The Unsung Advantages of Log Homes

In the past on this blog, we’ve devoted entire posts to major advantages inherent in log homes.  Topics like the thermal mass of log walls and the open nature of log homes are major benefits that can be discussed at length. Log homes also have a number of benefits that are not as well-known but can be described very succinctly. Here is a list of some of these unsung benefits of owning a log home.

Longevity

C. A. Nothnagle Log House on the NRHP since April 23, 1976. At Swedesboro-Paulsboro Rd. in Gibbstown, New Jersey. Small part of the house was built c. 1638, larger part in the early 1700s.

While a stone house may first come to mind when thinking of old homes, log houses are some of the oldest surviving buildings in the country and the world. The C.A. Nothnagle Log House in Gibbstown, New Jersey was constructed sometime before 1643. Like Real Log Homes today, it features dovetail construction for a tight fit. (Unlike Real Log Homes, two of the logs were removable to provide ventilation during the summer months.) There is a log home in Switzerland that dates from 1287, which is still in excellent condition after 727 years. With proper care, a Real Log Home will be an excellent home for generations to come.

Sound-deadening

As we’ve discussed before, a log wall is a great insulator. Like most insulators, the bulk of this effect comes from microscopic air space trapped within the log. These air spaces also act as sound insulation, helping to make a log wall much quieter than a drywall or plaster wall. The western red cedar and eastern white pine we use for our log walls are also among the best wood species for sound deadening. Furthermore, a curved log profile helps disrupt sound waves, cancelling them out and creating a quieter room. All of these factors add together to make a log home a great place to find some peace and quiet.

Hanging Pictures

You may not need to hang objects like pictures from your wall very often, but it is much easier to do so on a log wall. If you want to hang a heavy object from a drywall or plaster wall, it is best to break out the stud finder and nail or screw into a stud. If that isn’t practical, you’ll need to use a molly or anchor bolt to prevent the hanging object from ripping out of the wall. With a log wall, it’s easy to hang your pictures and mirrors. Also, if you ever want to move an object, you can just remove the nail and be finished, unlike drywall and plaster that require refinishing for a clean look.  So don’t hold back – get decorating!

Granted, we love log homes, but we never get tired of pointing out just how much there is to love about a log home.  Can you think of other unsung advantages to living in a log home?  Leave us a comment here and tell us, or on the Real Log Homes Facebook page.  And, if you’re ready to build a log home of your own and start enjoying all the benefits, both large and small, call Real Log Homes today or fill out the form below for more information.

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