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Log Homes | Log Notching and Construction Types

Manual felling of logs in different styles from the company Bear Log

Log home building technologies - from Canadian notch to Post and Beam houses.

In the wooden logbuilding there are two main technologies. First one is log notching, which is subdivided into Scandinavian and Russian styles. This is more traditional style of log home building. And the second one is frame timber technology - Post and Beam which is becoming more popular nowadays.

The highest quality of log home building is achieved due to handcrafting which can't be reached by manufacturing logs by other methods. Just because handcrafting the log save it's natural qualities - warmth, durability, natural beauty and resistance to environmental influences. The log handcrafting technology affects to the style and appearance but, moreover, the thermal conductivity and technological manufacturability of log. The BearLogHomes company is able to use different materials for inside and outside finishing and building the wood house. We gonna to explain to you what the differences are.

Log notching types in wooden houses building

Lognotching is the most popular type of wooden home building. The walls in this case consist of logs arranged horizontally. Bowls are cut at the junctions or intersections of the walls (over-cuttings) during logging in the log. The cutting technology can be used according to the Russian technology with a round bowl, or the Canadian log house can be used, which is also divided into two types - the traditional Canadian or diamond bowl.

Wooden buildings in a Russian log notch

The most common type of felling in Russia

Felling of logs in the Russian bowl has been the most common type of cutting in Russia since olden times. All logs and bowls are round In the log cutting.

Disadvantages of building log cabins in the Russian notch.

While the processes of drying logs is going, the logs are becoming smaller in size and in the log's corner joints crevices are formed, which as the larger in size as the thicker the diameter of the log. For example, if you use logs with a diameter of 30cm in the logs, then gaps around 7mm can be formed, and if the log is at 40cm, the slots can be up to 10mm.

Advantages of building log cabins in the Russian notch.

This type of felling is not occasionally has taken roots in cold Russia. Usually the width of the groove in the log (thermal lock) is about half the diameter of the log.

Building log cabin in Scandinavian saddle notch

Saddle notch technology of building log cabin is the most logical technology in wooden house construction using logs with a diameter of forty cm or more.

The main advantage in the suddle notch of the corner joint on top of the log is made by the cracks, which give the log in the place of connection not a round but a saddle shape. Due to this, the upper log in the process of shrinkage does not form a gap in the cross-over, but slips along the made cracks downwards and prevents the appearance of cracks between the logs.

Log homes builded in saddle notch

Felling log in Canadian traditional bowl

Upper dressers are made to improve shrinkage processes when a log is over-felled.

The advantages of felling technology in the saddle notch

The processes of shrinkage of a wooden house for tenants are more inconspicuous.

Disadvantages in the suddle notch

In the formation of cracks, due to which in the Canadian notch the drying process more favorably passes, the width of the thermal groove between the logs decreases. When crafting logs in a Canadian notch of logs forty cm, the width of the tip will be about fifteen cm.

Building log cabins diamond notch style

Cabin felling in the diamond bowl

A wooden house or bath cut into a diamond saddle notch is considered to be aerobatics. A chic appearance is achieved not only by the upper notches in the overcut, but also by the lower ones. Due to the repeated intersection of the faces (spikes) in the over-cut, this type of logging got its name - diamond.

Advantages of technology of building log houses in a diamond notch.

The same as the saddle notch - favorable processes for logging in the period of shrinkage of logs.

Disadvantages of building log cabin in a diamond notch

Slight width of the heat tip. It can be even narrower than the house builded in a saddle notch because the log has cracks from above and below the log. We recommend building houses in a diamond notch made of logs with a diameter of at least forty cm.

Log cabin in a hybrid style.

Felling log hybrid style. Walls in the Canadian bowl, roof post and bimEverything is very simple and understandable! First floor of log home handcrafted in notch, second floor using Post and beam!

Advantages of building log home in a Hybrid style

Hybrid log homes has good constructive if you have a complex, but not a two-slopes roof. Then it is not possible to use handcrafted pediments. The rafters system rigidly fastened by the crate, counter crate, roofing cover will not allow the gables located perpendicular to each other during the shrinkage to change the angle of the roof slope by using a traditional razor using traditional sliding supports for rafters. On the pediments between the logs, slots equal to the value of the log's service are necessarily formed.

Disadvantages of building a log house in a hybrid style

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Builing houses on technology log Post and Beam

Cutting house cedar technology Post and Beam

The technology of Post and Beam logging, when the frame - the base of the house consists of beams and pillars made of logs, allows you to use a variety of materials to fill the walls - horizontal logs without overburden, stone, glass. As a rule, framed walls are made with cladding with various types of cladding boards - log siding, shingles, imitation of timber or unedged board. Also on the frame wall, you can easily lay tile or stick wallpaper. Timber frame houses allow using completely different finishing and building materials in the design.

Advantages of building Post and Beam

Frame-timber construction is very stable and practically does not shrink.

Disadvantages of building by Post & Beam technology

The disadvantage of a frame-and-frame construction can be filling the walls with a chopped log. The height of the pillars and beams in Post & Beam houses remains unchanged over time, while the chopped walls are subject to shrinkage.

More information about Post and Beam technology on page building a house Post and Bim

Experience and knowledge of the company BearLogHomes allow you to build for you a wooden log house by any known of handcrafted method