Building homes with logs has been a construction method for millenia, so it is unsurprising that over the centuries several different styles of construction have evolved and each has its own unique character that can significantly influence the end design and feel of the building. Which method of construction you choose is largely a personal choice so here’s our guide to the three main techniques we use, to guide you in that decision making process.
Before we get started it is useful to be aware of some of the terminology involved.
Notch - this is the corner of the building where perpendicular logs intersect. There are various methods and styles revolving around the construction of the notch.
Scribe - the process by which a log is shaped to ensure a seamless but natural-looking fit with the other logs it interacts with.
Hew - to flatten a naturally round log on one or more sides. Most commonly used in dovetail construction which requires geometric intersections.
Groove - the void created between two logs where they intersect, usually filled with natural sheep's wool insulation.
Post and Beam
Post and beam construction dates back almost 4,000 years and consists of widely-spaced vertical posts across which load-bearing horizontal beams are installed. Timber framed infill walls are then inserted between the posts giving you options around the finishes, energy efficiency and build cost.