Modern Log Homes Offer Diverse Options

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With log homes experiencing somewhat of a resurgence, many people are considering log construction for second homes, hunting cabins or even as rustic primary homes. Whatever your goals for this dwelling, a little information and planning can go a long way in securing a home that will fit your needs and provide the lifestyle you want. According to the Washington Post, log home construction is a $760 million industry. Log home construction was booming prior to the latest recession, and was estimated at that time to be a $3.5 billion dollar industry. It took a hit during those post-recession years, but has more recently experienced renewal, according to the Post. Sales are increasing gradually, and more than 26,000 log homes are built each year.

Modern Log House Styles

One of the most charming characteristics of log construction is its versatility. Your log house can be a back-to-basics rustic cabin, or, as is often the case these days, a grand lodge with modern, sleek and elegant features. Log homes offer you your own personal slice of Americana. Log construction is more than just its material. For many Americans, this style of home represents authenticity and comfort. Log homes remind people of their childhoods and the past generations of their family. There’s also something about log homes that harkens back to the very origins of our nation and the dwellings that provided sanctuary and shelter to our forefathers. For these reasons and so many others, owning a log home is a dream cherished by many of us. And today’s homeowners and homebuilders are remaking log homes to suit the modern era. Log homes today can be vastly different than the cabin you picture in your mind. Your log home can retain that traditional comfortable feel while displaying the elegant characteristics you dream of:
  • Luxury
  • Open floor plan
  • Wide, wrap-around decks
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Exposed rafters
  • High-end finishes
One of the best things about building a log home is your ability to tailor each and every aspect of the home.

Making Your Own Log-Style Abode a Reality

Log homes are expensive to build and to own. According to the Washington Post article mentioned above, a family home in this style can cost anywhere from $350,000 to millions of dollars. If you are thinking about owning a log home, you should also be sure to acquaint yourself with the routine maintenance that will be required. Not only can this maintenance add up financially, it can also take up a lot of your time. Most log homes need to be re-stained every 3-5 years, and chinking may need to be repaired as well. These things keep your home in good shape, protecting it from damage caused by the sun, wind, air and rain. Re-staining can cost about $5,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of the home. But even with all this maintenance, log homes have the advantage of energy efficiency. But there’s a way to have the characteristics of a log home without the expense and maintenance of log construction. TruLog™ steel log siding has an authentic, lifelike look, but is made of heavy gauge steel. Its insulating foam backer improves the energy efficiency of your home. Unlike a log house, you won’t need to perform any maintenance on your TruLog™ siding. This carefree siding option may need a rinse occasionally, but there’s no re-staining or re-chinking involved. If you are interested in building your own log-style dwelling with durable, realistic faux log siding, please call the experienced TruLog™ team at 970-646-4490. We are located in Loveland, Colorado and are proud to ship steel log siding to areas across the country. Source: [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

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