Green Log Cabin House Plans


A home is much more than merely a place to shelter from the cold and rain. This is where you live, eat, play, sleep, and raise your family. To create an ecologically-friendly environment doesn't just help the planet - it also provides you with great health, social, economic, and esthetic benefits. Simply stated, living in balance with the environment makes good sense; and to build with logs - a sustainable resource - makes very good sense indeed. Environmentally friendly contemporary floor plans encompass everything from choice of building materials, construction design and practice, landscaping, appliances, and waste disposal. Building a green home starts with the basic setting and house design. Your home should be positioned so that it makes best use of the sun. The size and placement of windows, heating and cooling options, ceiling heights, lighting, landscaping, and choice of finishes and stains all contribute to making your home green. By using logs instead of commercial lumber you reduce the amount of processing, handling and time that most stick-built and conventional homes require. Only timber which is prime for home-building is harvested, so unwanted younger trees aren't cut unnecessarily. Not only does this keep costs down, but it also lowers transportation expense for fuel and processing.

The fact that log cabin house plans use wood - a renewable resource - makes them eco-friendly right off the top. As trees are cut down, replacements are planted. Most manufacturers of log homes are involved in reforestation programs which replace more trees than they harvest. Not only are trees a renewable resource, but all parts of trees are used with minimal waste. Bark can be recycled for mulch, bedding, and landscaping. Trunks are used in log cabin construction; and branches are made into furniture. Since log home interior walls don't require additional finishing, fewer chemicals - or materials which use chemicals in their manufacture - are needed, which saves money all around. Log homes also use fewer metal fasteners in the building process, which lowers costs.

Because the solidity and stability of a log home doesn't depend upon its fasteners (but rather the weight of the logs themselves), the energy efficiency increases as the home ages (and the logs settle) rather than decreases, as in conventional houses. There have been many studies done measuring the thermal properties of log homes versus conventional stick-built small houses plans. Typically these studies show that log homes outperform other types of houses by 17%. The location and design of homes; the windows and doors; and the climate all affect this assessment; but the big difference is the thickness and solidity of the logs. Another advantage of log construction is that in the event the home is demolished, its component parts - the logs - can be recycled, since the timbers are quite valuable and there is always a demand for seasoned logs. Since everybody needs a home, consider that log homes can best serve both your family and the environment.