Common questions we have heard over the years:
Q: We've heard that it may be difficult to finance a log home. Is this true in your opinion?
A: Historically, that statement was true; however, financial institutions now have a better understanding of the product and its quality. Consequently, financing with a reputable bank or mortgage company is no different than financing a wood-framed structure.
Q: People say that you cannot get insurance coverage for a log home. Is this true?
A: Much as with financing, insurance companies are much better educated, and there is no problem obtaining the necessary insurance coverage.
Q: We are interested in the energy efficiency of a log home. What's the typical "R" value of your log packages?
A: Unlike regular wood-framed structures, log homes are rated in "Thermal Mass" as opposed to "R" values. The "Thermal Mass effect" refers to the ability of dense material, such as logs, to conserve energy within the logs themselves. Logs can store the heat and "reflect" it back into the room. Consequently, the demand for heating or cooling energy to maintain indoor temperature is pushed back.
Q: I plan to have a contractor build my home to a weather-tight finish, then do the interior myself. How long can I expect the weather tight-process to take?
A: Generally speaking, a contractor should have your home weather-tight within 12 weeks.
Q: I worry about running the electrical wiring for my home; Can you explain how you do this?
A: During the construction process, logs are drilled and outlets cut for all the electrical requirements in the log walls. We suggest that you only run the required (by code) number of outlets in the log (exterior) walls and then run the rest of your outlets in the interior (standard framed) walls.