Hi all. I am very new here, just found and joined the site tonight.
My wife and I are starting the planning process to build a modest log home. We have two daughters, and are looking to build a 3 bedroom/2bath home. We are in western Maine. We don't yet have a building site picked out.
I am the one who needs to understand how things are done and what the pros and cons are of different methods. I prefer to rely on experienced and unbiased sources of information. Hence I am trying out this online community.
I have been reading some about building methods, and am encountering terms that I don't yet understand. There is the butt-and-pass method (touted by some as the pure traditional and longest-lasting method with the least amount of settling), the Scandanavian full scribe chinkless, the Canadian chinkless, and then all the various milled products. I really want a simple and more traditional log home that will be durable and provide the maximum insulation, so I am leaning towards building with full logs, not milled products. I don't yet know who are the best log home craftsmen in my area, and I need to learn enough to be able to evaluate the various builders that are available to me.
I found a few posts by a professional chinker on this site, and I admit my own ignorance of what chinking even is...but if there are chinkless methods that have been developed, is that because chinking is something to avoid? or does it change the aesthetics? or is it more costly?
I think that I am really looking for some reliable information resources to help me learn about the different building methods so that I can evaluate their strengths, weaknesses, and relative costs and make an informed decision for myself. Is there anyone here who is willing to weigh in on these questions?