If you’re comparing the characteristics between concrete log homes and traditional log homes, it’s fair to say that with log homes made of wood, you have to worry about mold, rot, insects, and fire — over time. But with concrete log homes you do not. Nor do you have to apply stain to the home’s exterior every few years. And, since you don’t have to chop down any trees for concrete log homes, concrete log homes are also considered to be environmentally-friendly.
The first official sign that construction is about to take place on our new log home site: the posting of the Building Permit! But it was a day of highs and lows, thanks to a series of tornadoes that hit in Williamson County the night before.
Before we could close on our construction loan with the bank, we had to submit proof of ‘builder’s risk insurance’ to the loan officer. We THOUGH there would be a simple builder’s risk type of policy from the insurance companies that would cover things like ‘theft of materials’, ‘new construction theft’, and ‘dwelling under construction. What we found was most insurance companies wanted you to buy a complete homeowner’s policy with them instead.
With hurricane season upon us — June 1 through November 30 — I thought it might be worthwhile to see how well log homes fare under typical hurricane conditions. You’ll also find some excellent tips here if you are currently building a log home and you want it to be able to withstand hurricane force winds!
The next house we visited on the Honest Abe Tour of Log Homes was actually not on the tour… it was simply one that Tonya had mentioned to us, in case we wanted to swing by and have a look. We are SO glad we did!…
I would venture to guess that those who buy (or build) log homes are typically people who have a greater appreciation for — and involvement with — the outdoors. There’s just something about a rustic cabin-type abode that appeals to outdoorsy people. But did you ever stop to think that Mother Nature is both a log home owner’s friend… and enemy?