My wife and I almost bought a coventry kit a couple years ago and then the land we were going to purchase fell through. In the end it was for the best, but we have a renewed interest to build.
I was introduced to panelized log homes this past wknd by a short factory tour of our local log home business (maine cedar log homes). I was not aware they made modular/prefab type log homes then started doing some digging on this forum. Doesn't seem to be much out there (except for testimonials) with regards to overall satisfaction, looks and general happiness with such a house. I am all for the traditional log home, hence the coventry possibility, but am curious about a panelized home that I saw last wknd. They claim an R value of ~28.
So basically, they use D-shaped half logs and attach over a traditional stick built 2x6" wall. They look like a real log home on the outside, although the corners are squared off. Also saw Blue Ridge log homes and they have a similar approach.
After heavily researching traditional log homes 2 years ago, I feel more confused then ever with the other options out there now. Can anyone provide some insight (pros/cons) into the prefab log homes? Are they really less expensive, less maintainence? Is this considered a "poor man's log home"? Thanks.