Your Log Home Turnkey: Smyth Logwork and Construction is a licensed General Contractor with a Residential Endorsement. We are qualified and have the expertise to build your dream home from start to finish. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Let us design and build your home!
1. Consult with us
Bring us your building plans or let us help you design your home. We will work with you to gather design ideas and come up with a functional floor plan and exterior look to meet your needs. You can then draw your plans, choose to work with an architect or Ramey can develop a set of building plans.
2. Sign a contract
Once the plan is set the contract is signed and we can then order the logs for your home. We recommend doing this at least 6 months in advance as the logs must be cut and transported to our log yard.
3. Log preparation
When the logs arrive they are debarked by hand using a drawknife. They are then left to dry for a few weeks and then fine peeled. After each log gets fine peeled it is then treated with a borate wash.
Once the logs are prepared the first round is cut and set. Each log is then hand scribed, fitted with sheep’s wool insulation, drilled for dowels and electrical wiring and stress relief cuts are made. The window and door headers are pre-cut, post are cut, loft logs are milled to accept flooring and gable logs, ridge pole and purlins are milled to accept roofing.
When the log shell is completed, we disassemble it with a crane onto flatbed trailers. We contract with truckers to move the logs to your home site. We reassemble the shell on to your foundation. When this is complete we cut out all window and door openings, chamfer edges, cut out electrical boxes and install posts.
The building process is usually done spring through fall. It takes 2-3 months depending on the size of the structure. Typically, you would sign the contract in the fall or winter, the logger cuts the logs in the winter, we would debark the logs in the spring and build your home over the summer.
5. Roof structure
The correct roof structure is a very important part of your log home. The key to a log home lasting 1000 years is making sure that your roof structure is designed to keep the logs dry
6. Materials we use
- The materials we choose are a factor in a healthy indoor living environment
- Our homes are built using the highest quality Alaskan White Spruce which is sustainably harvested from the Fairbanks area. Each carefully selected log will be a minimum of 10” at the tip and up to 3 feet at the larger end.
- Sheep’s wool is used for insulation between each log. Sheep’s wool is a healthy, low particulate natural material with an R-value similar to other high quality insulations.
- Birch dowels are used to secure each round. The use of hardwood instead of steel eliminates condensation which could eventually cause rot inside the logs.
- After the logs are fine peeled they are treated with a natural borate solution to prevent mold and mildew.
- We use and recommend Lifeline log home products.