Log & Timber Reclaimed & Rebuilt

401328 Grey Road 4
Hanover ON
1 877 364 2731








 

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Frequently Asked Questions
WHY THE OLD LOGS?

We love the look and feel of the 100+ year old logs & timbers with the contrasting chinking between the logs and the hand cut dove-tailed corners.

We have been antique dealers for more than 30 years and the century log house or great room was a natural extension for us. Century log homes, timber frame or stone houses offer something to the owner that is very personal and very special. It’s a connection to a time that we can appreciate and identify with; simple, hardworking, hand made and family values.

In this time of recycling plastic, aluminum and other man made products, isn’t is rather timely to actually save 40-50 large and mature trees in the building go a home or a great room addition?

 
ARE THE LOGS PERFECT?
No, but that is part of the appeal. We eliminate any significant rot of decay replacing the log or using only the desirable solid timber. So you are getting good logs with great character.
 
WHAT DOES HAND HEWN MEAN?

Rather than sawing a log to flatten or straighten the sides, the old time ‘hewers’ would use a special axe that had a large blade and was offset to one side. They would then stand on the log and chip off or ‘hew’ the one side working their way down the log to flatten one side. Then repeat it to make the log the desired thickness. This gives the log the characteristic ‘axed look.

An experienced logs man could do a log in a day depending on the size and type of wood. He would make it straight and consistent in thickness. A true craftsman.

 
WHAT IS CHINKING?

Chinking is the stuff that fills in the gaps between the logs to keep the weather out. Originally, it was cedar wedges and moss or a mortar mix. Today, chinking is a process involving insulation and a flexible latex type stucco that actually bonds to the logs and significantly reduces air infiltration.

 
WHAT IF I ALREADY OWN A HOUSE AND I LIKE MY PROPERTY?
Great, we can add a hand hewn century log great room addition & stone fireplace on the back, side or front of your existing house. You can benefit from the classic beauty of the log home addition at a fraction of the cost of a completely new log home.
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD LOG HOUSE AND A HOUSE BUILT WITH NEW LOGS?

There are many differences.

  • Availability- there is a limited quantity of century hand hewn log homes that are still reclaimable
  • Character- there is a completely different feel between new log homes and the antique log homes
  • Shrinkage- new logs settle & shrink to some extent. Doors & windows must allow for this movement. Old logs are already dry and because of the different style of construction there is little movement of logs
  • Size- the hand hewn log homes are typically of a smaller dimension. Often they would have a boards & batten addition or another log or stone building attached
 
WHAT IS THE R-VALUE?

The logs themselves typically have an R-value of 1.2 per inch thickness. The logs themselves are between 8” to 10” thick. The chinking between the logs can have an R-value of 30-35 (6” to 8”solid foam insulation) The spray foam insulation also reduces air infiltration into the log home.

 
CAN A HOMEOWNER HAVE INPUT INTO THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Yes. Each log home is one of a kind. The size of the logs can vary. The old logs can be combined with a modern kitchen & bathroom amenities. Floors can be old pine or new hardwood. There are many choices and options.