, for instance,
the price per square foot for a custom
framed house and a custom log home will
be pretty equivalent. When looked at from
that point of view, the whole pricing equation starts to make more sense.
Calculating the bottom line is where
we all get into trouble. Theres no agreement as to a budgeting price, because
local costs vary so much. When I started
designing my home, the log-home magazines said to budget $150 per square foot.
I thought this was outrageous, but in the
end, we spent about $157 per square foot
for a saddle-notched home with 8-inch
pine logs and some upgrades. Im glad I
paid attention. If you start with this figure
for even a modest milled-log home, youll
at least be in the ballpark.
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Entrancing Entries
A well-planned foyer makes a lasting first impression.
MOST FOLKS COMING THROUGH the

front door of a log home give the entrance


hardly a fleeting glance as they hurry to see
the rest of the house. After all, entrances
to homes grand or modest are transitional
spaces. But exciting entries can be beckoning
preludes that prompt people to pause.
The adage about getting only one
chance to make a first impression holds
true when it comes to designing and
decorating a log home. Foyers worth
admiring take planning.
Inviting entryways begin outside the
home. Whether just a simple front door
or a sit-a-spell porch or a full-blown
porte-cochere, theyre all about design,
very little about decor. The focus is usually the door, assisted by light fixtures,
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door hardware, perhaps a sidelight or


transom. More elaborate homes might
feature a log truss and log posts supporting an entry roof. Add one or two props
beside the door to complete the setting.
Once the door opens, the entry not
only ought to usher folks inside, but
also announce the tone of the rest of
the home. Whatever your homes style
and scale, the foyer should complement, not contradict. Here are some
points to consider when designing your
homes entryway.
Complete the transition from outside
to indoors by offering a view directly
into the great room. You can create an
eye-catching impression by allowing the

ABOVE: Inviting entryways provide a welcoming transition from the outdoors to the
homes interior, in this case taking advantage
of the wall logs and stair railings to create
a cozy space thats almost a room within a
room. The tile floor is a practical surface.

entryway to view a particularly dramatic


scene beyond the great room windows.
Unless youre using it as a mudroom,

dont enclose your foyer. If you regard


it as a roomette, bump it out from the
front wall or partition it with stonework, such as the back of the living
room fireplace.
How much log? Your door will open

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LEFT: Large logs and a low ceiling define a


small foyer, which exudes charm but avoids
feeling claustrophobic by providing a preview
of the great room beyond.

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BELOW: Avoid an abrupt entry directly into


the home by using stairs, a slightly elevated
floor and a loft overhang to convey the
impression of a room within a room. The distinction works both coming and going.

space immediately inside is likely to be


small and darker than the space beyond,
dont hesitate to use drywall off the logs
to brighten it.

fixtures and furnishings, the layout itself


will influence how its seen and how it
works with adjoining space, both inside
and outside the log walls.

If your stairs start at the front door,


build a coat closet beneath them, or at
least install pegs for guests to hang coats
and hats. Another choice is to use the
under-stairs space for a table, plants, even
a desk and chair to create a setting thats
distinct from an adjoining room.

Go with the flow. Instead of funneling

Flooring can effectively define entrances that open directly into the living room.
Popular options are tile and stone or
wood running perpendicular to floorboards beyond the entry.
Dont overlook overhead space. Besides
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folks inside, allow them to pass through


unimpeded. If you wish for a fountain in
your foyer, dont build it in the middle;
move it to one side.
Avoid leading people directly from the
front door to the kitchen. Thats why
there are back doors.
Think twice before locating a powder
room immediately inside the front door. If
you still favor the idea, think twice more.
Right-size your foyer by determining

how much room youll need for people to


stand while youre greeting them.
One last point. Entrances work
coming and going. Theyre just as much
exitways. Does your foyer leave a lasting impression that matches the first?
Furnish your foyer to say so long in
style, relying on pieces that work from
three directions: in the door, out the
door and before the door, all as seen
while standing within the space, whatever size, that you define as your entryway. Wall hangings are especially suited
to these perspectives.
As you plan your log home, gather
examples of entries you like to give you
ideas for your own. Then design it to say
exactly what you want it to, starting, of
course, with a big, Welcome!
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great places

By Megan Swoyer

Garland Lodge and Resort photos

Michigans Garland Lodge and Resort, built


with Engelmann spruce and lodgepole pine
logs from the West, touts itself as the largest log resort east of the Mississippi.

Links n Logs
A Michigan grand resort spotlights wood and woods.
For Anne Marie Poter ala, staying

at northern Michigans Garland Lodge


and Resort is like slipping on a pair
of comfortable shoes loafers most
likely. We love it there, says Poterala,
a healthcare consultant who has been to
the resort several times both for fun and
on business. Its great for work or play.
And you have options beyond golf, in
case youre not a golfer.
Shes referring to horseback riding,
fly-fishing, tennis, nature activities and
other pursuits that round out the resorts
offerings. Still, its hard to resist Garlands four tree-lined championship golf
courses, which meander around lakes
and streams and through wildlife-rich

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forests and challenging elevation changes.


Theres even a nine-hole putting course.
But the pice de rsistance for log
buffs is the resorts rich, woody beauty.
Take the soaring lobby. It welcomes
guests with comfortable furnishings in
front of a huge fireplace, a game table,
old snowshoe adornments, stunning
stained-glass windows and more. This
is the largest log resort east of the Mississippi, explains Bob OBrien, Garlands
resident historian.

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Built in 1985 out of 15-inch-thick
Engelmann spruce logs from British
Columbia, the spacious facility gleams with

log-style appeal at every turn. Engelmann


spruce, which is a medium-size tree, averaging 100 feet tall and up to 36 inches
in diameter, features the whitest of all the
softwoods, thus determining the color of
Garlands main lobby.
In 2001, part of the 45,000-squarefoot main lodges south wing burned in a
fire and was rebuilt with lodgepole pine
logs from western Montanas Bitterroot
Valley. Lodgepole pine is named for its
use in Native American tepee lodges. Its
long, straight and lightweight characteristics made it ideal for transport by horses
in nomadic buffalo-hunting cultures.
Viewing the lodges logs, Garlands
guests may see variations such as knots,

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Big, milled logs enrich the grandeur and the comfort level
of the resort, beginning with the impressive main lobby
(left) and extending to the more than 180 guest rooms,
many of which surround guests in warm-wood comfort
(below). Besides providing structural support, logs also
are used as artful embellishments that enhance the lodge
mood, such as behind the bar (bottom).

gnarls and snow twists so named


because often in a hillside trees life, snow
piles up and gradually moves downhill
over the winter, bending the trees with it.

