Construction Of Commercial Log Buildings

Homeowners are not the only ones who desire log homes. A visit to towns such as Jackson, Wyoming and West Yellowstone, Montana  soon reveals that nearly all of the buildings have log or timber tendencies. Rustic and Western permeate the architecture. For the construction of commercial log buildings there are a few different approaches.

The most traditional is handcrafted stacked log walls. These logs range in size down the length of the log. The hand hewn look is gained thought draw knife peeling. Structures from small cabins to large lodges can be built from this style.

Milled or machine cut logs are uniform, with out the deviations of their cousins. Profiles include the full round on interior and exterior, square, or D-log. The D-log is flat on the inside and round on the outside. Most commonly milled logs are utilized for cabins or a row of motel rooms with solid log partition walls between each unit.

Another option for gaining the look of log without as much expense is log siding. Siding can be applied to almost any surface. Even a gas station built out of cement walls was covered in log siding. For installation log siding comes with either tongue and groove or ship lap. The bottom row is mounted first then each row in order around the building. Once the top of the wall is reached, the the top tongue is cut off to leave an attractive finished edge.

Looking at how construction of commercial log buildings is done.

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Timber frame is closely related to log building, but is considered a class of its own. For log homes the stacked logs serve as the walls. With timber framing or post and beam construction the timbers form the superstructure. Then materials such as SIP panels or framing and drywall are used to finish between the posts and beams. True traditional timber framing still uses the mortise and tenon joinery, dove tails, tuck cuts, and other hand made joints.

The construction of log commercial buildings includes all of these options discussed above. Items such as local building codes, job specific needs, and owners preferences determine which option the business owner chooses.