Kit log homes and trailer homes have a lot in common, when you really stop and think about it. But how? Think of it this way:
Any homes that are delivered on the back of a truck are mobile homes, even if they charge a lot of money for them and call them kit log homes.
For years and years, folks in the business of making “real” log homes (as opposed to the kit kind) have always sneered at “kit homes”. They don’t tell you this in the fancy log home kit magazines because — guess what? The log home kit magazines are bought and paid for by advertising from the kit manufacturers. Most folks in the log home industry refer to kit log homes as “mobile homes”.
Here are a few reasons why:
- They aren’t built with real logs. They are built with machine cut lumber that is stacked flat-on-flat. Usually the manufacturer makes a big deal out of how the shape of their “log profile” is superior to everyone else’s.But really they’re just trying to distract you from the fact that their lumber is just slightly larger than a 2″ x 4″ board that you could buy at your local lumber yard.
- When you stack lumber flat-on-flat, what happens when it gets wet? It sucks moisture into the gaps by capillary action. Eventually your lumber will rot. This is a massive design problem with “shaped logs” and it cannot be corrected, even with infinite coatings of whatever chemical they recommend.
- Delivering kit log homes on the back of a truck from across the country is just about the dumbest thing they could do. Why would you waste all that fuel shipping logs across the country when you could have whole, natural, real logs from right nearby for free or for a fraction of the cost?
- Kit log homes DEPRECIATE just like mobile homes. Kit log homes require more maintenance than a proper “real” log cabin. If you accidentally let it slip for a little while, rot will set in and your house will go DOWN in value instead of up.
So how do you avoid this trouble? Instead of shopping for kit log homes, you should consider building a butt and pass log home. Butt and pass style log homes use full, round, whole logs that you can aquire locally. There is NO fancy notchwork required and there is NO settling to worry about.
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