Visitors Return
The resort offers more than 180 guest
rooms. For those who dont stay in the
main lodge, there are various chalets that
exude warmth and rusticity. If traveling
with a group, consider a villa (some can
sleep up to 24 people). People whove
stayed here often love it so much, they
purchase real estate, OBrien says of
the 3,000 acres that beckon with soaring
pines, hardwoods and a family of eagles
whove lived on one of the golf holes for
years. OBrien, who sells property at the
resort, recalls one retired Texas couple
who loved vacationing there so much that
they eventually purchased property so they

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could spend entire summers at Garland.


During winter months, the resort
turns into a snow-covered wonderland,
with expansive outdoor light displays,
decorated holiday trees, snowshoeing,
cross-country ski events and the popular
Zhivago Night packages, which evoke
the romantic mood of Boris Pasternaks
best-selling novel Doctor Zhivago and
the subsequent films intertwining scenes
of snow-capped Russia, beautiful music,
horse-drawn sleighs and lustful interludes.
Zhivago evenings at the resort feature
a sleigh ride to Garlands Bridge Inn,
where a blazing fire warms guests as they
indulge in a five-course meal with wine
amid yet another log-style setting. No
one in our group will ever forget our
Zhivago weekend, says Toni Grinnan,
an attorney from southeast Michigan who
visits the resort every year with several

other lawyer pals for cross-country skiing.


The complete silence of the woods
at night just the sound of the horses
hooves was wonderful, Grinnan says.
And the amazing number of stars visible
from the northern woods, along with the
fabulous food and drink at the end of the
trail all great memories.
Poterala, too, is impressed. Its rather
upscale rustic, which I like, but at the
same time, its a homey resort, she says,
not hoity-toity. You feel comfortable surrounded by all those beautiful logs.
IF YOU GO: Garland Lodge and Resort is
located in Lewiston, Michigan, 60 miles
from Detroit and 70 miles from Grand
Rapids, both via I-75. For information
and reservations, phone 877-442-7526,
email info@garlandusa.com or visit the
website garlandusa.com.

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cabin fever

By Roland Sweet Photos by Heidi Long

Updating
Tradition
A vintage cabin goes for the
green and wins the platinum.

A 160-year-old homestead
cabin, rebuilt to welcome
visitors to Montanas Saddlehorn Ranch, features energyefficient and sustainable
measures. Building materials,
many of them recycled, came
from within 500 miles.

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HEN DOUG AVERILL PLANNED

his Saddlehorn Ranch development outside Bigfork,


Montana, he wanted an enduring symbol that captured both the spirit and the
intent of the place, something to connect with western Montanas log-cabin
tradition that would also emphasize
energy efficiency. He found the perfect
representation in a 160-year-old homestead cabin that was taken apart and
moved to the site to serve as a welcome
center for the 800-acre community.
The cabin had the right look, but
it was far from energy efficient. Averill
changed all that when he reassembled
the cabin by incorporating efficiency
and sustainability i.e. green measures that ultimately earned the cabin
a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. As a result, it may well be the
nations oldest LEED platinum-certified
project.
The hand-hewn white oak logs
were re-stacked to form the walls for
the 900-square-foot cabin, then the
interior walls were furred out, and
leftover logs split and attached to the
framing. The space between the full
logs and split logs was filled with soybased spray foam insulation, providing
a tight seal and highly efficient wall. By
using original logs for the false wall, the
cabin interior retains its original look.
To reduce energy expended in
the cabins construction, all building
materials came from within 500 miles.
That includes nearly 50,000 cubic yards
of granite that was cleared from the
site and crushed to use as the road base
for the development, as well as for the
fireplace and foundation veneer. Averill
reckons that step alone saved 4,000
truckloads of rock having to come from
Kalispell, 18 miles away.
Leftover wall logs were used
not just for the inner walls, but also
for door and window trim and the
connecting porte-cochere.

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ABOVE: Reclaimed wood used for roof decking, the ridge beam and rafters
enrich the character of the cabins ceiling.
TOP: The cabins interior walls were formed by stacking an inner layer of
logs over soy-based foam insulation, which dramatically boosted the walls
energy efficiency while preserving the logs authentic looks.
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Its roof is designed to collect rainwater, which


is then used for landscaping.
Heating on both levels is by a radiant, in-floor
system.
Doors and windows are Energy Star rated.
The kitchen stove is an original Majestic model that
was taken apart and reconfigured to meet Energy
Star standards.
All other wood was reclaimed, including
bead board, paneling, cabinets, doors and roofing.
The bar top came from an old wooden bridge deck
in nearby Woods Bay, the backs of the bar stools
from timbers burned by the eruption of Mount St.
Helens, and the legs of the stools from cedar fence
posts in Montana.
All interior wood is finished with beeswax.
Non-log walls are native clay tinted with natural
dyes.
Our biggest challenge was figuring out how
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Old oxen


yokes were used for the door and window
headers, supported by reclaimed timbers.
The doors and wainscoting were fashioned
from barnwood after they were sandblasted.
Each door had to be built and framed onsite. Local woodworkers crafted the dining
chairs, to which interior designer Jane Starr
added padded seats. Window trim was cut
on-site. Starr, who watched old western
movies for ideas, delighted in finding items
locally, especially the post office cabinet.

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ABOVE AND LEFT: The kitchen is interior designer Starrs pride and joy for combining oldstyle looks with up-to-date efficiency. The best example is the vintage cookstove, which had
to be reworked inside to meet LEED standards. Wood panels conceal modern appliances,
such as the dishwasher and refrigerator. No frontier cook ever had it so good.

to get the walls up so we could insert the


soy-based insulation and then have the
half-logs maintain the look of the full
logs coming all the way through, builder
Marius Harold says.
Because the cabin was intended to
have the welcoming center on the main
level and a small caretaker apartment on
the upper level, Averill asked an architect
to draw up rough plans, but Harold notes
the crew had to improvise constantly to
accommodate the reconfigured logs and
meet LEED requirements. Work on the
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coming center for the entire development


made creating the right first impression
crucial, Averill enlisted interior designer Jane Starr to furnish it. She calls
her approach Hollywood in Montana
because she watched old western movies for ideas. Her goal was to use either
old materials or items that duplicated
the look of the cowboy era. Her proudest accomplishment is the kitchen, which
looks old but is equipped with twentyfirst century amenities, including a dishwasher and wine refrigerator.
Although the LEED certification validates Saddlehorns commitment to mod-

The kitchen
looks old but
is equipped with
21st-century
amenities.
ern notions of energy efficiency and sustainability, Averill believes his approach
is consistent with the areas heritage,
which was well established long before
the term green appeared. We were
just doing what we thought was right,
hes fond of saying, what every good
Montanan tries to do.
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Log artistry creates


a dramatic first
impression from
the entry of this
handcrafted home
by log builder
Bryan Reid.

