Ron and I have been looking through designs and pictures of log homes for a few weeks now. We like the full round log design. In the course of research I have found a common theme that Cedar is more bug resistant and is a drier wood thereby reducing the degree of post-construction settling and checking (??).
We can get larger full round pine logs for the approx the same or even slightly less than the cost of cedar in a smaller diameter ( 10" white cedar vs. 12" northern white pine). I am basing this on the coast comparison provided by Hiawatha Log Homes, and observations from other websites and brochures.
Those of you who have completed and/or constructed log homes...Do you have Cedar or Pine, and how much $$$ per square foot is going into routine maintainance costs? Do you think we would reoup the extra expense for cedar with decreased maintainance costs over the life of the home? Would you choose a different wood than you currently have, and why?
Penny and Ron