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  • Are Cedar Log Homes Energy Efficient?


    Very! Our Cedar Log Homes offer superior energy efficiency. We employ the latest technology to engineer and build homes that meet the most rigid conservation standards for a year-round residence even in locations that endure harsh seasonal changes. Log Homes will remain cool in summer and warm in winter due to their natural composition with minimal energy use to maintain an ambient temperature.
    Our Northern White Cedar has the highest insulating value-per-inch of any native construction wood species. This is a result of its unique cell structure, in which large less dense cells trap pockets of air to create natural insulation.

  • Are Log Homes EU Cedar Log Homes well insulated?


    Northern White Cedar has the highest insulating value-per-inch of any native construction wood species. This is a result of its unique cell structure, in which large, less dense cells trap pockets of air to create natural insulation and in compliance with several countries rules no additional artificial insulation is required. We do recommend that insulation is used in floor zones and roof spaces, which will reduce carbon emissions and result in lower fuel bills.

  • Can I custom-design my Cedar Log Home?


    Yes you can! We have learned over many years that log home buyers have very different ideas of what they want in their log home! Most of the homes we sell are customer designed for each family. Our materials packages can also be custom-designed to fit your needs.
    Customer's input is expected and there is no extra charge for custom designs! The ideas for your log home can come from any source. You may want to modify one of our standard Log Homes designs slightly or design your home completely from scratch. It doesn't matter which, there is no extra charge for custom designs at Log Homes EU.

  • Will Log Homes EU build my new Cedar Log Home for me?


    We have several building options which are explained on the building options page . We can offer you complete turnkey operation if you wish to choose this building route.

  • Will Log Homes EU help with the design of my Cedar Log Home?


    Yes we will – our own qualified architects, designers and engineers will work closely with you from concept and throughout the finalization of the complete set of working drawings, which includes floor plans; foundation dimensions; a floor, ceiling and roof framing plan; elevations; and related details.

  • Can I have second floor living space?


    Yes no problem! We can supply a range of solutions to maximize accommodation and still provide an aesthetically pleasing roof-scape

  • Does my new home have to look like a traditional Log Home?


    No – it depends on your own personal taste. When it comes to the outside look of your Log Home there are world of possibilities that guarantee eye catching curb appeal. Our unique building system allows you to choose different styles of cladding, stone, bricks or many other exterior options should you desire something different than the traditional exterior log home look.
    If you choose the traditional log look, leave logs natural and they'll acquire a silvery patina or apply a finish to achieve a specific color tone. Log Homes EU also offer you a choice of corner styles. The standard package is designed with full-log corners. If you prefer, you can also specify corner boards to coordinate with clapboard or log siding.

  • How are Northern White Cedar Logs processed?


    The initial step is called milling, where each log is cut into a "cant" a rough sawn square timber consisting only of cedar's jewel - its heartwood. Air drying ensures a more stable log that is less likely to warp, twist, crack or check (small cracks 4mm or less) and then, once properly dried, a planing process gives each side its unique profile. When your home drawings are finalized, each log undergoes a final cutting and quality inspection. Because cedar is naturally insect and moisture resistant, treatment with harsh chemicals or preservatives is not necessary. Throughout the process, logs are inspected a total of three times by our independently certified log graders. After this rigorous procedure we will provide a delivery date that works with your schedule and timeline - typically within 30 to 90 days of the order being placed - and all components are clearly labeled for easy identification upon delivery.

  • How do I determine the completed cost?


    Many factors affect the completed cost of your new Log Home, including geographic area, special features and on which building route you choose. As a member of the Timber Engineering Group we operate a transparent and honest approach to pricing our products and have shown many examples on our websites. We will always quote you a firm price prior to entering into any agreement and this price remains firm – the only way it can alter is if you ask us to change the agreed scope of works.

  • How do I get through the maze of building codes and regulations?


    The ability of a manufacturer and supplier to meet your local building codes is a crucial issue and should be carefully considered before you buy. Log Homes EU have practicing professionals who will take care of all the planning and construction requirements for you and ensure that all the correct licenses and registrations are in place. Most of our architects, engineers and project managers are bi-lingual – a must where technical explanations can be easily misunderstood

  • Will my new Log Home be allowed in countries like Spain and Portugal?