California Dreaming
Big logs create a work of art thats built to stand 500 years.
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ryan Reid spent winter weekends as a lad trapping with his


dad in the Canadian wilderness. At the end of the day,
theyd bunk in a small, rustic log cabin.
They would light a fire, and within 30 minutes, they would be warm and cozy. Bryan
recalls his experience felt like a dream.
When he graduated from high school,

he wanted a log home for himself but encountered a problem. During the 1940s,
when the sawmills opened in the area, people had stopped building log homes in favor
of the conventional stick-built residences,
he says. The art of log-home construction
had almost died out in North America.
Fortunately, Bryan became acquainted with Samson Jack, who had helped

RIGHT: Nature inspires the look of the living room, from the large logs to the cowhide-covered
chairs. Two mantels of recycled Douglas fir complement the manufactured river rock fireplace.
ABOVE: Four identical archways line up to form a passageway linking the garage, kitchen
atrium and entry, where western red cedar benches flank the door. Idaho quartz flooring recalls
stone floors found in adobe homes common to Californias warm climate.
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Norwegian immigrants construct their


log homes during the Great Depression.
Together, they felled native trees and handscribed them to create Bryans first log home.
A Vancouver couple noticed their work
and requested a log home for themselves.
In the late 1970s, people who desired log
homes generally wanted them hidden away
back in the woods, Bryan explains. They
wanted privacy and to be alone with nature.
Because of this, we initially didnt get much
exposure for our work.
Later, though, Bryan was commissioned
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ABOVE: Rustic kitchen cabinets are crafted


from recycled Douglas fir. A copper band
trims the Idaho quartz countertops.
OPPOSITE: The kitchen features two islands:
one for food preparation and cooking, the
other for entertaining. Kay created the longhorn steer on the faux-painted plaster wall.

to construct a large, prominent log home


near Williams Lake, British Columbia. It
proved to be the beginning of Pioneer Log
Homes of British Columbia, which Bryan
and his three brothers run. Bryan not only
oversees company operations, but also plays
a major role in erecting the handcrafted-log

shells on homeowners property. I am on


the road all the time, whether it is at the construction sites or attending log home shows.
I just love working in the field, he says.
While on a project in California several
years ago, he met his future wife, Kay. After
their marriage, they decided to build their
own dream home there in Santa Barbara
County, which had a rural feel but was near
a regional airport. They purchased a 360acre working ranch just four miles from
the ocean and designed their 7,665-squarefoot, western red cedar home to take full
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The shape of the beehive oven


used for the master bedroom
fireplace harmonizes with the
round logs. Bryan Jr. built the
bed as a Christmas present.
INSET: Blue ceramic tile brightens the master bath. A traditional
Mexican sunburst design accents
the two arched openings.

advantage of views of the Santa Ynez


Mountains.
Noting that he endeavors to
create homes that are as energy efficient as possible, Bryan explains,
When we build in the northern climates, we naturally are concerned
with heating. In southern California,
keeping cool is the issue. However,
because this home faces east, we incorporated large overhanging eaves
to prevent direct sunshine through
the windows during the summer.
During the day, we close the windows and open them again in the
evening to capitalize on the cooling
breeze from the coast. In this way,
we are able to keep the home in the
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low 70s without air conditioning.


The county building code required that they install a heating
system, but because they capture
the natural solar warmth from the
low sun in the winter, their propane
bills have been less than $100 per
year. Their double-sided fireplace
between the living room and atriumgame room provides additional heat
if required. It is economically fueled
by fallen branches from their propertys abundant oak trees.
Kay decreed that the home
be completely symmetrical. Thus,
the central core housing the entry,
double staircase and living room is
flanked by identical wings designed
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primarily for living and entertaining. On


the second level, a bridge links the master
bedroom suite and a guest suite. The Reids
planned for when they might not be able
to climb the stairs by installing a full bath
and closet in the den so they could convert
this space to a first-floor master bedroom.
The homes interior takes into consideration the heritage of the land upon which
it is built. To honor Mexican and Spanish
settlers, the Reids installed colorful Mexican
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ABOVE: A claw-foot tub in the main-level bath


nestles against the log walls. The floor and
walk-in shower are finished with Idaho quartz.

tiles in the master bath and finished the


drywall with faux-painted, heavy-textured
plaster. A copper gold mining pan on the
bar in the kitchen recalls the gold miners
who flocked to California in the 1800s. The
couple celebrated the cattle-raising history
by choosing cowhide-covered furnishings
and rugs.

Kay drew on her experience as a former


decorator to purchase three-fourths of the
homes decor off the Internet. Once I had
acquired everything I wanted for the home,
I put it all in one room, she says. I spent
the next three months finding exactly the
place where I wanted each piece to be.
One of Bryans former clients sent his
lighting expert to help the Reids select light
fixtures. This gentleman toured the home
and said, Garages are down-lit, castles are
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up-lit. Which would you prefer? Naturally,


we went with his suggestions for wall
sconces and floor lighting to softly illuminate the logs and plaster walls, Bryan
notes. It creates such a beautiful effect.
Bryan believes in salvaging and reusing as much as possible. All of the kitchen
cabinets, windows, doors, and flooring on
the second level are made from recycled
Douglas fir decking that once formed a
bridge. The living room coffee table came
from a 6-foot-diameter post that had to be
squared off before it could be installed in
a home he was building. The tree from
which it came was over a thousand years
old, and we just couldnt imagine turning
this piece into pulp, he says. Now it will
continue to live in our home.

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In an area renowned for wildfires,


keeping the tall grass under control is a
must. It might be a time-consuming task
if not for the Reids natural approach to
yard work. They depend on a herd of a
hundred leased cows to keep the property
groomed and the fire danger low.
Both Kay and Bryan marvel at their
homes sturdiness. This home is made to
last for 500 years, he says. Who knows
what its life will be after we are gone. But
for now, this is ours.
I have lived in log homes since I graduated from high school. For me, a log
home is as peaceful and mellow as
driving down a country lane.
Now I truly am living in a
dream world.

