Frequently Asked Questions
What type of foundations are used?
A reinforced concrete raft foundation is the most inexpensive but a pine timber base on pine columns is the more popular, especially for slopes etc.
Can I build my own log home?
While we would not recommend an amateur with no building experience to tackle the construction of a HEAVY SOLID LOG home, it has been shown frequently that contractors or developers with no log home experience can erect their own homes – or parts of a home – relying solely on the manual that we provide. T & B supply all necessary material to complete the home including all drainage, sanitaryware, electrical wiring, built-in cupboards, glazing and all paint and varnishes if required. All components are labelled. Where it is needed, T & B can provide technical assistance and, when working in partnership with a new contractor, this is always provided.
Should I anticipate the checking of logs?
Yes. Checking to some degree is common in all log structures, however this does not in any way disturb the structural integrity of the log home and actually adds to the natural appearance and character of the log home.
Is a log home a fire hazard?
Log homes have a 30 minute fire rating which is the same fire rating as a conventional brick and mortar building.
What about insurance and finance?
There is no discrimination between Log homes and conventional housing for insurance and financing purposes.
Do Municipalities accept solid timber log homes?
To date our systems have been accepted by all local authorities where applications have been made.
What about maintenance?
Over an extended period of time timber construction in South Africa and maintenance of log homes is less expensive than conventional homes.