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When selecting the size, shape and look of the logs, the log home buyer is spoiled for choice. Here’s how to navigate your options.


So now that you know the timber options from which to choose, how do you turn this raw material into a home?

First you need to choose whether you want the look of a milled or handcrafted home. The primary differences here are the size and uniformity of the logs and the technique used to prepare them.
Handcrafted logs are prepared as the name implies: People — not machines — strip, shape and cut the timbers until they are suitable for construction according to your plans. The shape of the logs is usually very organic and uneven, giving a home a distinctive look.

Milled logs are run through an automated de-barker, then a computerized sawmill that shapes and cuts each timber to a precise, uniform diameter and “profile.” If you are opting for the milled-log variety of log home, choosing a profile is your next step after choosing species.

Profiles and how your logs fit together will significantly impact how your home looks, both inside and out. This also includes how they intersect at the corners. In addition to personal preference, the region where your home will reside may influence your decision. For example, log homes boasting a square profile with dovetailed corners are prevalent in the Southeastern United States and Appalachia.

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