The Klondike is a 1,536 square foot cabin building with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This log cabin design is perfect for a small family or for a retired couple with some room to spare. The Klondike wood cabin can be used for full time living or as a vacation home to get away with family and friends. This log cabin from True North Log Homes uses winter cut slow growth north eastern white pine. This building material is the premium of the pine species compared to lower quality yellow pine, red pine, and jack pine. White pine resists warping and experiences less shrinkage because of its low sap content.
The True North wood cabins use a spring-loaded Log Lock Compression System that is located two feet from every log house corner and between each door and window opening. This unique building system uses one piece thru-bolt inserted into factory pre-drilled holes. These are located in earthquake sensitive locations, making this a superior log joining system. The advantage of the Log Lock Compression System over traditional log house joinery is that it eliminates the problem that is created by spiking the logs together. When the log shrinks, it can cause the spike in the log to protrude, which makes the log above this stand on the spike. This eventually will allow a gap to develop through which air will leak into the log home. Another advantage to this system is that a True North home owner will never have to climb up into the attic space and crawl through the insulation to tighten the thru-bolts.
One benefit of log house living is that log homes are known to be more energy efficient than traditional builds of homes. A log house’s energy efficiency is based on the wood’s insulation properties and with its thermal mass. The wood’s insulation is the wood’s ability to resist heat transfer. The insulating value of building materials is expressed as its R-value, which is the value that signifies the amount of heat loss through that particular building material. Testing has shown that log houses often are often more energy efficient than conventional homes because of their higher R-values. This is because of the thermal mass in the logs. Thermal mass occurs when the sun warms the logs throughout the day and then releases that stored warmth at night. During the summer months, the logs’ thermal mass slows down the transfer of heat into the log home, thus keeping the wood cabin cooler. Thicker logs will absorb and radiate more heat into the log house than smaller logs, so it makes sense to build a log house with large logs in a location that sees more extreme weather.
Besides being more energy efficient, a log house fits in perfectly with more natural locations. It’s no surprise that these homes look especially good at the mountain or next to the lake, as log homes use more natural building materials than most any other build. If a log house is built properly and well maintained you can expect it to last generations.