Prepare For Log Home Package should be in giant letters on your calendar because it’s a big moment when the log kit finally arrives. You’ve picked the cabin layout you want, had your floor plans drawn up, selected a builder or decided to build it yourself, thought through every step…but are you really ready?
In addition to installing your utilities, let's look at some ideas to consider before your log home package arrives.
You have to be able to get heavy trucks to your building site to deliver logs and pour concrete; or maybe to bring in a crane to set rafters. You need to have an all-weather road or driveway built and ready.
Stake out the route paying attention to elevation contours, clear trees and brush, grade it properly for drainage and lay down a solid bed of gravel. Don't pave it yet or the large trucks can tear it up during construction. It's best to let it settle and compact before final paving.
To prepare for the log home package you need to have a way to unload your log package. If you’ve bought a complete kit it will come bundled together and you have to use a forklift or Skytrak to unload. If you are buying random length logs and site-cutting them like we normally do, you can unload them one by one and do it just by hand.
A typical 30’ x 36’ cabin might use 1600 linear feet of 6" x 8” D-logs. We can unload this in just 2 or 3 hours. We stack them in piles around the floor to distribute the load and to have the logs ready where we need them.
You will need to have some way of protecting the logs from the weather. The best thing is a water-proof tent of some kind, maybe 20’ x 30’. You can make your own out of plastic but remember that the logs need to breathe.
You must provide air circulation or you can get mold and discolored logs. Don’t wrap the tent tightly against the wood. Tie it or stake it out so that there is space between the plastic and the logs, if possible.
Sometimes we get logs and lumber that has blue–tinted stains. This is a harmless fungus that has discolored the wood and won’t continue to do so since the kiln-drying has killed any molds or fungi. But if you don’t like the discoloration, be sure to let the company know or inspect the lumber beforehand.
The log bundle needs to be elevated from the ground so that it doesn’t absorb moisture through close contact. Keeping your logs at least 6” off the ground for air circulation underneath them is a great idea. If we’re going to be building immediately and the weather looks good we’ll just use some 2x material to keep the logs from direct contact.
Once the construction process begins things can move very quickly. It’s important to be able to move the logs when and where they are needed without making anybody wait. Labor is expensive.
Be prepared with power equipment if necessary. There are many log styles available but we typically use 6” x 8” D-logs and since they are kiln-dried they are light enough for 2 people to move and lift them, even to stack them on to the top of a 9’-high wall.
In order to prepare for the log home package arrival you need to have these areas addressed. Otherwise you risk damaging your expensive investment and delaying the construction of your cabin.