|Project by daltxguy||posted 12-06-2007 01:31 PM||3161 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
At the beginning of November, I left home to eat, live, breathe and dream sawdust and woodchips and to learn how to build a log home for the next 30 days. This was a dream come true. It was hard work, it was hot but it was all worth it as we completed a 8.6m x 6.4m shell which is to be used as a B&B in Te Anau, New Zealand.
I started a blog on this and I promise to get more info up about the whole process and experience and some of the notes I made to myself which I think would be of interest and useful to others as well, but that will have to wait as now we are off on 1 month of summer vacation.
For now, I just wanted to show people the result of 4 weeks of work and instruction. Don’t underestimate the amount of work involved in a log home building. Even though we used chainsaws and some heavy machinery for moving the logs, this is still a handcraft.
As a group of 12, eventually we got into a pattern where there were hours of quiet work where we rotated, adjusted and scribed the logs, then all hell broke loose as the logs were lowered to the ground and we got busy cutting the notches, the long grooves, the deep grooves, the coves on the overhangs, trimming log ends etc. You can imagine the sound of 12 chainsaws running at the same time.
We completed the shell up to the plate logs. We also completed the ridge log but it isn’t up in these pictures as this will be held up with conventional framing gable end walls. The B&B is a 1 bedroom with stairs leading to a loft upstairs. It has an open cathedral ceiling in the living room. The large opening at the front will be facing the mountains and off to the side 2 windows and and a door will look onto a porch which faces a lake.
The owners already have the foundation laid and they hope to have the building completed and erected about March of next year, still in time for some of the summer season. Natural Log Homes of Geraldine, New Zealand will be completing the work ( still to go are cutting window openings, adding wiring, adding rubber seals, drilling holes for drift pins, hurricane rods and securing to the foundation, porches and log framing in the entranceway). Then of course, there is still all of the conventional construction work.
Luckily we got to do all of the fun stuff…
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