With every project, you get :
BLUEPRINTS, TECHNICAL SUPPORT, CONTRACT
- A full set of computer generated, detailed blueprints and working
drawings (unless provided by an outside architect)
- Technical support before and after final installation of the log
shell in preparation for closing in and finishing stages
- A "contract for construction" specifying payment and
construction schedules, insurance coverage, and warranties
Log shell Components
LOG WALLS, EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
- Full length (up to 60’) Eastern White Pine logs in three sizes
(of average mid-span diameters): medium (14"-16"), large
(17"-19") and huge (20"-21"). The large end of
these logs will measure up to an additional 8"-12" across.
- Top quality, hand selected logs, individually selected in the forest.
- Double-scribed lateral notches with curing kerfs, using the historic "underscribing" technique.
- Our unique and beautiful shrink-to-fit, double-scribed corner notching
- A complete thru-bolting system: bottom to top using ¾" threaded
rod with 1,200lb. compression springs
- Sanded log ends and bevel cuts
- EPDM swedish rubber and foam gasketing between all logs and around
all window and door frames.
DOOR and WINDOW OPENINGS with floating frames
Allowing for log settlement a "floating frame" is installed
with ample settling space above (as part of the log shell package)
in preparation for the installation of the window and door units. Header
logs come pre-slotted for trim to provide an attractive, maintenance-free
settling system. All side cuts come beveled back and sanded smooth.
ELECTRICAL WIRING PREPARATION
Based on an individually developed blueprint showing the layout of
all outlets, switches and light fixtures
1 1/4" diameter holes are pre-drilled vertically throughout the log
shell. Square holes are then cut for electrical boxes and all locations
are prepared for the cover plates and fixture mounts. The electrician
can do all of his work after the log shell is installed.
The log walls come with pre-cut slots located as predetermined by
the design. These slots allow for efficient construction of the interior
frame walls by the general contractor after the log shell is installed
and for the proper settling of the log walls at these intersections.
SECOND FLOOR FRAMING SYSTEM
(Log ceiling beams & joists)
- Thoughtfully arranged and sized to relate to the rooms below.
- Extended to create balconies, decks, porches, and entrance roof
- Milled flat for flooring materials with wall slots and ledge cuts
- Fully scribed connections (never flat to flat), with mortise and
tenon joinery where required
- Settling adjustment jacks where needed, either above or below the
post and hidden where possible.
REASSEMBLY OF LOG SHELL ON OWNER'S FOUNDATION
All of our log shells are reassembled and installed on the owners
foundations by our own experienced crews. Once the logs are set and
the crane and trucks are gone our expert craftsmen cut out the door
sill logs, install the opening frames, install lag bolts and through-bolts,
make final adjustments to post jacks and take care of any final details
needed to complete the log shell.
LOG ROOF FRAMING (log purlins, log rafters, log trusses)
Because this part of the log structure can be as distinctive as
the floor plan, we offer several layout and log size options. The
complete and dramatic roof design is a system of log purlins and
log truss’s with log
gable ends. With the many different truss designs to choose from
and any number of window layouts possible in the gable ends, every
takes on a distinction all it’s own. Example: High Meadow Farm
Log rafter roof systems are also available and can be used whether
in combination with log purlins or by themselves. Example: Champlain
More elaborate and complex roof systems (fully engineered) are also
available including complex hip and valley roof layouts, log dormers,
hammer-beam trusses, and integrated timber framing. Examples: High
Mountain Lodge and Maryland
overhangs are standard; 4 feet at the eves and 5 to 6 feet or
more at the gable ends. All necessary milling and slot
or ledge cuts are included. Example: Page Hollow
We provide the working
drawings for the framed gables. They are then built on site by
the general contractor.
The gable is the triangular section of wall above the main log walls
that go all the way to the highest point in the building . The simplest
and most cost efficient way to build the gable end of a log house
is to frame them with conventional methods (2x6 framing, plywood,
insulation and vapor barrier, interior and exterior finish materials
choice). They can be built to support any log roof structure design
and eliminate the settling issues that come with log gables. Interior
finishes can be a painted surface of plaster (or sheetrock) or any
style of wood finish (v-groove paneling , wide planks, etc.). Exterior
finishes can also be any style of wood (vertical boards, with or
without battens, or horizontal or diagonal boards). Our most successful
finish has been extra thick, wide horizontal planks with a log or "live" bottom
edge, overlapping the course below, much like the smaller, thinner
clapboards found on framed houses, but with a rustic charm that
goes well with the handcrafted logs below. We can supply these planks
full length pieces, custom sawn for each individual project. Log
slab siding is possible but difficult to make to match exactly the
below and difficult to install so they don’t look like log slabs.
Log gables often support the log roof purlins and ridge log and are
a major structural element of the entire roof system. A Wooden House
Co. trademark, our true log gables (not facade) make a hand-crafted
log home about as rustic and totally hand-crafted as it can possibly
be. Because log gables settle, extra work is required by the general
contractor in completing the roof system to allow for this settling.
We offer two log gable systems. One allows for settling of the roof
system to occur and works well in smaller designs. We have developed
another system that settles independently of the roof structure
and works best with larger more complex roof designs.
- Archways: a curved opening through interior log wall
- Natural features such as flared tree trunks, and curved or forked
- Curved, corbelled or staggered log ends at corners
- Half-circle windows in gable ends
- Traditional timber framing
Rugged log staircases with ½ log treads and full log stringers,
custom fit and designed to allow for settling