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Covered Deck

home details
Dining
Room
Workshop

Living
Room

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Den

LOG PROVIDER: Pioneer Log Homes of


British Columbia
The long symmetrical la yout maximizes vie ws of the
Santa Ynez Mountains. Despite the home s size, the
space is appor tioned for bigger rooms, not more of
them. There are only two bedrooms on the main and
upper levels, for instance.

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Entry

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Loft
Bonus
Room

Open to
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Open to Below

Master
Bedroom

Balcony

Balcony

Main Level

WIC
Open to
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Upper Level

ABOVE: Large roof overhangs limit solar gain to


keep the home naturally cool, even on 100-degree
days. The imposing home often attracts curious
motorists who spot it driving by on Highway 101.
INSET: Bryan chose logs for their individual character as much as for their imposing strength.

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Home at Last
A North Carolina couple create
a mountain residence that reflects their roots.
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After returning to their


home state, Hughes and
Margaret Roberts finally
built the log home theyd
long dreamed of, striving
to capture the look and
feel of an old farmhouse.
Hand-hewn rafters, plank
flooring and hand-painted
wicker furniture turn this
porch into a comfy outdoor room.

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Random-stacked, 8-inch square


eastern white pine logs with chinking give this North Carolina home
an authentic Appalachian feel. The
board-and-batten finish on the second level conveys the notion that
this portion of the home was added
later, as was common with centuries-old farm houses its based on.

ughes and Margaret


Roberts attachment to
western North Carolina
runs deep. Even after they
married and moved away, they maintained
their ties to the area with yearly vacations
to the mountains with their two children.
One of our friends had an old log cabin
in Waynesville that she wanted to sell,
Hughes recalls. Since we enjoyed spending time there, we decided to buy it. It was
a wonderful place for our family.
After Hughes retired, the couple
moved to Asheville, North Carolina,
and built a townhouse. They continued
to drive the 35 miles to their cabin each
summer but eventually tired of having

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two residences and decided to settle in


one spot. They chose a gated community
in Waynesville, returning permanently to
the land that always felt to them like home.
At 4,400 feet elevation, their 212
acres are situated on a steeply sloping
lot with panoramic views of the Balsam
Mountains. Rushing creeks and abundant
wildlife add to the wilderness feel. The
heavily wooded locale was ideal for a log
home. Our goal was to have a home that
was similar to my grandparents Virginia
farmhouse, Margaret says. It originally
was just a small log cabin. Every few years,
as the need arose, my family would add
another wing, using board-and-batten
construction.

The couple spoke with Jobe Leonard, a


project manager from Hearthstone, about
building a traditional Appalachian-style
home. With his help, they chose random
stack, 8-inch square, chinked, hand-hewn
eastern white pine logs.
After sketching a layout, they took
it to Randy Cunningham, a Waynesville
architect and the owner of Mountain
Design. Even though the firm rarely designs log homes, the couple felt confident
in Cunninghams ability to transform
their dream into reality. I visited with
Margaret and Hughes at their townhome,
and they took me to the basement to see all
of the antiques and artifacts they had collected and inherited from their families,

The dry-stack fireplace, set at an


angle in the great room, is typical of
centuries-old frontier homes. Oriental
rugs protect the reclaimed heart pine
floor and add even more color to the
cheery space. Symmetrically tiered
windows bring in light above the white
pine walls. An upholstered sofa and
leather chairs are paired with antique
wood furnishings for simple comfort.
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Designed in the spirit of an old farmhouse, the country kitchen features


few overhead cabinets. Custom-built
open-front cabinets display Margarets family heirloom pottery. A galvanized pipe suspended from hewn
pine rafters holds pots and pans.

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Cunningham says. They explained they


wanted all of these to fit into the home.
Margaret then sent me a portfolio with
the photos and dimensions. We worked
together in placing the furniture in each
of the rooms as we designed the home.
The result is phenomenal in that it reflects
her artistic ability, while creating a home
that is perfect for main-floor living and
entertaining.
The 4,170-square-foot home features
the great room, the master suite and an
adjoining office on the main level. The
kitchen is a separate room, in keeping with
Margarets grandparents country farmhouse. A mudroom connects the house
with the two-car garage, which boasts a
second-story bonus room.
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The homes walkout lower level is


Margarets domain. It accommodates
her art studio, gallery and a guest bedroom and bath for use by teaching artists.
She specifically chose plain-painted pine
boards for the walls of the gallery to allow her to frequently change the picture
arrangement by just pulling out an existing nail and pounding a new one where
she wants to hang a different painting.
The more beat up the walls appear, she
explains, the more character they have.
Based on recommendations from
residents of Waynesville, Margaret and
Hughes selected Scott Campbell as their
contractor. His 20-plus years spent building log homes paid off for the couple. I
wanted the floor of the main level to be

the ceiling in the lower level, but Scott


said they needed to enclose it to hide the
electrical and duct work, Margaret points
out. As a compromise, he and his crew
added rafters to the ceiling for the look
of an old barn.
In an effort to re-create a traditional
log-cabin interior, Margaret worked with
designer Kathryn Greeley, who proved
invaluable in helping find wrought-iron
light fixtures, push-button light switches
and vintage-style wall coverings. They
also found reclaimed old kitchen sinks
for the mudroom and bonus room over the
garage. Kathryn located basins that resembled those used in early American homes
and installed them on her mothers marbletop washstands in the powder room and
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ABOVE: Only the jetted tub in the master bath belies that the home is a modern
dwelling rather than an early American home.
LEFT: Vintage-style wallpaper creates the backdrop in the master bedroom for the
Victorian theme. The walnut antique bed is a family heirloom.
OPPOSITE: Antique pine window frames on the upper wall of the dining room lead
the eye to the white ceiling. The pine table was rescued from a library. Margaret displays her French and German pottery collection in an open walnut corner cupboard.

guest baths. They added a few new pieces


for comfort to complement their primitive
and Victorian antique furnishings.
They had Campbell Construction
fashion baseboards and molding with
plain and simple lines. After speaking
with several log-home owners, who recommended the couple make the home as
light as possible, they included a double set
of window-filled sliding patio doors in the
great room and painted the tongue-andgroove ceilings white, as was common in
many farmhouses.
Even the floors are historically accurate. Heart pine, rescued from the Dan
River Mills in Danville, Virginia, was installed in every room on the main floor
except the kitchen. Because they werent
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able to install heart pine boards over the


concrete floor in the walkout basement,
they opted for laminated heart pine, which
looks and feels almost the same as the
genuine product. To copy linoleum flooring commonly found in farmhouse kitchens, they selected eco-friendly, sustainable
marmoleum.
To minimize yard chores, Hughes and
Margaret kept their landscape natural.
Except for a 10-by-10-foot grassy area
for their dog, the property has a woodsy
look to allow the home to blend into its
environment and give the impression it has
stood there for a century or more. Native
rhododendron provides a splash of color
during the summer, and the bright red
berries of winterberry holly blooming in

