Time to Celebrate the Log Home Lifestyle

Filed in Committees and Councils, Design by on July 5, 2016 2 Comments

The award-winning Tunken model is from council member Rocky Mountain Homes in Montana.

Members of the NAHB Log and Timber Homes Council are celebrating National Log Home Open House Month in July for the fifth consecutive year.

This month, members will honor this American icon by hosting home tours, holding log raising demonstrations, giving mill tours, sponsoring seminars and much more.

“The log and timber home industry emerged entirely out of consumer demand for this unique style of construction,” said council Chairman Doug Parsons of Appalachian Log Structures in Ripley, W.Va. “This distinctive style of home can suit any home owners’ needs, whether they’re looking for a small cabin for weekend getaways or a multi-million dollar estate. Members of the council can work with prospective home buyers to make their dream of owning a log home a reality.”

Today’s manufacturing process uses every portion of the log, resulting in far less waste on the job site. But the waste that remains is typically turned into mulch or sawdust to be converted into fuel.

The logs are solid and the homes are assembled with modern sealant materials, making them highly energy efficient: Logs absorb heat energy during the day and radiate it at night to even the temperature. This thermal mass can make the occupants feel more comfortable, while using less energy over the life of the home.

To ensure the highest quality log home, home buyers would do well to work with NAHB Log and Timber Homes Council companies, as they hold themselves to a higher standard of business and construction practices. These council members:

  • Abide by a strict code of ethics.
  • Grade their logs and timbers by third-party agencies to ensure structural integrity.
  • Provide detailed construction manuals to ensure correct construction techniques.

In addition to sponsoring studies that advance log building technologies, the council provides free information to help consumers make smart choices.

“Our members share the same passion for living in log and timber homes as their customers do,” Parsons said. “Each company invests in the council to develop and improve construction practices and policies that will extend and protect the log home living lifestyle well into the future.”

Visit loghomes.org to learn more about events taking place nationwide during the month-long open house. To find out about council membership — The Log and Timber Homes Council is part of the NAHB Building Systems Councils — contact John Lingerfelt at 800-368-5242 x8357.


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  1. What a great promotional concept to generate qualified traffic and sales ~ and eventual closings!
    ONwards and UPwards!

  2. Harvey says:

    You make a very good point about the reduction in energy usage because of the storage of heat energy in the timber. I think that is something many people wouldnt even consider but makes complete sense and further adds to the appeal of having a log/timber home.

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