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The basic building blocks of a log home are all the same, at least in two dimensions. The only thing that really differs from log to log is length and where notches will be cut for fitting. In precision-cut construction, the logs are cut to a uniform size, so the fit is generally true no matter the placement of the log. The modular construction process at the site is fairly simple, too. A crew of two, a foreman and a crane operator interior view of interlocking corners

are all that are needed for most homes. The site is prepared by first clearing the land, digging a basement (optional) and laying up a foundation to specifications. While this is going on, the modular pieces are fabricated at the factory on jigs and lagged together, with insulation tape placed between the logs. A typical house has, on average, ten modular pieces to be shipped on a couple of flatbeds At the site, a crane unloads the modules and lifts them into place. The pieces fit together like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. The lower level walls go into place first. After they're lagged together, beams and inner support posts follow, then the second level ' (if there is to be one) goes up.

The roof is contracted locally, as are the windows and doors, or you can finish that phase yourself. inner face of log wall is milleld flat while outer walls retain shape The modular walls from Lincoln Log Homes are well put together, thanks to the precision cutting of the logs and the fit ensured by using the jigs at the factor y. It's generally easier to control the quality of construction at a factory than it is for a sitebuilt home. How about energy use in a log home? The walls are on order of R- 19 in their natural state, though if you wanted to, you could put insulation on the insides of the outer walls. And, generally, air filtration is not a problem, especially in a precision-cut log home, because the fit is good and the insulating material placed between logs blocks out the passage of air. Wiring and plumbing run in the partition walls on the interior. On the log walls they run behind a baseboard. Heating a log house is the same as in a conventional house-ducts run partition walls to the second floor. All kinds of heating systems can be used, though most commonly a wood stove is somewhere present, which fits right in with the ambience of the rest of the house. The log cabin in the woods has become the log home in the suburbs. Modular building techniques can only accelerate that trend.

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