Many potential homeowners may think log homes a relic of the past, reserved for settlers attempting to eke out a living on the frontier. Modern log home architecture is thriving, however, thanks to a number of modern improvements. New log homes benefit from the use of several fragrant, weather-resistant woods, allowing for greater longevity. Additionally, few conventionally-built homes can boast the natural aesthetic that a log home provides.
Alternative construction companies specializing in log home building have proliferated over the past few decades. Many of these firms offer pre-made log home construction kits which include all necessary blueprints and supplies to complete a home. These kits are often backed by the specialized labor that alternative construction companies provide--anything from helpful advice to full construction of the home itself. Because significant time is needed to grow suitable logs, these kits can be rather expensive compared to building with cob or adobe, which often use the soil at hand as the main construction component.
Homeowners on a tight budget need not worry, however. Commercial logs need to be of rather specific sizes to be of use to timber mills, so it is often possible to obtain functional logs rather cheaply. Homeowners who live near forested land may inquire whether certain areas need thinning. Many landowners are happy to have logs foraged from their property, as it keeps the forest from becoming dense enough to inhibit future growth.
As for home design, homeowners have a wealth of historical options to choose from. Nearly every civilization living in or near forested land has used logs in the construction of shelter, from sturdy framework to forming the entirety of the home. Each historically-based log home is tailored to local climate and geography. The Norwegian stabbur, for example, is a log home with wide eaves to ward off rain and snow, as well as low doors and compact windows to reduce heat loss. Nearly all of these historical designs can be amended with the addition of modern building materials and aesthetic flourishes.