December contribute to the festive feel of


Christmas and attract songbirds.
Hughes and Margaret are pleased they
took the extra effort to find top-quality
help to design and build their home, but he
gives his wife much of the credit for having a clear vision of their goal. Margaret
knew what she wanted, he says. I believe
her ability to answer any question confidently about what she wanted in design
and construction was very much a plus.
This home is a tribute to her knowledge
about space and her artistic talent.
Margaret is equally pleased with the
outcome. All of the furniture we grew up
with is together again in one place for the
first time since I was a little girl, she says.
I truly feel like I am home. u
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Margaret collected newel posts from all over


the country to create a fanciful staircase leading to the loft sitting area and guest suite.
Using warm colors for walls and white for the
ceiling adds brightness and a chic look.
RIGHT: After spending years away from their
beloved western North Carolina, Margaret and
Hughes feel most at home in their log home,
which they designed to give the impression it
has been on the site for many generations.

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Bonus
Room

Garage

Pantry/
Laundry

Porch

home details

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Bedroom
Kitchen

Office

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Porch

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Homeowners Margaret and Hughes


Roberts incorporated many details in
their design to accommodate their
desire for an old-timey hewn-log home.
They live mostly on the main level,
where they added wide porches, including one screened, for more living room
and views of the Balsam Mountains.
One concession to modern life was
their spacious master bathroom.
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The most energy-efficient


fireplaces are built in the
center of the house so
the stack heat is not lost
to the outside.

Maximum
Efficiency
O

ur forefathers didnt worry about heating their log cabins. Big


fireplaces had no problem warming up the one or two rooms

they lived in. Of course, now that log homes are family-sized, people
often have the impression that there is something different about how
they are heated. The good news is that any standard system will work
as well in a log home as in a traditional structure.
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Get the most


from heating
and cooling
your log home.
By Mercedes Hayes

Almost all log homes are built with


at least one fireplace. Initially, we thought
that our beautiful soapstone woodstove
would heat the whole house, and we
would use our forced-air propane heat as a
backup. Alas, we were wrong. Because we
have a cathedral ceiling with a big loft, the
heat from the stove goes directly upstairs,
requiring two ceiling fans to re-circulate
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the warm air. We expected this, but we


also thought the heat would expand sideways into the rest of the open floor space to
warm the dining room and kitchen. Not on
your life. Even sitting on the couch about
15 feet from the stove, I need a coverlet.
Im uncomfortably chilly in the kitchen. I
think that if we had a regular ceiling, the
heat might have gone where we expected
it, but the volume of the cathedral ceiling
threw off our calculations.
Also, the soapstone stove is designed
to be run 24/7, so, because we both work
for a living, the stove doesnt get fired
up until the evening. Then it needs to be
heated up slowly to avoid cracking the
stone, so by the time its really cooking,
were ready for bed.
Old-fashioned fireplaces traditionally
sucked all the warm air out of the room,
but modern designs are more efficient at
re-circulating the heat. The most energyefficient fireplaces are built in the center
of the house, so the stack heat is not lost
to the outside. Outside stacks can create
back drafts when the fire is extinguished,
making a new fire more difficult to light.
If you are planning multiple fireplaces,
putting two of them back-to-back facing
adjoining rooms will give you the opportunity to build one chimney with two
flues. Or you could put a fireplace above
your furnace, again allowing two flues in
the same chimney.
A direct-vent fireplace will eliminate
the chimney, but youll have to figure
out how to hide the vent on the outside
wall. Or, if you use a wood-stove, you
could run the pipe through the wall and
straight up the outside, building a box
around the pipe to simulate a chimney.
Depending on the look you prefer, you
may want to leave the pipe inside the
room and send it through the roof. This
arrangement will give more heat.

Planning Pays
Its a good idea to consider your heating
and air-conditioning needs early in the
design phase. Although log homes are
naturally energy-efficient, its not wise to
skimp on your system. You may be able
to heat your whole house with a huge
fireplace or wood stove, but your municipality probably has minimum standards
to meet before it issues a building permit.
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dollar handcrafted log home without a


furnace. As you might expect, a buyer
never came along. The house was listed as
unfinished, and installing the heating system after the fact was too daunting a task.
A similar problem exists if you try to
get by without central air conditioning.
Yes, log homes do stay cooler in the summer, but those dog days of August can give
you a perfectly miserable nights sleep, and
a potential buyer will probably not be as
tolerant as the original owner. Indeed, our
mortgage company would not consider
granting a construction loan if we didnt
include central air conditioning.

Ducting Options
If you want to preserve ductwork space,
you can use forced-air heat, with the
same ductwork serving the air conditioner. Propane and oil are usually the fuels of
choice in rural areas. If your interior wall
space is limited, there are companies that
specialize in very small, high-pressure
duct systems that fit into tight angles;
these systems usually require a much
higher initial installation cost.
When using traditional ductwork,

done was go over the plan with the HVAC


contractor, because he put the vents in
places I found most inconvenient. Planning might have avoided this problem.

Follow the Sun


If you are energy-minded and prefer to
leave your thermostat at a minimum, you
will find that the south-facing side of the
log home tends to be warmer than the
northern exposure. Because the sun sinks
closer to the horizon on winter afternoons, its advantageous to arrange your
large windows facing south. During the
summer, the sun will cross over the roof,
so it wont overheat your house. However, you may find that the northern side
of your house which wont get direct
sun at all could be noticeably cooler.
I believe the best solution is to install
radiant-floor heating, if you can afford it
(see accompanying article on page 57).
Although this system requires a boiler
instead of a furnace, the in-floor heating
spreads the warmth evenly throughout
your home, eliminating the northernfacing blues. With radiant-floor heating, you do need to keep the thermostat

