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The Complete Guide to Log Homes Book

192 Pages with 50 Renderings and Illustrations.

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Its a classic American dream: a beautiful log home nestled in the woods, standing proudly on a mountain top, poised on a hillside, or serenely overlooking a sparkling lake or stream. With walls that beautifully blend the art of nature with the hand of human labor, no other kind of dwelling so poetically expresses the pioneering, self-sufficient spirit that made this nation great.

If youre looking to make this dream a reality, let seasoned professionals Clyde and Jeffrey Cremer help you navigate the often puzzling maze of buying and building a log home. With this indispensable guide, Clyde and Jeffrey advise you on every aspect of the process, from idea stage to completed project, and explains how to choose the right style of home to fit your budget and site selection.

They also cover such topics as:

  • Types of wood used for log cabins
  • R value
  • Wood shrinkage
  • Energy efficiency
  • Estimating costs
  • Construction concerns
  • Log home components
  • Window and door selection
  • Log home maintenance
  • 50 Rendered illustrations and photos
  • And much more!

    The Complete Guide to Log Homes gives you all the information you need to make an informed, educated decision on buying or building a log home. Take the first step today toward having the home of your dreams!

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    Paperback: 192 pages
    Publisher: iUniverse.com (October 26, 2008)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0595441432
    ISBN-13: 978-0595441433
    Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches

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    The Complete Guide to Log Homes

    Table of Contents

    Introduction
    A Brief History of Log Homes

    The Tree: A Wood-Producing Machine
    Introduction
    Parts of a Tree
    Crown
    Roots
    Trunk
    Cambium
    Xylem
    Heartwood
    Inner Bark
    Outer Bark

    Wood � Factors in Insulation and Shrinkage
    Heat Transfer
    Thermal Resistance (R-Factor)
    Thermal Mass
    Airtight Log Homes
    Moisture in Wood Cells
    Moisture in Timber
    Equilibrium moisture content
    Shrinkage
    Snap, Crackle, Pop
    Air Dried
    Kiln Dried

    Tree Species Used in Log Homes
    Introduction
    Hardwoods
    Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
    Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
    Softwoods
    Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
    Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziessi)
    Pine
    Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
    Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)
    Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
    Red Pine( Pinus resinosa)
    Southern Yellow Pines
    Western White Pine (Pinus monticola)
    Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
    Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
    Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
    Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii)
    Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
    Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides)

    Timber: Logging and Preparation
    Professional Logging
    Loggers
    Helicopter Logging
    Clear-cutting
    Logging Your Own Timber
    The Sawmill

    Types of Logs
    Cants
    Random-Length Logs
    Precut Logs
    Handcrafted logs

    Log Profiles
    Round Logs
    Flat/Round Logs (�D� Logs)
    Square Logs
    Hand-peeled
    Laminated Logs
    Log Siding

    Log Corner Sections
    Butt-and-Pass Corners
    Saddle Notched Corners
    Dove-Tailed Corners

    Windows and Doors
    Introduction
    Energy Efficiency
    Heat Transfer
    EnergyEfficient Solutions
    Insulated Glass
    Low-Conductance Spacers
    Tinted glass
    Low E
    Frames
    The Future

    Types of Windows
    Casement
    Double-hung
    Single-hung
    Glider or Sliding
    Awning
    Bay
    Picture
    Bow
    Greenhouse
    Specialty Windows
    Round and Octagon
    Angled Gable
    Stained Glass

    Doors
    Introduction
    Exterior Doors
    Patio Doors
    Sliding-Glass Doors
    Swinging Patio Doors

    Keeping it Together: Fastening and Sealing Methods
    Fasteners
    Spikes
    Lag Screws
    Log Screws
    Thru-bolts
    Sealing the Logs
    Gasket
    Poly-vinyl Chloride Gasket (PVC)
    Impregnated Foam
    Open-cell Foams
    Caulk
    Chinking Compounds
    Backer Rod
    Butt and Corner Joints
    Splines
    Dowels
    Planning to Build
    Chapter Highlights

    How Much Does a Log Home Cost to Build?
    Estimating costs

    Doing It Yourself: Some Important Considerations
    Skill Level
    Time
    Helping Hands
    Contractor-Built Home
    Selecting a Contractor
    The Construction Contract
    A Good Contract
    Standard Forms
    Licensed Contractors
    Permits
    Insurance and Bonding
    One Contractor, One Job
    Retention
    Lien Wavers
    Home Site Selection
    Physical Characteristics
    Environmental factors
    Legal Issues

    Building to Last
    Pre-Construction Concerns
    Transportation and Delivery
    Grading, Clearing, and Grubbing
    Construction Concerns
    The Foundation

    Log Construction
    Drip Edges
    Flashing
    Porch Construction
    Second-Floor Loft
    Gable Ends
    Electrical
    Plumbing
    The Roof
    Truss Type
    Rafter Type
    Insulating the Roof
    Weather-Tight Log Homes
    Windows and Doors

    Caring for Your Log Home
    Cleaning Wood
    Interior Wood Finishing
    Exterior Treatments

    Threats to Your Home
    Fire
    Decay
    Insects
    Termites
    Subterranean termites
    Formosan Termite
    Prevention
    Carpenter Ants
    Prevention
    Insects/Larva
    Prevention
    Powder Post Beetles (Old House Borers)
    Carpenter Bees

    Evaluating and Purchasing an Existing Log Home
    The Basics
    Roads and Access
    Exterior
    Interior

    Buying an Existing Log Home Checklist

    Conclusion

    APPENDICES

    APPENDIX A

    APPENDIX B

    APPENDIX C

    APPENDIX D

    APPENDIX E

    Glossary

    About the Authors

    About American Log Homes

    Index

    Reviews

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