    There is a lot of uncertainty in respect of what exactly is allowed in Iberia as far as 'wooden buildings' are concerned, as a result of cheap Eastern European imports of sub-standard 'buildings' not being able to meet the demands of the building codes.
    Log Homes EU design and engineer ALL our homes to meet the Eurocodes and country building codes such as the Código Técnico de la Edificación and the Regulamento das Características de Comportamento Térmico dos Edifícios (RCCTE) plus of course the most stringent of all – The UK Building Regulations

  • Is buying process comlicated?


    Initially we provide a simple quote on the information you supply us and on completion of all the alterations a final price is agreed which will include any services you have requested and a written scope of works. We then send you a simple agreement written in plain English (or translated into your language of choice). Our Purchase Agreement is probably the most clear and detailed in the industry. It plainly states every material and service you will receive and also confirms the agreed stage payments.

  • What are the roofing options?


    The roof is the crown jewel of every home we build, adding elegance, strength and complete protection from the elements. We offer three roof systems to choose from: our uniquely designed exposed round purlin roof, traditional rafter construction or a manufactured truss system.
    Our Pre-cut round purlin roof system provides structures with tremendous strength while creating soaring cathedral ceilings, plenty of space for lofts and open, free-flowing floor plans.. Pre-cut gabled ends are pre-erected at our manufacturing facility, then disassembled, to ensure that the angle of each log has been perfectly cut. Purlins may be round or square, depending upon your preference.
    The Rafter Roof System is more conventional, designed with standard dimensional timber. Should you want to make a stronger architectural statement, specify our larger rafter option to create vaulted ceilings in which the rafters are exposed. Log Homes EU also offers you a manufactured truss roof system that allows you to combine both flat and vaulted ceilings. An attic truss system is also available should you need additional second floor living space at an economical price. See our Timber Frame Website:

  • What are my internal finishing options?


    Log Homes allow you a more varied option than most other types of building as interior walls can be finished just like any traditional interior wall installing plasterboard with joints taped and filled (no need for wet trades) - Wallcover or paint can then be applied. There are a vast combination of internal timber finishes (see gallery) and some of the most beautiful Cedar Log Homes EU use a variety of interior finishes to achieve an attractive and balanced combination of color and texture.

  • What does cedar look like?


    Each log of Northern White Cedar is its own masterpiece, with its natural light honey color, fine grain, beautiful smooth sheen and unique arrangement of small brown knots.

  • Can I have porch or open patio and decking?


    When the days are long and the weather warm, you'll want to spend more time outside, entertaining friends, relaxing with family or simply enjoying a lovely view on a quiet sunny afternoon. Log Homes EU can include or incorporate any external feature. We can also design built in roof sun-decks and terraces - you tell us what you want and we will do it.

  • Could you copy a traditional French or Spanish house?


    Log Homes EU can convert almost any design into a quality cedar log home. Our regional directors will work with you to reproduce all aspects of the design and choosing suitable finishes in order to bring you your dream home on budget and on time

  • Will I get a Decennial Guarantee?


    We can do much better than that! We give you a 20-year factory guarantee covering all log components against structural defects and warrants that all items supplied by Log Homes EU are free from defects in workmanship or design. We can also provide a decennial underwritten at Lloyds in London as well as our engineering PI covering design defect Our component suppliers also extend their individual product warranties to you as a Log Homes EU customer and we ensure that each look after any warranty claims promptly and fairly.
    Log Homes EU will assist you in any claims with these companies in the highly unlikely event of any such action.

  • What parts of the Northern White Cedar are used?


    No part of our Northern White Cedar is wasted. After cutting, logs first pass through our state-of-the-art sawmill, which has been designed specifically to handle Northern White Cedar. Each log is cut into a "cant," a rough-sawn square timber consisting only of cedar's jewel -- its heartwood. Since Log Homes EU only supplies the heartwood of cedar logs, pressure treatment is not required - cedar is preferred in place of pressure-treated timber in many areas. Remaining wood is recovered and used for exterior and interior door and window trim; porch, deck, loft and stair railings; tongue-and-groove paneling; and decking. Any wood not meeting our grade is chipped and sold as mulch.
    Cedar chippings are sold as decorative ground cover in gardens as a Termite repellant in affected areas. Cedar will poison ground termites so they avoid these areas and this gives you great peace of mind knowing that your home is safe from attack by these pests.

