Most jurisdictions in America have certain building codes to follow when building your log home. We find it odd that in America you need to get the government’s permission to have a place to live, but sometimes you have to put up with these things. Even if they are unconstitutional. Isn’t this supposed to be the land of the free? But enough about that for the moment.
There’s a saying in the trade that goes like this:
“A house built to code is the worst house you can build.”
While it may strike you as funny, it’s completely true. Think about it — the codes are only a set of minimum standards that must be met. So any house built exactly to code will be just about the worst house that someone in that area can build.
As a matter of fact, we’ve seen log homes that were built to code that didn’t even last until they were completed. The roof goes up and the walls come crashing down.
We spend quite a bit of time discussing building codes in our class. The method that we teach for building log homes far exceeds the code requirements for many jurisdictions. Obviously, we can’t guarantee that your plans will be approved in every jurisdiction around the world (many of our students fly in from other countries) but we’ve found that most of our students don’t have too much trouble getting their plans approved if they were designed properly.
In class we will discuss many tips and tricks for getting your plans approved with the least amount of pain and suffering possible. We have a few tricks you can use (that are perfectly legal, ethical and moral) for convincing the building permit people to issue your permit without making you jump through a zillion hoops.