by KELLY MEAD on JULY 25, 2008 - 1 Comment in ENERGY
Pioneers living in log cabins were part of American frontier times. Now its part of the new frontier — living a healthy and self-sustaining lifestyle.
The choices available to those wishing to build a log home range from factory pre-cut to handmade on-site. Pre-cut kits are nothing new and have been available since 1923. Most manufactures will allow homeowners to customize their design to make it almost as one-of-a-kind as those handmade on-site.
A plus of log homes is that since most log homes are produced from local renewable wood sources they use much less energy to produce then a “conventional” home and have a reduce environmental impact. The amount of energy and labor needed from the milling to the actual home construction is also reduced. Another saving is that the logs already have a finished surface, in other words placing sheet rock inside or shingles on the outside is not needed nor generally wanted to give the home a finished look. Fewer fasteners are need in the construction, making it both easier and less consuming of mined and processed metal. This means saving money and resources that most other home building types need. At the homes end-life recycling or reusing the material is more inclined to happen because of its valuable timber.