  • Why are butt-and-pass corners a better choice?


    Another advantage of buying from Log Home EU is our interlocking "butt-and-pass" corner and log joinery system. Instead of the square log ends butting against the face of each other, logs alternately extend past one another. Each log fits together in a tongue-and-groove fashion, with the foam sealant, backer rod and caulking providing superior protection

  • Why do Log Homes EU exclusively use Northern White Cedar?


    Most other suppliers will offer a higher cost option for White Cedar because they usually only supply local pine types in their packages. Log Homes EU believe that this superior timber will supply you with a high-end, low maintenance log home at a similar price level.
    You can therefore have the quality and durability of cedar from Log Homes EU and still have it priced comparably to other lower cost timbers. Northern White Cedar has several characteristics that make it the best wood species to use for log home construction, including:
    -- high natural resistance to rot or decay
    -- the most natural resistance to insects
    -- the best insulation value per inch
    -- more dimensionally stable than most woods
    -- doesn't warp, crack and twist as much as other woods
    -- easy to work, cut, plane and nail
    -- a beautiful light color, with small brown knots
    Click here for more details why you should choose White Cedar

    Don't just take our word about all of the reasons to use Northern White Cedar - why not check other information sources. Look at the difference between cedar and pine log homes that are three to five years old. Talk to the owners about each. Study the wood technology reports on the internet. And reputable sources such as Log Home Magazines state that cedar is "Highly resistant to decay" and is "A finer grade of wood." You'll quickly decide on the value of cedar for your home too!

  • Why is the Comfort System 5" so superior?


    Our team of design engineers developed this unique structurally graded log system The Comfort System 5" which includes air-dried cedar logs, tongue-and-groove joinery, an internal foam gasket barrier, an external foam backer rod and the Perma-Chink energy seal exterior caulking guarantee.

    Northern White Cedar logs: It all begins with this superior wood, known for its structural stability, energy efficiency and natural resistance to the elements and insects. We air-dry our cedar logs for up to six months to balance moisture content. We also mill each log with an overhanging drip edge that works like miniature cedar shingles or clapboards to whisk rain down and away from your home.

    Tongue-and-groove joinery: Our tongue-and-groove joinery, with closed cell gasket material applied to all tongues and end joints during construction, provides a mechanical barrier to the elements by preventing air infiltration through the walls, creating the tightest log home possible. This prevents leaks and ensures maximum energy efficiency. It also helps to keep our log walls straight and true during construction.

    Internal foam gasket barrier: This closed-cell foam gasket barrier between our cedar logs is an additional line of defense that insures your home against moisture and air infiltration.

    External foam backer rod: The profile of each cedar log is grooved to accommodate a foam backer rod. This provides a non-adhesive surface so the caulking will stick only to the upper and lower wood surfaces of the groove. The caulking acts like an elastic band that expands and contracts with the wood. The foam backer rod creates a second barrier to perfect the weather-tight lock, preventing cold air and water from penetrating and warm air from escaping.

    The Perma-Chink energy seal exterior caulking guarantee We use Perma-Chink energy seal exterior caulking especially formulated to fit in the 6mm groove on the exterior surface of our logs to create a weather-tight seal against the elements and protect your home from elements like rain and wind, which can cause problems with air and water infiltration.

    Perma-Chink energy seal exterior caulking is a thoroughly tested blend of acrylic Polymer that dries to form an elastic, durable surface that requires little-to-no maintenance. It is perfectly textured and colored to blend beautifully with the natural tones of Log Homes EU, and the caulking can be stained just like the logs.

    With butt and pass corners in the log joinery system, logs alternately extend past one another instead of the square log ends butting against the face of each other. End logs fit together in a tongue-and-groove fashion with foam sealant, backer rod and caulking providing superior protection.

    The Premier pre-cut purlin roof system is created from the finest handpicked logs, peeled and sized to specification for each individual home. Pre-cut gabled ends are pre-erected at our manufacturing facility then disassembled to ensure that the angle of each log has been perfectly cut. Log Homes EU also offers the option of pre-assembled conventional trussed roof systems for customers preferring traditional flat or vaulted ceilings.

