Simplicity of construction is "built in" to every American Log Home. The series of construction photos below is the "Sierra" model from American Log Homes' standard designs. It is approximately 2,200 square feet and 1-1/2 stories with a loft and a full basement. It has 12 inch tall walls made of 8"x6" pine. The logs are d-shaped and pre-cut.
Each log is pre-cut to exact lengths and labeled accordingly. Random length logs are also available. A simplified numbering system minimizes the log sorting time on the job site. Window and door openings are already cut out. Four to five foot overhangs at the gable ends are standard for most models.
A log layout assembly sheet comes with the pre-cut log package showing the log lengths and their placements according to window and door locations. A 102 page construction manual is provided to acquaint the builder with America's construction system. Just stack the log, drive the spike or log screws into the pre-drilled holes, place the adhesive PVC gasket on the tongues and you're ready for the next log.
A crew of four should be able to place the log walls on a 1,200 square foot home in about four days or less. It is highly recommended that homeowners who wish to build the home themselves have a general knowledge of construction and experience. If not, engage a local, experiences, and reputable contractor. Technical assistance is provided by American Log Homes with all pre-cut log packages.