AMERICAN PIONEERS were driven by an unquenchable thirst to explore the new and the unknown. To be free. To find that special place in the New World that would support them and their families. A place they could, through honest labor, make their own and pass along to their children.
When they found such a place, these pioneers needed to provide shelter and safety as quickly as they could. They used the most convenient and abundant building material they could find: trees.
Trees are easy to cut down, quick to fashion and form, relatively lightweight for heavy load bearing, flexible in their many uses and a constantly renewable resource. There were not many things the settler needed that could not be made of wood in some form: forts, houses, boats, wagons, fences, tools, house wares, furniture, weapons, wheels, sheds, beds — the list is endless. Having to make do with whatever they had at hand, the pioneers were fortunate that what was at hand was an endless supply of wood.
Pioneer builders weren’t architects, engineers or experienced contractors, but they used common sense, lots of muscle and the abundant building material to construct the best homes they could with what they had. Although we might regard them as primitive because they lacked the essentials of comfort that we now take for granted, back then they met the family’s needs for safety and shelter. What’s more, their stacked construction was ingenious and simple.
More Than Shelter
Although times have changed, one thing has stayed the same. Building a log home today is still ingenious and simple. Log homes now combine pioneer-proven building methods with the latest technology and manufactured materials to create bigger, stronger homes that are comfortable, energy efficient and up-to-date in every way.
Log homes are especially suited to the American character because they have always been and will continue to be very personal places. They express the individual tastes and lifestyle of their owners.
Today’s log homes provide more than shelter. They represent a concerted effort to get back to nature and simpler times. Many owners who initially build log homes as their getaways wind up moving