  • Will cedar logs shrink or settle?


    Moisture content, wood species and log joinery systems are all important factors that affect the amount of shrinkage and settlement a homeowner will deal with. Using dry cedar is the major factor that Log Homes EU uses to control shrinkage and settlement. Dry cedar logs produce the tightest log homes. In fact, our air-dried Northern White Cedar log homes experience virtually no settling, so there are no specially engineered slip-joints or bolts to tighten. The lack of movement also ensures that the seal placed between the logs remains relatively undisturbed for a tighter, more energy-efficient and stable log wall, yielding greater energy savings and comfort for our customers.
    Log Homes EU addresses settling and shrinkage issues long before construction begins by:
    -- Using Northern White Cedar exclusively, (which is known for its dimensional stability).
    -- Careful, slow air-drying helps prevent logs from warping, twisting, cracking or checking.
    -- Throughout the structure, vertical wood posts are used to bolt the log rows along with vertical jambs of rough buck and minimize
        downward log movement.
    -- Every interior partition has a 100mm x 100mm post against the log wall, bolted solidly to prevent settling.
    -- Every vertical window and door frame is fastened to each log row to prevent downward log movement.
    -- Dry cedar logs produce the tightest log homes.

  • Will I know what's included in the package and what additional materials I'll need to buy?


    The Timber Engineering Group is the industry leader in "package and option choices" We firmly believe that the more you know about our material and services, the more likely you are to buy from us. Our straight forward easy to understand quotes will list all the components and services that you have requested and tell you what is not included. We understand that investing in a new home of any description is a huge decision to make and you probably won’t understand a lot of the processes in the early days, but we have lots of patience and will answer all your questions honestly and explain anything in details that you may not understand.

  • Why do some models include internal packs and others don't?


    All our standard models include internal packs, except the Camp range Log Cabins. Experience has taught us that many buyers of the Camp range are self-builders and like to finish the interior themselves to their own personal taste. We will gladly quote for any internal finishing components for this range at very economical rates that can be sent with your house kit.

  • If I employ a local contractor will he understand how to put my home together?


    We make our homes so that the construction of your home, no matter where you build it, is easy-to-understand. Builders and contractors everywhere - even in areas where log homes are uncommon - will quickly understand how our homes are constructed. All clients are supplied with detailed construction plans and a 100 + -page Construction Instruction Manual. No log cutting is required on-site in our standard home packages and our unique tongue and groove configuration and dado end cuts are completely pre-cut. The logs for many models can be erected by a three-person crew in less than a week with no special knowledge, skills or tools.

  • Will the cedar logs remain stable and strong?


    Because of its larger cells, cedar can be air-dried, which allows moisture to migrate out of the wood, minimizing twists, cracks or checks (small cracks 4mm or less). Far more dimensionally stable than most other wood species, cedar exhibits minimal shrinkage and the ability to stand up to nature's toughest elements.

    The dryness issue is a very important consideration in selecting your log home supplier. It is important to understand that this issue is the moisture content and not the method of drying or the amount of time dried. Many people believe that the slower, more natural process of air drying is better than kiln drying, which tends to create more stress (cracking and warping) in the wood. Log Homes EU cedar logs are slowly air-dried to an average moisture content upon delivery of 15 percent to 18 percent in the center of the log.

    Checking in a white cedar log is quite minimal. The porous nature of cedar allows it to dry without the ill effects of the process. We only use white cedar heartwood for wall logs as the heartwood is the most stable and resistant to decay with any species. The heart is also a natural checking control feature: when checks do occur, they always stop at the heart. When you stand outside of a Log Homes EU Cedar Log Home and look at the criss-crossing logs at the corner, you will see the heart in every log. Most pine home manufacturers cannot guarantee a heart in every log; therefore, cracks may develop clear through the log.

  • Do I need to find my own builder?


    With Log Homes EU you have the choice of several building options and packages ranging from a kit supply ex-factory to a self-build program or a managed route to a turn-key option, You may want us to handle your planning application or provide site-supervision over your own sub-contractors - whatever combination you choose we will be there for you.
    See page Packages or send for our introduction brochure. .

We build on a foundation of experience and you can rely on us for continued support.

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