Log Home Living July Issue Profiles Council Open House Month
Celebrate Our Log Home Heritage This July
Log and Timber Homes Council Holds Month-Long Open House
The frontier log cabin is an American icon, with no less than five U.S. presidents calling it home in our history, including Abraham Lincoln. But it wasn’t until the latter half of the 19th Century when the great camps of the Adirondack Mountains and their grandiose cabins reawakened a hunger for this rustic style of construction.
Crafted in remote locations, using logs, timbers and stone, with shingled roofs, broad overhangs and porches, these rustic buildings allowed people to get away from it all in style. In the 1960s and ‘70s the back to nature movement made many buyers seek to build with logs and timbers.
“It’s worth noting that the log and timber home industry emerged entirely because of consumer demand for this unique style of construction,” says Doug Parsons, Chairman of the Log and Timber Homes Council, part of the National Association of Home Builders and President of Appalachian Log Structures.
The Log Home Council was formed in 1977, to help the industry be accepted by building code officials, a mission it continues to this day. Now this July you can learn more about this form of housing that enjoys such a rich tradition in the United States.
The Log and Timber Homes Council is celebrating National Log Home Open House in July. Companies that belong to the council will be hosting model home tours, log raising demonstrations, factory tours, seminars and much more.
“Buyers can research and discover anything they need to know to make their dream of a log home become a reality,” says Parsons, with Appalachian Log Structures. “Many homeowners report that merely living in a log home provides them with a sense of sanctuary and connection to Mother Nature that is calming. Coming home feels like going on vacation.”
For decades, new log home owners have expected members of the Log and Timber Homes Council to help lead the progress to helps make their dream home a reality. That’s because all council members pledge to:
• Abide by a strict code of ethics
• Grade their logs and timbers by third party agencies to ensure quality
• Provide construction manuals to ensure correct construction techniques
• Sponsor scientific studies that advance log building technologies
• Provide free information to help consumers make smart choices
“When you interact with a company that belongs to the Log and Timber Homes Council, you will find they share the same passion for living in a log and timber home as you do,” Parsons says. “Each company invests in the council to develop and improve construction practices and policies that will extend and protect the Log home living lifestyle well into the future.” Visit www.loghomes.org to learn local events in your area during the month-long open house.