Picking and constructing a log house for winter.

Posted Sep 17, 2020, Category: Advice

Winters can be harsh, especially for those of our partners that do business in the northern hemisphere. However, with right preparations, those companies that provide construction and maintenance services can help their clients make the right choices in preparation for winter. Choosing a bespoke log house is difficult enough – just thinking about all the right design, size and planning options can make one’s head spin. But with the right advice, all the choices are usually made well with the help of our partners. The exact same situation is with log homes that are ready for winter. If the end customer lives in a cold climate, they will need to consider several aspects of this season before construction can even begin.

And so, in this blog post, we would like to share some insights into how log homes can be planned for winter, what to consider while planning and what to look out for.

The sunlight capture

Let’s the the basic stuff out of the way: if you do business up north, you customers are going to want to capture as much sun as possible. Not to mention the savings on energy efficiency in any building, glulam houses or otherwise. By simply planning the orientation of the long side of the log house toward the south, where the sun’s rays are strongest, your customers can reduce their house’s energy use by 30 to 40 percent, Simple as that. By capturing the sun, there’s less time the light is on, long time before the heating needs to be turned on, or the fireplace burned.  So, first thing’s first – consider the glulam house plans to include southward orientation.

Proper insulation

Now on to the next obvious stuff to consider for the cold season: insulation. To keep any log house warm and energy bills low, we always recommend to invest in high quality insulation. Choices for insulation include wool, rigid foam, fiberglass batt, spray foam or blown-in cellulose. Local building codes may alter your customer’s choices in insulation. All our contemporary log home plans include preparation for insulation, so your customers can choose the option that suits them best, or if you’re the builder as well, it will give you freedom to make the best choice.

Detailed indoor planning

All bespoke timber houses, ready to be built in a frigid climate should include a vestibule, where your the owners of the log house could dry off their winter clothes and gear. If the home theatre is in the plans, consider the sun glare off of the fields of snow. If your clients are intending their log house as a ski cabin, consider offering them an option of buffering the bedrooms from the lviing room area. to ensure that everyone is rested as well as entertained. If there’s a chance of being snowed in or the nearest shopping centre is very far away, consider offer your customers the option of creating an extra large basement larder for keeping food stock.

Take care of the cars

In winter, the nighttime temperatures can turn any vehicle’s oil into a substance resembling wax. Offer your customers the option to avoid this with an insulated and heated garage next to their log house. Our catalogue has options for garages that can also be insulated and even work as storage units that can hold the food stock or skiing gear. Make sure to advise your clients to also get properly insulated garage gate. They do cost extra, but the result will be an always available, dry car that will rust less and start with no issues.

Final thoughts

There are many things to consider in preparation for spending winter in the log house. However, with good forward thinking and small investments, the results will speak for themselves. We always recommend our partners to discuss the project in as much detail as possible, so that we could also receive as much information about the glulam beam house plans as possible. This way, together with our partners, we can build a truly magnificent log home, ready for anything the winter can show.