Rich’s New Home Update. Plus, Mythbusters, Timber vs. Log Edition

Can we get a drumroll?

It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on the home-building progress of our own Vice President of Sales, Rich Kinsman. But during our radio silence, lots has happened and we’d love to share where he’s at.

Rich’s new home is well underway. The roof is on, the windows and doors are in, and the walls are up. The only thing left to do is install the interior finishes … then onto the big reveal!

Come inside with Rich and see where he’s at in this video: 



Decisions, decisions: here’s how to choose…

Deciding between a log home and a timber frame home is a big and exciting decision. Both are gorgeous, both have all the warmth and drama of handcrafted wood, but they’re different homes.

There’s nothing like coming to Confederation for a personal tour to see our production facility and tour our model home. If you’re serious about a timber frame home, seeing Rich’s home may help you decide and can be arranged as part of the tour.

You’ll have the opportunity to feel how a timber home looks and lives from the inside out. (His only disclaimer – you might have to step over a toy or two on your tour around the house.) (Just email Rich if you’d like the Confederation Tour.)

Talking with Rich about his decision to choose a timber frame over another log house got us thinking: how many misconceptions have we heard from clients who are trying to figure which home is right for them—log or timber? (The answer is LOTS of misconceptions.)

Which got us thinking a little more. Why not chat with Rich about the log vs. timber debate and help spread some light on the topic?

So, without further delay:

Mythbusters, Timber vs. Log Edition

Log homes vs timber homes.

It reads like the marquees on fight night, and that’s fitting, really, with all the passionate opinions on both sides of the debate. Log home purists – and vice versa with timber home fanatics – will tell you why their material of choice and method of construction is the best.

We’ve heard it all: logs have better insulating abilities than timbers, timber homes are lighter and brighter than logs … the list goes on. It can be tricky business wading through all of the contradictory opinions. (That last word bears repeating.)

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Most everything you’ve heard in the log homes vs timber homes debate isn’t actually true.

It’s our guess most of these misconceptions were either true once upon a time or were propagated by log and timber home companies who work exclusively with one product or the other and are eager to push their product as the best product.

But we aren’t here to sell you on one or the other. Since we’ve got no dog in this fight (or, more accurately, both dogs are ours), our goal is to share just the facts, ma’am, so you are free to make the best decision for you and your family.

Myth: Log home interiors have “too much” wood inside; so a timber frame is a better choice.

Reality: A log home can have as little—or as much—wood on the interior as suits your personal preference. Fact is, timber and log homes can look almost identical inside. If you opt for a log home and think less is more when it comes to interior wood, you can go wild with drywall on the walls and ceiling and opt for a neutral stain. (We’ve seen everything from whitewash to grey.)

Myth: It’s easier to run electrical in a timber home than a log home.

Reality: We pre-drill all of our log walls for electrical wire passages and outlet and switch boxes, so installing electrical in a Confederation log home is as straightforward as conventional framing.

Myth: Log walls have better insulating abilities.

Reality: Whether you opt for a timber frame with SIP panels or traditional framing with deeper insulation cavities, a timber frame home can be just as energy-efficient as a log home.

Myth: I like the look of trusses and decorative wood elements … so a log home is out.

Reality: Most of the homes that we build these days are a hybrid of a log and timber frame home. They rely on logs for the overall structure but incorporate some structural and decorative timber elements. (If you ask our clients who’ve gone this route, they’ll tell you it’s the best of both worlds.)

The Deciding Factor

Now that you’re armed with the truth of what doesn’t matter in the log vs. timber debate, how do you know which one is right for you? Rich says all you need to do is ask yourself one simple question:

“How do I want my home’s exterior to look?”

When you imagine driving up to your home, is it logs you see? Go with a log home.

Or maybe you envision cedar shingles … or board and batten, stone, stucco or brick. Go with a timber home.

And, rest assured, whichever one you pick, you can’t go wrong.

To know which type of home is right for you, all you need to do is settle on the look you love. (Of course, we think both are pretty darn good looking so that may be a little harder than it sounds.) After you’ve explored Rich’s new home, peruse our gallery of homes to see whether the look of log or timber strikes a note with you.

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