The Log House: a typology of houses with wood. How are they built? What are the positive features of these buildings? What negative elements? What the suitable environments? We see everything there is to know about this particular type of dwelling.
Wood is particularly suitable for building structures of each style and is a timeless material, fashion always, from antiquity to the present day. It is employed as a piece of furniture both classical and modern environments, perhaps combined with steel and glass details. The wood, with its colors, smells and the beautiful veining, coaxes the true natural side of each of us.
Perhaps it is precisely because of this that the wooden parts of a building, once covered for fear to make it appear the House too crude, now emerge as an abyss and find themselves as indispensable elements in order to make their homes greener than ever.
One of the most popular building systems for proponents of green building is named Log House, which literally means “log”. Those who build these types of buildings, leaving completely exposed timber wall structures in such a way as to make the idea of a truly eco-friendly, natural, cozy home, I mean one of those houses that all dream of finding in the mountains, while a winter evening. This does not mean that it could be a perfect escape for the summer seasons, in the heart of the city, but that’s another matter.
What is a Log House?
A Log House is a building made of natural logs are processed and treated previously and then installed on top of each other, forming the typical wavy walls.
Their industrial construction adopts the same methods of the blockhouse, which the logs are left in their natural form, circular section, thus not subjected to sanding and remodeling jobs. However, the choice of the trunks is accurately estimating the time for cutting and processing.
The Assembly of the log, it is also another very delicate process, because a single error would affect the quality standard. The construction system of Log House is the superposition of massive logs of various sizes, square or rounded edges, that fit each other allowing you to weld the walls and making it impossible for their movement. The Assembly is designed in such a way as to ensure seal against air and water infiltration inside the building, as well as the sealing of joints and corners. The whole process requires a highly skilled workforce.
The Log House have the same characteristics of earthquake-proof prefabricated wooden houses. Even the fire resistance is, of course, a factor which, because of their nature, cannot qualify as top of the list.
Wood, left exposed both on the inside and outside, not buy more only a structural value but it is part of the beauty of the building, but rather represents an indispensable element.
The Trunks Of The Log House?
Generally, for building a Log house Arctic pine logs are used, essence widespread Scandinavian areas instead of spruce, Alpine and more typical for this well known even in Italy.
The type of trunks used greatly depends on companies and by the choice of the customer. Generally trunks stand out especially for the shape. In fact the Log House that lie ahead can be as follows:
- flat round outside and inside;
- completely round, inside and out;
- completely flat, inside and out;
- with grooves.
The profiles of the logs are processed in such a way as to allow a tongue and Groove.
The pitfalls of a loghouse: maintenance and costs
Of hard inclusion within our city streets, the Log House is mostly known and used in the territories of origin as in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, generally characterized by a colder climate than that of Italy.
In addition, the wood is easily subject to moisture, insects and all those microorganisms that can affect durability of structure and this is particularly true especially in climatic zones characterized by wide variations between summer and winter; the elements are wood stretching movements. The Log House do not constitute by their nature an excellent acoustic insulation system.
It is evident, therefore, as the cost of these buildings cannot be too cheap. The continuous maintenance and the particular treatment of the trunks, they only require a high price compared with standard wooden prefabricated buildings, otherwise, the bargain price stands a bad construction.