If your needs are for addition, reconfiguring existing space, or kitchen & bath updates, Braun Log Homes should be on your shortlist of companies to consult. We know logs, we know how to blend new with old in a structurally sound, visually appealing way and do so with a custom touch offered by a few.
If you’re looking at a vintage log home, we will first need to evaluate the logs’ current condition and assess the extent of any damage or decay. We can do a quick test of the condition of a log by hitting it with a hammer. Sound wood will emit a sharp knock. Punky wood will make a dull thud. We will also look for heavy mold or mildew on the logs’ surface. Probing these areas with a sharp knife point will give you an idea if the wood is sound or soft. Take note of any evidence of insect infestation, including holes in the logs and piles of sawdust-like “frass,” which is pushed out of the wood when insects burrow in. Keep in mind that mold and mildew can be removed and pesticides can be used to eliminate insects. Rotten wood, however, may have to be replaced if decay has threatened a log’s structural integrity.
Before you make a decision to purchase an older home, it may give you greater peace of mind to have a professional log restorer like Braun Log Homes inspect the logs. You should also keep in mind that if you like the look of a historic log home, but would rather build something new, you can buy salvaged or vintage logs for your home as well as new ones. By using these aged logs and an appropriately historic design for your new home, we can create a new “old” home, that offers both the charm of an antique and today’s modern amenities.
Remodeling a log home is similar to remodeling a conventionally framed home. Updating a kitchen or bath in a log home, for example, will follow the same procedures as any other house. However, if you’ve outgrown your current log home and are planning to add on, you’ll need to keep several factors in mind. First, you’ll have to decide if your addition will have log walls or use traditional construction. The choice will depend on your budget, how you want the finished home to look and if you can meet the challenges a log addition may present. Braun Log Homes can help you navigate all of these challenges. One common challenge you’ll face if you choose log construction is logs’ tendency to shrink and settle. You don’t want settling logs to cause stress on existing walls that have already stabilized. Your new log walls will have to be attached to the existing walls in such a way that they will be able to slide down as the logs settle, while still remaining watertight and weathertight. Braun Log Homes have over 30 years of experience in adding additions to new and old log homes and Steve Braun has the knowledge to know how to restore your home before adding any new additions that may damage your home years down the road.
Another common concern is the appearance of the logs. Will the new logs match the color, size, and shape of your existing logs? We are confident we can help alleviate these concerns. With over 3 decades in the industry, we will have your home looking fresh and new while accommodating any "growth" needs it might have.
Just as you had to envision how your new home would look when you were designing it, you’ll need to summon up your imagination when planning an addition. Time and consideration given to the details before construction begins will increase your odds of building addition that satisfies all your needs, in terms of both function and aesthetics. Braun Log Homes are here to help you in this process. We will sit down with you and do much of the planning process with you. Talking these issues over with our seasoned artisans will help you plan addition that will truly add to your current home.