Allow me to start by saying that Dennis Anderson, owner of Jeremiah Johnson Log Homes, really exceeded our expectations when it came to log quality. We knew the logs would be awesome because we selected Western Red Cedar (which is unsurpassed in its natural beauty and unique characteristics), but Dennis and his team really went above and beyond by providing logs with gorgeous fluting and a slightly larger average diameter than we anticipated.
For those of you who are new to this blog, let me quickly recap some of our log package details. First, Western Red Cedar is the premium log species for log cabin homes. It has a pleasant aroma and is repellent to insects. It retains a natural oil which acts as a preservative, preventing decay. Unlike many other species, it is resistant to warping and twisting as the logs settle. It also holds the highest thermal value rating relative to all log species.
Second, our logs were sourced from British Columbia. Western Red Cedar is the official tree of British Columbia and commonly referred to as “The Tree of Life.” Dennis made several trips to Canada to hand-select logs for our custom home. He even sent us pictures of other current builds to help us decide things like how we wanted the corners to look.
I’d be remiss if I did not mention that our logs arrived a little later than originally planned due to a variety of factors (which were described in earlier blog posts). This turned out to be a bit of an issue since the logs arrived during a small snow storm and the truck got stuck in the mud not far from our build site. Not to mention the fact that our general contractor, John Kennedy, had a hell of a time keeping the rest of the build (i.e. sub-floors) dry in the mean time. Luckily, John’s team covered the site as best as possible and there was minimal water damage to contend with.
- Picture of one of the log loads stuck in the mud about 500 yards from the build site.
Below are some of my favorite pictures of the logs going up. I will also share a link to a cool time-lapse video that Kit put together at the end of this blog.
- The bottom portion is the walk-out basement. It’ll have a rock facade and will be topped with a deck over-looking Snowline Lake. Kit already made the porch swing we plan to hang from the bottom of the deck!! Stay tuned for more pictures of Kit’s progress with all the log furniture!
- In this picture you can see what I believe is called a screw jack (horizontal beam connected to vertical support). All log homes settle during the first few years. Log home screw jacks (levelers) keep the new home structurally sound. It’s basically a threaded rod that allows movement.
- It’s difficult to see in this picture, but log home interior framed walls and windows are built with shrinkage channels, which are spaces that are intentionally left to allow the logs to settle without putting pressure on interior walls and windows. Slip joints will be used to accommodate the movement.