A beautiful and sturdy Log Home constructed by Loghouse of Ireland
It’s hard not to be wooed by the charms of log homes. When we think of them, our imagination instantly conjures up images of cozy, rustic dwellings surrounded by trees, perhaps covered by a blanket of snow, with warm light coming from the windows, inviting us in. However, many people won’t even have considered a log home when thinking about building a home, despite there being so many benefits to log home living. Here are a few of the main advantages of a log house.
First and foremost, log houses are hard to beat when it comes to aesthetics. Not only are their exteriors rustic and beautiful, they also fit in much better with their natural surroundings than conventional homes made of brick, so for those who want to feel in touch with nature, log homes are the perfect option.
Log homes are made of wood, which is a renewable resource and, as such, is a much more environmentally friendly building material than steel or cement. Log homes can also be built far more quickly than conventional homes and are well capable of standing the test of time – there are log houses out there that have been standing for over two hundred years now! You can expect your log home to last for two or three generations at the very least, making it a great investment in the future.
There are also financial advantages to choosing a log home. To begin with, building a log house can cost you significantly less money than what you might pay for the construction of a house made of bricks and mortar. They are also more energy efficient as the tightly-packed logs provide great natural insulation, meaning you can save up to 15% on energy bills. Plus, the logs are naturally far more soundproof than the walls in standard houses, making your log home a haven of silence and tranquility.
A Do-It-Yourself Home
For the DIY enthusiast, log homes can be bought in ‘flat pack’ form more cheaply than in their fully constructed form, so if you fancy making the construction of your new home a personal project or goal, most providers of log homes will be happy to supply you with the necessary parts and leave you at it, giving you the satisfaction of being able to say that you built your home with your own hands. Those of us who can’t assemble a flat pack desk, let alone a flat pack home, needn’t worry because log house providers are equally happy to do the building work for customers too.
If you are a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kind of person, then you may build a two bedroom log home like the one shown above or, if not, you could call in professionals like LOGHOUSE to build it for you. Either way, you are bound to just love your cozy log home.
So before you decide on a conventional home, think about what it might be like to inhabit a cozy log home that will save you money on construction and energy bills, as well as making for a warm and comfortable home for you, your children and even your grandchildren!
This article was written by environmental scientist Gerry Hannon who has loved living in log homes for over twenty years now.