Frequently Asked Questions

Do you do custom design?
Almost 100% of our production is for custom designed homes. Our plan packet has complete information on custom design work.

What kind of trees are used in Centennial Log Homes?
Engleman Spruce, because it is fine grained, very light in color, has minimal taper and is available in the large diameters. We occasionally use Fir or Pine when available.

Are your logs kiln dried or air dried?
Hand-peeled, hand-crafted homes are fabricated from winter harvest, high mountain timber. Due to the size of the timber used, kiln drying is not really possible. Winter harvested trees will obviously have the 'sap down', and although 'green', will normally show 19% or less on a moisture meter.

Will the logs settle, check, shrink or crack?
All logs, regardless of species or style, will 'move'. Some more, some less; but, move they will! Most log home owners feel checking adds to the charm of their home.

What is supplied by Centennial Log Homes?
Generally, we supply the log walls, log floor joists, log ridge beams and purlines, support posts, log stairs and hand-railing. It is important to entrust your windows and doors to detail oriented personnel, as log-cutting depends on information provided by the supplier. We work closely with a local company who will quote, deliver, and warranty anywhere in the United States. Experience has shown that materials such as dimensional lumber, roofing etc. can usually be purchased less expensively from suppliers near your home-site.

Can I erect the log walls of my own Centennial Log Home?
The large handcrafted logs require substantial building skills and equipment. All of our homes are priced to include the services of our company logsmith to direct the erection of the log package at your homesite.

Does Centennial Log Homes recommend log gables?
There are many good and valid reasons not to build with log gables. Most gable finishing is best accomplished with rough sawn board and batten or channel or Tongue and Groove siding or similar. This is more cost effectrive than log gables.

What type of corners and wall joinery does Centennial use?
We use the double "V" saddle notch corners, and full scandinavian scribe wall joinery. Because of the tight joinery, our homes do not require chinking, which can save thousands of dollars in the overall cost of your new home. Centennial suggests owners apply "Energy Seal" caulking to there homes. Energy Seal for the typical 1600 SF home is less than $300.00.

Can a Centennial Log Home be built on a basement?
Absolutely, over half of our log homes are built on basements. Whether fully enclosed or a daylight, basement space is inexpensive square footage. The space can be additional bedrooms, a den or even a garage.

Do Centennial Log Homes have interior log walls?
Interior log walls are recommended if required for structural reasons in the design of your home. Extensive use of interior log walls can add substantial cost to the price of your log home package. But, for every wall built of log, less framing will be required. Despite the additional cost, many customers do use interior log walls to add beauty to the inside of their homes.

What kind of roof does Centennial Log Homes build?
We offer three design options of roof construction for our homes: conventional frame truss, frame gable end with log ridgebeam and purlins, and post and beam gable end with log ridgebeam and purlins. Our model home (opening page) has a frame gable on the front, and a post and beam gable on the side. Frame attic trusses can be used to provide square footage upstairs, but most homes with lofts employ a log roof system with exposed log beams and log posts.

How long does it take to build the log package in our logyard?
A typical three bedroom log home will require 2-3 months for building, once the blueprints are completed. We build first come first served, and our schedule can be quite full for the summer months. If you wanted your log package delivered in May for example, the plans should be started in the fall, and the log package ordered when the plans are complete. Designing your home and drawing the plans can require a few months, depending on time required to correct preliminary plans, and structural complexity.

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