Although log homes are naturally


energy-efficient, its not wise to skimp
on your heating and cooling system.
keep the angles at a minimum. It helps
to design first-floor walls that will conveniently carry the air straight up to the
second floor. An open floor plan offers a
challenge because you must bear in mind
that the upstairs rooms need to be heated
somehow, so you will need both supply
and return vents to create efficient airflow. If you want to use full log interior
walls, youll have to find another way to
run the ductwork, electrical and plumbing. We made that mistake and now dont
have enough return vents in our bedroom. Plus, the air is stuffy in summer,
even with the windows open.
Where do the vents go? Since all our
exterior walls are full log, many of our
vents were placed in the floor. If your interior walls are Sheetrock or tongue-andgroove, you can put the vents where they
normally go. One thing I wish we had

steady all the time because the system is


not designed to be turned down when you
leave home for work or other extended
periods. You can use the boiler to heat
your hot water, though, eliminating the
need for a separate water heater. On the
other hand, you will still need to install
ductwork for the air conditioning.
Overall, the same considerations
apply to log homes as in regular construction. We thought we could get by with
only one zone of heating and cooling. In
retrospect, we realize two zones would
have solved a lot of problems. In the long
run, its cheaper to do it correctly in the
first place. Retrofitting a log home is not
going to be a breeze.
Mercedes Hayes (mercedeshayes.com) is
a Realtor specializing in existing log
homes and new construction.
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By Rex A. Ewing

Mountain Log Homes of Colorado/Beaton Photography photo

Alternative
Current

How to take
advantage of
renewable-energy
opportunities.

Solar panels collect energy


radiating from the sun so that it
can be turned into electricity to
power the many household appliances that people depend on.

ts coming, that day when building


a house without incorporating into
it the means to capture and utilize
solar energy will be as unthinkable
as leaving out the windows. But why wait for
everyone else to wake up and smell the coffee?
There are already three practical methods
available to you: photovoltaic modules (aka
solar-electric panels), solar hot water collectors and residential-size wind turbines. (Yes,
wind energy is a solar phenomenon because
turbulence is the result of uneven heating of
the atmosphere by the sun.)
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Photovoltaics
At any given moment on a sunlit day, every
square meter of the Earth is bathed in 600 to
1,000 continuous watts of energy. In order
to use this free energy, it has to be converted
into a form of electricity that can be stored
or otherwise manipulated for our purposes.
That is the job of the photovoltaic (light plus
electricity) module.
The electricity produced by PV is lowvoltage direct current (DC), while most
of our electrical appliances and tools run
on high-voltage alternating current (AC).

How do we convert the former into the


latter? By means of a power inverter. An
inverter uses transformers and electronic
trickery to coax a waveform out of a flat
stream of electrons. It then steps up (or,
in some cases, steps down) the voltage to
a user-friendly 120 volts AC.

System Types
There are two kinds of PV systems.
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less, direct-grid-tie configuration, the solar


array, comprising several PV modules, and
the direct-tie inverter are the only components youll need. The individual modules
will be wired to produce voltage in the range
the inverter feels comfortable with, often several hundred volts. The inverter will turn the
DC into AC and use it to power your house
during daylight. If the array produces more
power than your house requires, any extra
will be sent into the power grid, and you will
earn a credit on your electric bill.
The two main advantages to directtie solar are higher efficiency and fewer
components. Direct-tie inverters operate
at nearly 96 percent efficiency. Since any
excess power goes into the grid, there
are no batteries to lower that estimable
number.
On the downside, when the grid goes
belly-up, your inverter will automatically
shut down, leaving you as dark as everyone else. The reason is that power companies understandably frown on pockets
of high-voltage current flowing through
wires where their workers are laboring
under the shocking delusion that all the
lines are dead.

battery bank capable of powering your


entire house when the grid goes down,
you may instead want to run a few select
circuits such as your refrigerator, heating system and a few lights that have
been redirected to a critical loads subpanel. Within a few thousandths of a second after the grid fails, your inverter will,
without so much as a blip, switch over to
battery power to keep these loads going.
Battery-based grid-tied systems operate at lower voltages on the DC side
usually 24 or 48 volts and they are
customarily less than 90 percent efficient.
Consider it the price you pay for being
perpetually prepared. On the upside, you
can gloat in lighted comfort while all
your direct-tie neighbors fumble around
in the dark looking for candles.

charged when clouds roll in for a lengthy


stay and you will have to rely mostly on
battery power, since your arrays solar
output will drop anywhere from 50 to 90
percent in cloudy weather.
While off-grid systems take a bit of
work and a continuing commitment to
conserve energy, you will at least have
the satisfaction of knowing that you own
the entire power company lock, stock and
barrel.

Got Wind?

Wind energy is qualitatively different from


solar energy. While almost anyone can warm
up to the concept of having a quiet, submissive solar array on the roof or in the yard,
not everyone feels the same enthusiasm for
having a cheeky, rough-and-tumble wind
turbine mounted on a tower beside the house.
Off grid. Sometimes many would say At rock bottom, its a psychological thing;
usually the best building sites for new log you either like the idea of wind power or
homes are in places the power companies you dont.
have yet to tread. And unless you want to
Unless you live in a gloomy, windy
pay a confiscatory premium for what could place, your renewable-energy dollars
well prove to be unreliable electrical service will likely buy you more solar energy
(you are at the end of the line, after all), than wind energy. That being said, wind
you might want to consider installing an energy can complement a solar array by
off-grid solar system.
virtue of the fact that the wind blows at
Off-grid systems are similar to the night and during stormy weather when
Grid tie with batteries. Should you happen to live in a place where because of above-mentioned grid-tied system with the solar array is mostly idle. In that
frequent storms or enduring neglect the batteries. You will use the same solar sense, its like diversifying your investgrid is unreliable, youll probably want to panels and charge controller, and most ment portfolio.
add backup batteries to your solar scheme likely the same inverter. The main differFor a wind turbine to earn its keep,
so youll be able to power at least part of ence lies in the robustness of the system you should have average wind speeds
your house when the
of 10 mph or better at
grid goes south.
your site, and you should
Sometimes the best building sites for
In addition to
be able to erect a tower
the solar array and
(which is often nothing
new log homes are in places the power
the inverter, batterymore than several lengths
based systems require
of heavy pipe set on a
companies have yet to tread.
a charge controller
hinged base and carefully
and a bank of batterguyed with heavy gables)
ies that will live leisurely lives, owing to it will be powering your entire house, at least 30 feet above the tallest object
the fact that 99-plus percent of the time all day, every day and in the number within 300 feet. Of course, higher is
they will be topped off by either your solar and type of batteries you use, since, in always better.
array or the power grid. Grid-tied systems off-grid applications the batteries take a
Most residential wind turbines in
rely on sealed-type batteries that neither real pounding. Its the type of labor that use today are upwind, horizontal-axis,
sealed batteries simply arent designed fixed-magnet machines. Simply put, they
vent caustic gases nor demand water.
In between the solar array and batter- for. This means youll have to buy wet- resemble wingless aircraft facing into the
ies, a charge controller precisely controls cell, lead-acid batteries and add water to wind, and they begin making power the
the battery-charging process. A good them periodically, which is really no big instant the blades start turning. How
charge controller will also be able to con- deal, considering all the work theyll be much power depends largely on the wind
vert any excess array voltage into usable doing on your behalf.
and the machine. Since the power of the
Off-grid PV systems are designed wind increases as the cube of the wind
amperage through a clever electronic
procedure called maximum power-point to provide, on sunny days, around half speed, a twofold increase in wind speed
again as much power as your house uses. results in an eightfold increase in availtracking (MPPT).
Rather than investing in an enormous This ensures that the batteries will be able power. Most turbines reach their
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While direct-tie turbines are available, most residential-size turbines are
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Do you have enough wind? As a general
rule, if the wind at your building site annoys
you, you probably do. To buttress your
suspicions, check out the U.S. Department
of Energys wind maps at windpowering
america.gov/wind_maps.asp.
Also, you might want to touch base
with your local building department
before installing a tower and a turbine. Many places have rather medieval
ordinances regarding such things, and
a 60-foot or 80-foot tower is a bit too
conspicuous to hide from the prying eyes
of Big Brother.

