Behold a commodious, breathtaking handcrafted log home in your favorite remote setting. It’s snug and warm inside in spite of the icy weather outside. There is a dazzling fire in the floor-to-ceiling fireplace and a convivial meal cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. Faces twinkle with the aftereffects of a day on the slopes or a brisk tread through the woods. Everyone will go to sleep blithe and relaxed, ready to start over refreshed the next day. Log home owners are quite familiar with this scenario.
Indeed, when you decide to build something as complex as a log home, you’d expect it to age gracefully. But before long, things change. Doors that used to swing freely are suddenly sticking. New cracks in the drywall seem to appear every day. Windows break for no apparent reason. Slabs of the counter rise at the seams.
A typical log home is going to shrink, compress and settle more than a traditional home because of the weight of the logs. With log homes, settlement that is not accommodated for can cause problems in areas such as the kitchen cabinets, doors and windows, gable ends and dormers. Even if the logs are kiln-dried, there will still be a little moisture in them so shrinkage will occur.
Taking log settlement into account as one of the most important steps in developing a log home plan, Nordique Log Homes, located in Condon, MT., has patented a design that prevents settling while still maintaining a sound structure.
Using the Nordique System of building, no long-term or heavy maintenance is required to adjust the home as it settles. The exclusive Nordique setup incorporates the use of vertical logs on the corners and spaced along the walls. The process begins with standing dead lodgepole pine logs harvested primarily in the Swan Valley, getting hand-peeled in the company’s yard. It’s there that the home is constructed into wall sections, which are then shipped to be re-assembled on the customer’s foundation.