“Discover why the Log Cabins Canada and the U.S. produces, can be quite different from European ones!”
The Log Cabins Canada produces, have long been in demand in North America. There are also log cabin companies based in the U.S., but there is a lot of timber in Canada, hence a lot of log cabins come from here. With North America being such a vast area and very diverse in nature, so are the log cabins very varied and some quite different to anywhere else in the world.
The log cabins in North America, really go back to the early settlers of the U.S. Many of the early pioneers used the timber they found locally, to craft the more rustic style log cabins. Still manufacturers of log cabins Canada and the U.S. make them in this very rustic and traditional way. The use of whole logs stripped of their bark, is unique to this part of the world and really creates some impressive and large log cabins.
So which aspects of Log Cabins Canada and the U.S. are different?
Well with such a massive land mass, you would be right to assume the variety of tree species here is large. The climate varies from the very cold north, to the hot south. Some areas are drier and some wetter and with large differences in altitude and soil types, different tree flourish in different areas. The trees species also vary considerably in size and this often impacts on what types of logs may be ultimately produced. The log cabins Canada and the U.S. produce can be very similar to the European style. However some of the massive whole log, hand scribed log cabins, are unlike anything else. Find out more about timber in our detailed
Type of logs
The type of logs that are the norm in Europe, would be referred to as machined or engineered logs here. Whilst you can find plenty of these in North America, it is the solid log cabins which really catch the eye in these parts! Created from whole logs (often of different diameters), the resultant structure is unique and very eye catching. These type of logs can often be expensive, due to the shear volume of timber (log widths can be huge), and the hand finished nature of the types of logs. It is a very traditional time honoured skill, but in the right hands can produce spectacular results! Discover more about all
Designs of the log cabins Canada and the U.S. produces, can vary wildly. You will find some of the most flamboyant and largest log cabins on earth here! There is often plenty of space in rural parts of North America, and being relatively new countries with quite relaxed planning policies, log cabins have been popular. Typically designs can be quite open plan (as is the norm for houses here) and of course the ranch style covered decks also make a common appearance.
Discover more about the design influences here.
While for the engineered or machined style of log cabins, much the same maintenance rules apply, the solid log structures are a whole different ball game. If you are not familiar with the whole log style cabins then chinking and caulking, probably mean very little to you. However because of their very unique nature, these massive logs which are hand selected and scribed together by craftsmen, require regular and sometimes quite extensive maintenance. Unlike machined logs, which are all a regular size, with interlocking tongues and grooves and precision corner joints, these logs sit on top of each other and a good seal between them is vital. Weather also varies massively in this continent, so find out
what maintenance requirements you will need
to protect your investment.
Want to take a look at the official log associations or councils in North America, (links open in a new window):
International Log Builders Association
Log Homes Council
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