“Log Home / Timber Chalet”
British Columbia is famous for it’s timber industry, so naturally we host some of the most exemplary log and timber framed homes. Cozy up to the warmth of a log home, whether a rustic and informal cabin vacation home, or the traditional structures of a timber frame residence. In this architectural style, the log home is known for it’s diversity and popularity in both residential and tourism structures. Ski mountains as well as bed & breakfasts can offer their guests an exciting, inviting experience inside a chalet or woodsy themed vacation retreat. Perfectly paired with an outdoorsy lifestyle, a log chalet is at home in the mountains or on your rural residential lot. If you are thinking about contracting a home builder for a log home construction or timberframe dwelling, let’s look at the origins and features of this style.
Historically, timber frames were built as herders’ homes who produced dairy from livestock in mountainous regions. Their log homes were built to withstand strong winds and heavy snow with their sturdy timber structures and sloped roofs, while the herdsmen moved their livestock down the valley to wait out the cold temperatures. Today’s log homes feature many architectural options and layouts with all the benefits of a solid, weather resistant build.
The building of a timber frame or log home relies on tight fitting joinery, integrity of the materials, and critical geometry to create a self supporting structure. Timber framing is a specialty craft requiring skilled carpenters to create tight, well crafted joints using specific tools. Wood pegs or wedges are used to connect the joinery, with a time honoured tradition rooted in the early days of furniture making. Post and beam construction also requires skilled tradesmen to create well-fitted joints while incorporating mechanical fasteners and steel plate connectors. In both styles, elements of the construction may be hidden or exposed to showcase the structural integrity and rugged appearance.
Surrounded by the glory of nature, fresh air, mountains and trees, many people dream of building their log home or cabin getaway. With its beautiful and practical A-frame roof, snow build up is not a problem. In any setting, log cladding, tree trunk features, expansive windows and generous porches make the most of the views and create a connection to the great outdoors. Popular 2-storey timberframe plans offer more living space with less excavation costs and often feature a cozy upper loft.
Inside, home owners can choose from rounded, half-log walls or flat log walls. The iconic, rounded log walls can proudly display their natural woodsy tones or look amazing in a fresh, white wash treatment. On the ceilings, solid wood beams are lined along the flat, smooth surface to define its beauty. Walls with flat logs look fantastic while still showing the chinking in between. The interiors of your log cabin or timber chalet home can be customized with designs that compliment their rustic structures. Consider adding farmhouse style built-in furniture or a spa bathroom complete with a jetted tub and fresh air windows.
Exposed beams, elaborate trusses and timber braces, are just few samplings of architectural enhancements possible for your timber frame home. A well crafted log home offers beautiful interior features such as recessed lighting, bay windows, decorative custom railings, stone fireplaces or built-in bookcases. Add a custom touch to your kitchen with a center island or a built-in eating area with storage. A cozy reading nook, or an upper loft bedroom with tree top views turns your chalet style log home into the perfect relaxation retreat.
Log homes and timber chalets are popular because their designs can be simple and economical to build, or modified to make the most of your custom features and space requirements. Your plan may include a basic design or custom modifications, such as a full length walk-out porch, guest house, enclosed patio or even the addition of an entire level of living space.
Who knew the traditional log home could offer so many possibilities for your new home construction? With a skilled timber frame builder you can choose from a variety of home plans, additions, and interior designs suited to this rustic architectural style.