When determining where to build your log home, there are many things that you should take into consideration. The location and design of your home is vitally important to the “health” and longevity of your log home. How your eaves are placed and designed, if you have a porch or not, how the drainage is considered, etc. If you can afford it, take the time to ensure these elements are well thought out and added into your house design. While this is easier with a new home, don’t fret if you have an older one. These elements can be added on with older log homes as well.
As general rules of thumb:
- Covered porches are best, as they protect the home from the elements.
- Don’t plant within a minimum of 18 inches away from the home to prevent insect infestation.
- Keep sprinklers or spigots from spraying on your home.
- Install whatever necessary to keep moisture at bay: spouts, gutters, etc.
- The wood should be at least 18 inches away from the ground.
- Large overhangs are highly beneficial. 24 inches is good, 36 inches is best.
- Plant, or use, trees to shade your home from direct sunlight. It’s best to plant them on the east, west and south sides of the home. Ensure trees are far enough away to prevent excess moisture dripping, as well as insects invading your log home. If you’re set on a location and the trees are too close, you should consider cutting them down.