Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc.
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These are some of the most frequently asked questions
Does the softwood lumber
dispute between Canada and the USA affect buying our log home that we want to
have shipped to the US from Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc.?
No, the softwood lumber dispute only affects milled lumber products, I cannot speak for "milled" log homes, or other log home companies but definitely the fully handcrafted log products of Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc. is exempt from any import duty imposed by the US. In fact because of the softwood lumber dispute we have never had better inventories or better access to the highest quality big logs as we do presently!
What is the cost of a log home?
As you are no doubt aware, there are many different types of log homes, for pricing information on our handcrafted fully scribed log homes click here >> How Much Should I budget for My New Log Home
With all the different
types of log homes available how can I compare?
Besides price, comparisons usually include visual appearance and performance. Appearance is a personal decision, in some cases it is no more right or wrong than choosing a favourite color. Appearance can have more tangible factors such as attention to detail, balance of design and the balance of log components used. Performance needs a comparison under similar conditions, are the homes being compared fully settled? Are they in a similar climate? Are they similar in other respects? (Note: the drier the climate the faster and more so a log home will dry out, meaning the faster and more so the joinery will be put to the test.) Joinery that stays tight is both appearance and performance. Performance is largely issues that can be broken down to facts or numbers, how much does a particular log home cost per square foot to heat, how big if any are the gaps in the joinery? In the end, value to you must be the balance of some or all of the factors above, some like performance are more easily determined, others are personal. If the look and feel of the homes you see in our photo gallery fit the image you have of your dream home then we hope you will take a closer look at how we do things.
What do you include in your log
package and how much is delivery and set up?
Because we warranty our log work against air and weather leakage we always want to do the full delivery and full set up of each and every home we build in North America therefore, we include it in our price. For more information on what we include in our log package, click here >> What Does Moose Mountain Include in it's Pricing
you use Dead Standing or Bug
Killed Wood to make a warm log home?
Yes, but only for firewood. We are very serious that even though we have at times access to a seemingly endless supply of inexpensive "Dead Standing Wood", when you compare performance and what it takes to build truly air and weather tight, chink-free log joinery plus the visual difference and considering how much you can minimize checking (cracking) in the log walls with properly selected winter cut logs, using dead standing or bug killed timber is not an option!
What species of logs do you build
We build with Lodgepole Pine or Western Red Cedar for our log walls, White Spruce for our Roof System and Structural Beams and Douglas Fir for our stair treads. For more information on log species click here >> Logs
What size Logs do you use?
Normally at mid length of our walls the diameter is 15" - 18" in Lodgepole Pine (18" - 24" diameter butts), 16"-20" mid length diameter in Western Red Cedar (19" - 24" diameter butts) and White Spruce for structural requirements has been up to 4 feet in diameter at the butt end. If your project requires a different specification contact us, we are geared to providing for your individual wants and needs.
Do you have any floor plans?
No, we have never found two home owners who have wanted the same plan and in about forty years we have never built from the same plan twice! More info click here >> Design
Where do you ship your homes?
Our main markets are the Canada and United States (mostly in the Rocky Mountain and Midwestern States) we have also shipped into Europe and Japan.
What size log homes do you
The average home size varies from one year to the next but 3,000 sq. feet to 8,000 sq. feet has been our overall average but we do build smaller as long as quality is still the owner's priority. The maximum sized home we have built thus far is 27,000 sq. feet. We prefer to deal with a lesser total number of customers at any given time, this way we are better able to concentrate on the individual issues of importance of our home owners.
Are log homes energy efficient?
They should be. If a log home is not energy efficient because of the log walls, it is always because of either or both of these two reasons:
#1 Not enough log in the walls, either the logs are too small or there is too much glass area in the log walls.
#2 The logs are not air & weather tight because of either inferior joinery and/or lack of a proper sealant or gasket.
The "R" or "U" factor is only one type of measure to give you an indication of the cost of heating or cooling your home. A comparison might be made with fuel efficiency in a car. The engine could be rated to require a certain amount of fuel to keep an average car traveling at one speed down a perfectly level highway with no wind, all at a certain outside temperature. But, in the real world changing your speed, wind along with aerodynamics, hills, mechanical condition and weight or cargo plus temperature can easily affect the actual fuel consumption more so. "R" factors are similar in that they play a much smaller part than one would originally think.
Based on testimonials from our past clients, our log homes cost 1/2 to 1/3 as much to heat (in other words they are 2 to 3 times more energy efficient) than a conventionally built frame home in the same weather conditions and of a similar square footage. To learn more on building a super energy efficient log home please read>> Energy Efficiency Why our log homes are the most energy efficient of all log homes click here >> Techniques that make Moose Mountain Different
How long have you been in
Almost 40 years, we have been in business as Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc. since 1978, for more info on Lloyd Beckedorf click here >> About the President
What are the different types of
log home construction and why are some more costly than others?
There are many different types of log home construction and you need to choose the look and budget that best suits you. Click here for detailed information on different types of log homes. >> The different types of log home construction
What about settling, is it a
Settling is only a problem if you do not allow for it. Once allowed for properly, it does not matter if you require 1/2 an inch or 4 inches for settlement, the work required to allow for settling is the same. Every true log home will settle (even dead standing or kiln dried) and if in construction the allowances have not been sufficiently addressed then and only then will you have a problem with settling.