Solar Hot Water


The idea of using sunlight to heat water
is as old as civilization itself, probably
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because the concept is as simple as it is


self-evident. To enhance an easily observed
natural process, all that is required is one
water-filled vessel capable of retaining it.
Anyone possessing the ability to confine
water within its prescribed boundaries can
easily piece together some sort of functional system.
Modern closed-loop solar hot-water
systems (those most often installed)
employ electric pumps to circulate a fluid
(water or freeze-proof glycol) that is kept
isolated from the domestic water supply.
Either flat-plate collectors or evacuated
tubes are used to heat the fluid, which
runs from the collector through a heat
exchanger in a highly insulated solar
tank where the heat is given up to a large
volume of water destined to flow through
your taps.
To ensure that the fluid coming from
the collectors is always hotter than the
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the collectors is 10 to 14 degrees F hotter
than the storage tank will the pump be
active.
Its all automatic and requires little
intervention on your part, and even a
modest system can knock 60 to 70 percent off your annual water-heating bill.
Factor this into the hedge youll be creating against skyrocketing energy prices,
and it quickly becomes a real bargain.

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Costs and Incentives


How much is your solar-electric, wind
or solar hot-water system going to set
you back? Installed costs vary from
place to place, but direct-tie (no batteries) PV systems run from $7.50 to $9.50
per installed watt, while battery-based
grid-tied and off-grid systems run a fair
bit higher. Average systems these days
are in the 2,000-to-4,000-watt range,
though smaller arrays can power a house
where energy conservation is dutifully
practiced.
Solar hot-water systems generally
run from $6,000 to $11,000 installed,
depending on the size of the system
and the equipment used. Homeowners
hoping to heat their solar-heated water
should expect to pay considerably more.
The cost of wind systems is harder
to nail down. Good, reliable 1,000-watt
turbines can be had for under $3,000
and guyed pipe-tower kits for less than
$2,000. On the other hand, a top-ofthe-line turbine might cost over $10,000,
while a self-supporting tower can run
anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.
With wind, it really is a matter of what
you can afford.
Can any government help be had?
Sure, plenty. The best place to look is the
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (dsireusa.org). It is
maintained by the North Carolina Solar
Center and the Interstate Renewable
Energy Council and updated continually.
If you dont feel like sleuthing, ask a local
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WarmedOver Idea
Tried-and-true radiant heat offers advantages
for adding comfort to todays log homes.

n account of their distinctive construction, log homes evoke


many questions from prospective buyers. How, one certainly

wonders, does furnace ductwork get inside log walls? In this case,
Warmboard photos

the right answer might be, why bother with ductwork at all? Instead,
consider radiant heating.

Whole-house radiant in-floor heating systems typically use flexible


tubes installed over the subfloor.
In the system shown above right,
pre-drilled boards are put down
over the subfloor, then the tubing
is inserted. Finally, the flooring is
installed. The resulting ductless
heating unit enhances the looks
and comfort of rooms.

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RIGHT: Uponor photo; FAR RIGHT: Hardwood Council photo

ABOVE: A series of controls pump heated


water through a network of tubes installed
under the subfloor. The warm water releases heat that radiates into the room above,
then returns to the boiler to be reheated.
LEFT: The inside of this mixing panel
shows the controls for a radiant heating
and cooling system.

Radiant is one of the hottest trends


in home heating. Quiet and clean, it wins
praise on its own merits. But if that werent
enough, it has enjoyed endorsements by
home-improvement experts.
Although radiant heat is popular as
a retrofit system for older homes, people
building a new log home are in an even
better position to take full advantage of it.
Having the opportunity to plan for its instal-

lation at the outset means you can design a


system that is totally compatible with the
house. By going about it this way, youll find
that radiant heating is as easy to install as it
is effective and efficient to operate.

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Like many good things today, radiant
heating isnt new. Its a new twist on an
old-fashioned way of heating, one that is

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associated with that once-common device:


the radiator. People couldnt wait to escape
clanking, cumbersome radiators, even
though many fondly recall how wonderfully warm and clean the heat was. Todays
radiant-heating systems work without
radiators, but they rely on the same principle: radiated heat.
Advances in radiant-heat technology
have made radiators a thing of the past.
Now radiant heating is commonly known
as in-floor heating. Thats because the
radiating medium actually long flexible tubes is usually set under the floor
when the home is constructed to carry the
warmth throughout the surface area, not
just to a few outlets. And the system uses
hot water, not steam.
The water is heated in boilers, which
are considerably cheaper than furnaces.
Like everything else pertaining to home
comfort these days, boiler technology has
also made these appliances smaller, lighter
and more energy-efficient than the boilers
of yesteryear. The fuel used to heat the
water in the boilers can be gas, oil, propane, electricity (on- or off-grid) or wood.

