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Has anyone added a pure log home addition to a conventional stick built house? We have the land that we want to build our log home on. It has a small (emphasis on small) circa 1945 house already on it. I was thinking that in order to save money, we'd build an addition for the great room/dining room/kitchen and use the existing house for bedrooms. We'd remodel & use log siding on the existing section. Any advice/thoughts?

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Comment by Teri on February 25, 2010 at 5:54pm
Joyce, you may have already been informed on this but in case you haven't, my thought is that it is not a good idea to add additions to an existing stick framed home using stacked log walls. The stacked log walls will shrink and settle while your existing structure will not. This will cause issues in the connection between the two, especially if there is a roof to roof connection. You may want to look at the half-log wall systems framed with 2x6. I will give you my husbands info if you would like professional advice. He is a log home builder specializing in half-log homes which have a very authentic traditional stacked log appearance. Our homes do not look "log sided" and have 13" thick walls.
Best Regards,
Comment by WHISPERING PINES LOG HOMES, INC. on February 6, 2010 at 5:55pm
Joyce, looks like you already have a few ideas. Another is to find a log manufacturer that makes matching log siding, meaning same species and dimensions as the log so you will have more uniformity between the existing and addition.
Comment by Tim Bullock on January 6, 2010 at 2:59pm
Joyce, Great idea and you will save money....I would firstly work on a design so the two look like they have always been might consider some round log features on the existing house rather than siding.....
Comment by Bob Mack on January 6, 2010 at 10:34am
That sounds like a winner. Put a little toung and grove on the walls and have a matching feel for the addjoining rooms.
Comment by logdog on January 5, 2010 at 2:57pm
first of all are you looking for a true log look or do you want wwhat i call wood shaped into logs??/or simulated milled logs?i dont think companys running 6 by 6 s thru a milling machine adding tounge and grooves ,and slightly rounding the face of the post should be allowed to call their product "logs" call them what they are post homes??
Comment by Edward Davis on December 25, 2009 at 10:42pm
You might take a look at our OutPost log cabin line. Its our more economical line of log homes. I've attached a photo where this line was used to add onto an existing home. These log homes are put together a little differently than our traditional Heritage homes. You can find more information at

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