About Avalon Log Homes
Avalon Log Homes - Blending Luxury with Nature Avalon Log Homes is your Log Home connection all over the USA & Canada. Our expert team provides the finest quality log products and planning services to make your dream home become a reality. Log Homes, Custom Homes, Custom Design Services,
Avalon Log Homes was founded by industry veterans and seasoned business
Professionals with close to a century of collective experience and more than 1000
log & conventional homes built. While Avalon Log Homes is certainly not the oldest log home manufacturer in the business, or the biggest, we are absolutely committed to becoming one of the world’s premier log home manufacturers.
Since our inception, we've built our business and strong reputation on a few basic
Core Values that guide everything we do. These include Integrity, Pride, Service,
Stewardship and Quality. Operating in this fashion has helped us grow Avalon Log Homes to be one of the fastest growing, most well respected log home
manufactures in the business.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Antique logs are great for adding character to any new construction project. Whether you’re building a guest cottage, summer cabin or large custom timber frame home, adding antique reclaimed logs is a great choice. It not only adds to the beauty and uniqueness of your home but also adds to the value.
Reclaimed from 18th and 19th century antique log structures, each individual log is unique in color, shape and size. These logs have aged over many years giving them a rich patina for unmatched beauty and character. They’re hand-hewn logs so no two are exactly alike and their character cannot be duplicated. Reclaimed logs are typically much larger than today’s new growth logs because they were harvested from old growth forests, meaning older much larger trees.
If you’re designing a weekend cabin why not design one built to last? Old growth logs and lumber have a higher density and are structurally stronger. Reclaimed log cabins are fairly low maintenance, extremely sturdy and naturally energy efficient.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Recently I ran across an article* in a building magazine mentioning most of the ideas my father had about protecting my dream log home against these fires and though I would share them with you too. Whether you are just now starting to build a log cabin home (or any home for that matter) or still planning your dream log home here is some good food for thought.
“Forest fires are more than just fire. They can become a “firestorm” – a deadly mix of unending fuel supply and thermally-induced high winds that roll into a blast furnace, and approach, uninvited, with the speed and power of a locomotive. Seemingly non-combustible materials burn or disintegrate. Sheer winds uproot trees, fences and roofs with unnatural ease. Superheated embers fly, bounce and crawl into fresh territories to advance the wall of flames ever faster. To understand this power, picture a 3,000 square foot house burned to its foundation in less than eight minutes. It has been described by its victims as a “fire-tornado”. Often, fire breaks are the only answer, starving the flames of combustibles that fuel its insatiable appetite.”
“What can be done to brace against such disasters? As witnessed in recent events such as the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado, quite possibly nothing, short of a fire break. Still, there are many efforts that you can make in your building and landscape design to ensure the property is more fire-resistant, and may stave off more serious destruction.”
Walk the property, and look up. Encroaching trees with overlapping crowns, proximity to other buildings and prevailing winds can make the property an easy reach for forest fires. Create a “green belt” around the structure – usually referred to a Zone 1. This is a 30 feet clearance on all sides of the structure, free of combustibles including dead brush, firewood, propane tanks or debris. Trees near a house may look cozy, but to be safe, clear out all trees from Zone 1 of the property. If that is not possible, trim overhanging branches a minimum of 6 feet away from the building. Keep lawn and foundation landscaping in the green belt low and well-watered.
Create a “fuel-free” zone around the buildings. Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris, and consider specifying decorative stone, rather that mulch near the building. Consider your landscape design for fire safety; keep portable or permanently installed gas grills away from the house. Combustible outbuildings and garden structures like gazebos, bridges or decorative wells can invite fire closer to the building; make sure these structures are a good distance away from the primary structure. If you have wood fencing attached to the building, this can lead fire straight to your structure like a wick. Create a barrier of non-flammable fencing a minimum of 6 to 10 feet from the property walls.
If a building is in a high fire danger area, it is mandatory that your use fire-rated materials on your construction. For roofing, metal, slate, tile and some fire-rated fiberglass or polymer tiles may do the job. A metal roof with a Class A rating is an excellent deterrent against fire.
If your roof has skylights, use tempered glass skylights, rather than plastic ones. Double paned or tempered glass windows offer extra protection that can help keep a fire from entering the interior of your structure. The temperature differential between the hot forest- fire air outside and cooler attic air can cause a strong vacuum effect, pulling fire in to the structure.
Use a finer 1/8th-inch opening steel screen on your eaves vents; while coarse screening may keep out the birds, you will need something smaller to keep airborne embers for being pulled in to attic spaces.
Create fire breaks in your landscape design. Use driveways, walkways, and water features to create vegetation barriers. Even low stone or cinder block walls along the property line can serve as an effective fire break. Prune trees so that trunks are clear of branches and undergrowth 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
When building your log home in the forest, keep these ideas in mind so your investment is properly protected from forest fires.
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