In recent years, more people have realized the beauty and stability of log homes. These homes add an air of tranquility and beauty to almost any setting. If you just purchased or built a log home, or if you've owned one for a long time, there are several things you can do to improve its appearance, value, and quality.
Every home can benefit from time and attention to the landscaping around the property, and log homes gain even more. First, decide what you want the landscaping to highlight about your home. Do you want it to stand out as the lone structure bathed in light? Perhaps, you'd rather it fade into the mountain as another piece of nature. Pick the bushes, flowers, and pathways accordingly. Remember to keep or plant trees fairly close to the house. These trees provide shade for the house, shielding it from the sun's harsh rays.
When you think about protecting your home, security systems come to mind first. While these may be necessary, another danger awaits log homes, the natural elements. Moisture can wreak havoc on logs. If water penetrates the logs, they begin to rot compromising the structure of the building. You can easily protect the logs by installing overhangs during the construction process. However, in an existing home, a simpler solution may be to routinely inspect wood for excess moisture. Logs should be sealed on a regular basis, and corrupt boards replaced. Bugs can also be a detriment to the home. You can spray for bugs yourself, or find a reputable company to come out on a schedule.
Many log home owners enjoy quite moments alone with nature, and there's no better way to experience this life than with your own personal hot tub and spa. Adding a space to relax in allows you to unwind after a long day at work or to relieve sore muscles after chopping wood for the fireplace. In colder climates, an indoor personal hot tub spa might be best. You can surround the room with windows to take advantage of the natural light and wondrous views while enjoying a heated room. If you need more privacy, simply add blinds. For the more adventurous or those who live in milder climates, an outdoor spa is an excellent idea. Build your space around the hot tub, but don't be afraid to add other amenities. You can be sure you friends will want to come join you.
Log homes can be decorated in a variety of ways. One of the most common is to incorporate other items of nature, such as stones, sticks, and pinecones. Personalize this common theme by tailoring it to your specific tastes. Maybe you hunt and want to proudly display your trophy animals, or perhaps you desire a more subtle display of pinecones in a vase on the fireplace mantel. Make it your own, but draw the house together with natural items.
Log homes are naturally energy efficient in that no additional insulation is necessary in the outer walls. However, as the home ages and settles, leaks may occur between the logs or around doors and windows. Consider getting an energy audit using thermography or a blower door test to see where air escapes your home. You can then address these areas. You should also have your HVAC system inspected annually. A trained HVAC technician can alert you to any issues within the system, such as air duct leaks, and perform regular maintenance.
By following these five tips, you can enjoy your log home for years to come. Revisit each idea at least once a year to assess the overall feel and effectiveness of your home.