Scale models of log homes: It is recommended that you build a scale model of your log home before you build it.
We know that building a log home scale model sounds sort of childish, and some of our students try and skip this step because they assume it won’t be useful. But if you take our advice to heart and actually build a model log home, you will be very glad you did. It can save you loads of time, energy, and frustration in the end.
Before you build a real log home, you should build a model of it using 1/2″ dowels. Shockingly, there are some very common mistakes that can be corrected by building a model home to try out your design before you spend the time, money and energy to build the real thing.
We had one student (who shall remain nameless!) that brought his log home model to one of our monthly meetings to get other builders’ opinions on it.
Everyone loved it. His model was a smashing success. Until someone pointed out that his front door was blocked by a ridge pole support log (RPSL). A couple of minor design changes later and the problem was solved. But imagine what would have happened if he had built the log home without first building a model.
There are more uses for your log home model than just correcting mistakes as well. When you are satisfied with your model log home, carry it with you in your car for a while. Bring it into the store with you when you are buying building supplies. You are almost guaranteed to be swamped with questions from employees and other customers about it. Some of our students have been given discounts on their building supplies just because the owner of the store enjoyed talking with them about log homes — and looking at their model log home.
We had another student who reported that he was driving down the road with his scale model when he was pulled over for speeding. After talking with the police officer for a half an hour about log homes, he was let off without a ticket.
In class we will discuss a few more ideas for using your scale model to help advance your log home project. Just remember that building a scale model is a worthwhile exercise.
1) The attached photos show a model that was built by one of our members. His forum name is rreidnauer. He did an astounding job on his model, it is literally ‘picture perfect’ (in fact, when some people see pictures of his model they think it is a real home!). Don’t be intimidated, your model does not have to be that detailed.
2) It is highly recommended that you do not build a model before attending our class. You will learn many things about log home designs, and the log home construction process, that will be important to know before you attempt to build a log home model. You will also get money saving tips on how to get inexpensive model supplies.