You’ll be sure to fall in love with this custom log house in Kentucky from Hochstetler Log Homes. The stunning covered front porch is the first thing you see when you walk to the front door with custom doors and a ceiling fan too. The log house has a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and white kitchen cabinets and a large kitchen island with butcher block countertop. The open floor plan has a beautiful stone fireplace surrounded by comfy furnishings and high ceilings for the perfect place to relax with family and friends. Knotty pine is used throughout the interior for a beautiful look that is cozy and warm. Log railings follow the stairs to the upstairs loft where you have a perfect view of the log home. This log home is sure to inspire.
One of the benefits of log cabin living is that log homes are more healthy. In the last 75 years, 1000’s different chemicals have been introduced into people’s lives. One study says as much as 80,000. Some, are very safe for humans but other’s probably not so much. In construction alone, you could make a list of chemicals that get used to making building material for new homes, not to mention the chemicals that get used directly in building the homes themselves such as glues, finishes, and caulking. Since the energy crunch of the 70’s builders has been tightening homes to make them more energy efficient which, in turn, has made the problem even worse. As more contaminates get trapped inside, people can get ill. MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) is believed to have worsened as more people are exposed to polluted indoor air. When you consider that you spend most of your time indoors, said to be as much as 90 percent. Young children, the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses get outdoors even less than the average population the very people that are most vulnerable to chemicals.
While you can’t eliminate all chemicals in building a home, a log home does greatly reduce the number of chemicals you and your family get exposed to. Log houses are made of natural wood. The logs themselves don’t outgas, have little to no chemicals unless pressure treated, no formaldehyde, and no fumes in the air. The finish used on the inside of the logs, which is normally water-based, with zero VOC’s is probably the chief if any concern that one would have.
These days there is a lot of concern with black mold. Log homes are much less susceptible to mold. Solid log walls and the ridged EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) continuous blanket insulation in the roof largely reduce the potential areas for mold growth. There are no hidden cavities on the outside walls for mold to grow in like those that exist when using drywall. A solid wood wall such as a log house built with a timber roof using EPS nail base insulation panels is one of the best homes on the market as a step towards having a home with fewer potential mold problems.
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