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Benefits of Log Homes Over Traditionally Framed Homes

Gone are the days when the term log homes conjured up images of small, single-room houses built off the beaten track for those who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Today,
multi-room log homes are being built in most suburban locations on a
regular basis. They may be more expensive than traditional homes and
the associated labor costs when building a log home are high, but if
you stop to look at the advantages that log homes offer over
conventional frame homes, you'll see why they're in much demand:

  • They have aesthetic appeal: Log homes look much better than frame homes, both on the outside and the inside. The structure itself is grand and appealing, and the interiors are cozy and comfortable.
  • They are valued higher than traditional homes: A log home is usually valued at a higher price than homes that are built with wooden frames. While the exact figure may vary from home to home, in general,
    a square foot of log home is valued at around $50 higher than a square
    foot of a traditional frame home and the entire home is valued 33
    percent higher than a quality stick frame home.
  • They are energy efficient: Log homes are 2.5 to 15 percent more energy efficient than traditional wood frame homes. They make comfortable dwellings and allow you to save more than $400 on your
    annual heating and cooling bills.
  • They come with custom features: If you've ever seen the inside of a log home, you'll know what I mean. The interiors are done up tastefully with stylish staircases and shelves and cabinets made of
    wood. The exteriors also have beautiful patios or decks which have more
    appeal because they're made of wood.
  • They are in high demand: Because of their status value, log homes are in much demand, especially among people who don't want cookie cutter homes and are looking for something more unique and tailored to
    their style. Also, the number of homes being built is less than the
    demand for them, so the status value of log homes keeps climbing
    higher.
  • They are good forms of investment: Just as you would expect an investment of a large sum of money to pay off rich dividends, a log house, while on the more expensive side, is a good investment option
    because it grows in value. For a minor increase in cost, you gain a
    large increase in value when you buy a log home.

This guest post is contributed by Nicole Adams for Mountain Creations Log Homes, she writes on the topic of construction
management
. She welcomes your comments at her email id: nicole.adams83@gmail.com.

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Comment by Norah Schneider on March 15, 2010 at 5:03pm
Thanks Rebecca for the clarification. I wasn't too far off the mark with my explanation even without using a dictionary, lol. And yes, there are hundreds of log home manufacturer's in the US alone.
Comment by Rebecca on March 15, 2010 at 4:31pm
manufacture: to make something into a finished product using raw materials, especially on a large industrial scale

Log home manufacturers take naturally grown logs (raw materials) and assemble them to make a home (finished good). There are many log home manufacterers in the country.
Comment by Norah Schneider on March 15, 2010 at 4:17pm
Hi Alan,

Of course we do not "manufacture" trees as nature has taken care of this for us. We manufacture a product that people can use to build a log home. Most people looking to build a log home aren't interested in driving into the woods, chopping down some trees, and trying to use those raw materials to construct a log home. Those days of the "Abe Lincoln" type log cabin are long gone. Yes, there are still some pioneer spirit people out there, but they are far and few between.

As far as the text in our article, yes some of that has been said before, but it never hurts to reiterate the wonderful advantages of building a log home. As far as the "spread" on information provided, there are so many variables to take into account as far as energy efficiency and cost throughout our country, to be fair, a wide spread must be given as to not provide inaccurate information. My goal, as a log home industry leader, is to provide accurate and helpful information to those who are looking to build a log home. I hope you can understand and appreciate the nature in which this article was written and why this "spread" was given. Thanks for your two cents worth. I hope my two cents is worth your time ;)
Comment by Norah Schneider on March 15, 2010 at 3:33pm
To Konocti's Wigwam...we are not a dealer for log homes. We are a manufacturer. We are constantly striving to help educate the log home community with valuable and helpful information about all aspects of building and buying a log home such as with the post above. This article was actually written by a Guest Blogger from Construction Degree Management.org

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