Log Friendly
In log homes, radiant heating eliminates
the need for extensive ductwork. At the
same time, it doesnt have to be installed
in the floor. That fact contradicts conventional wisdom, which holds that radiant
heat operates on the principle that warm
air rises. Warming air at the floor level
will ensure even warmth throughout a
room. Thats the right law of physics but
the wrong principle to apply to radiant
heating. Warm air rises, but radiated warm
air moves outward from its source, not
just upward. Stud-framed interior partition
walls provide a great place for heating coils,
as does a standard-height ceiling, which
provides the added benefit of radiating heat
into a second story or loft.
Another benefit for log homes is that by
distributing the heat evenly and gradually,
hot-water systems minimize checking of
the logs. Checking is the cracking that logs
experience as they dry and shrink. Some
wood species are more susceptible to checking than others, but in all logs the process
is accelerated in winter by the rapid drying
that results from homes using forced-air
heating systems or even fireplace and wood
stove heat. Radiant heating operates efficiently at lower temperatures generated
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more evenly throughout the heating cycle,


thus drying the logs less abruptly.
Another advantage of logs with such a
heating system is the thermal-mass capacity of solid wood. Warmed air travels very
slowly through logs, meaning that it is
trapped inside the home. When combined
with todays thermal-efficient windows,
logs are actually one of the best building materials to use with radiant-heating
systems for keeping the air at a constant
temperature.

An In-Floor
Electric Blanket
You dont need a boiler to enjoy radiant floor heating
in your log home. If you prefer floor heating only in
a few rooms, such as bathrooms, the kitchen or an
entryway, electrical systems are available for new and
existing homes. Using electricity for in-floor heating for
an entire home, however, can be expensive.
A variation on electric floor heating is heating mats.
Made by Nuheat, Warmly Yours, Sun Touch and
other manufacturers, the flexible mats are installed
directly between the subfloor and the floor, then
connected to an independent circuit in the panel
box. They consist of electrical resistance wires that
are enclosed in a thin, durable fabric. Available in a
variety of sizes, the heating mats work like electric
blankets and are ideal for ceramic tile, natural stone,
engineered wood and laminate floors.

Payback Time

Installing heating mats in a 3-by-7-foot bathroom


adds roughly $500 to construction costs. Controlled
by a programmable thermostat, the system uses
about 12 watts per square foot at full power to generate temperatures between 74 and 78 degrees.
Nuheat photos

One disadvantage of radiant heating is


its comparatively high installation cost
between $5 and $20 a square foot. At the
same time, it offers excellent value that
makes it something to consider for any new
home. Lower operating costs bring the payback time to within a few years. Since most
log-home buyers plan to be in their house
for many years, this quick payback time
soon amounts to big savings. If youre on a
tight budget, remember that its cheaper to
install a radiant-heating system when the
home is being built rather than add it later.
You might be better off forgoing another
feature that can be more easily added later.
Another drawback to the system is the
time it takes to warm a home. If youre in
the house all the time or at least throughout the heating season, you shouldnt experience a comfort problem. If you use your
home only for weekends or short periods,
you will have to wait awhile when you first
turn on the system. You also wont experience that warming blast of air you experience with forced-air systems that instantly
takes the chill off.
The reward is that youll never feel the
chill that results from the forced-air system
going off or find yourself hanging out next
to the heating vent. With radiant heating,
youll enjoy even temperatures throughout
every room where you install it.

LEFT: Heating mats are unrolled, positioned


over the subfloor, connected to the electrical system and covered with flooring.

in walls or ceilings, it is run between studs


or joists.
Locating the boiler is crucial. Few
people would want any water-containing
appliance on an upper level, so the logical place for a boiler is in the basement
where any other furnace would be. Another
handy place is the garage. Its also possible
to locate the boiler outside the house. This
placement works especially well in smaller
log homes or ones without basements and
garages.
Besides heating water for the radiant
heating system, the boiler will heat the
water in your water heater. This crucial
fact means that even in summer you will
need to operate your boiler, although the
system should feature a cutoff or bypass
switch so the entire home is not heated.

Installation Basics
Finding someone who can install a radiantheating system wont be a problem. Any
reputable heating subcontractor should be
familiar with the procedure. If you can
find one experienced with radiant installation, even better.
Basically, the flexible tubing is laid
throughout the floor surface area beneath
the subfloor, then it is set in place using
concrete or gypsum. If the tubing is placed
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Choosing Flooring
Any traditional flooring material will
work, although some obviously have better radiating qualities. Tile and stone work
best. Carpeting is least effective because
the piles trap heat. Wood is a good radiator
but using radiant heating with wood floors
requires a lower overall operating temperature to reduce chances of the wood splitting. This lower temperature may hinder

the warmth of the home in colder climates.


For a small area, such as a bathroom,
kitchen or family room, electric radiant
heating works efficiently, using heated coils
to generate heat directly rather than rely on
a boiler. For larger homes, zoned heating
is a good idea. A couple who occasionally
entertain children and grandchildren but
otherwise use only a few rooms of the
house, can set up a zone for the main living areas, another for the master bedroom
and a third for the guest areas. Zones can
work off different thermostats, and you
can even program the system to run by
command from a telephone signal or computer command, enabling you to give the
system advance notice so it will be up and
running when you arrive. Sensors can also
enable the system to maintain a minimum
temperature even when you are away.
If you build a large home in an area
with a cold winter climate or design it to
have an unusual configuration, you may
need to supplement your radiant-heating
system. You could go to the trouble of
installing a conventional forced-air system,
but you might just as easily choose electric
or even hot-water baseboard heating. Otherwise, radiant heating will provide all the
comfort you need.
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were used to build a nearby house. Businessman A.W. Denthough the closest Lincoln got to building with logs was
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born Americans who made no mark
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birthplace, even though when the LFA bought the logs, it
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to commemorate the bicentennial of his birth. Thats an
the great men of American and log-home history.
honor no other dwelling can boast, not even George Wash Roland Sweet
ingtons Mount Vernon estate.

88 LOG HOME LIVING JANUARY 2012

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THERE

INTRODUCING THE EARNHARDT COLLECTION


Americas largest custom homebuilder has
teamed up with Kerry and Ren Earnhardt
to create this spectacular collection of homes
reecting their familys time-honored
traditions and love for outdoor living.

live carefree
like every day is a vacation

Every one of these


gracious homes offers
an escape to the life
youve always wanted.
Each unique design is
open and airy. Relaxing
and comfortable.
All with a casual,
laid-back style that
matches your own.
Choose from homes
starting at $100k
to $750k plus.

This stunning screened-in porch


with stone replace is the perfect
blend of indoor and outdoor living.

1.877.267.3482

To learn more about limited-time introductory pricing, visit EarnhardtCollection.com


The Earnhardt Collection and Kerry Earnhardt signature are used under permission of Kerry Earnhardt, Inc. 2011

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Huge custom windows add a


signature look to your home while
lling it with lots of natural light.

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