Log cabin dwellings began with a very simple purpose; to provide shelter from the elements. Over the years, with many realizing how exquisite, efficient and economic log cabins are, they have gained immensely in popularity and have become more luxurious with a wide range of purposes.
It is thought that the first log cabins were built over 5000 years ago during the Bronze Age in Northern Europe. In medieval times, log cabins were considered to be movable property, as illustrated by the relocation of an entire village, the village of Espaby in 1557. It is thought that log cabins were first brought to America in the 1630’s by the Scandinavians, to an area which later became known as Delaware. Others believe that the Mennonites brought them to the Pennsylvanian area in the early 18th century.
Log homes are much more energy efficient than conventional homes. Builder Mike Gringas, the owner of Seven North Log Homes in Vermont says “Today we can build a log and timber home to be 15 to 20 percent more energy efficient than a conventional home,” provided the joints between the foundation and the logs, and the logs and the roof have been built well and are appropriately chinked.
Additionally to this they are much more environmentally friendly than conventional homes given that log homes are constructed mainly from natural and renewable materials, and when the home is being deconstructed in the future, its parts can be reused rather than sit in land fill.
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