Why Butt and Pass log homes? The answer is simple. we will talk about why butt and pass log home is the best type of log home you should consider in this article.
Why Butt and Pass
One of the biggest problems with “kit” log homes is the price — most kit log homes are even more expensive than stick-built homes these days. But for just a moment, imagine that you have an unlimited budget and are planning to build or buy a log home. How would you know if it is any good?
WHATEVER YOU DO – DON’T BUY A KIT LOG HOME
Unfortunately most log home buyers wind up buying kit log cabins from the salesman who tells the best lies, such as:
“We use a shrink to fit notching system that gets tighter with age”
“The log home you are buying is built in the Scandinavian Chinkless style” (when in fact almost all chinkless kit log homes are built with the vastly inferior Canadian Chinkless style)
“Our logs are peeled with draw knives because it gives them more character”
“Our logs are machine-peeled for better quality control”
“Our logs are run through a lathe to insure they are all the same size and they fit together better, so they will last longer”
So we’ve put together these faq’s to protect yourself when choosing the log home that is right for you. Take the time to read these articles and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always available to answer log home questions.
“When built correctly, a butt and pass log home can outlive any other type of log house, and it doesn’t require endless coats of stain or other sealants to protect the logs from decay”.
Have you ever heard of a butt and pass style log cabin? Most people who are shopping for log cabin kits haven’t, and there is a good reason for it.
You will probably learn more about log homes reading this than you would learn from talking to a log cabin kit salesman for five years. In the next couple of paragraphs we’re going to reveal the deep, dark log home secret: butt and pass.
The log home “industry” doesn’t want you to know about butt and pass log homes. When you pick up a log home magazine and flip through the pages you will see dozens of log cabin kits that look very beautiful, but you will almost never see a butt and pass style log home. Typically the kit log home magazines show Canadian chinkless and saddle notch log cabins. Why?
The kit magazines are 100% supported by advertising from manufacturers of log cabin kits. And here’s the big bombshell:
It is not possible to make log cabin kits out of a proper butt and pass style log home.
The reasons for this have to do with the technical nature of building a butt and pass log home vs. building log cabin kits that must be shipped somewhere else and “reassembled” by a builder. The reasons are too detailed to go into here, but suffice to say that there is no such thing as butt and pass style log cabin kits.
Why should you know about butt and pass log homes?
If you are planning to build your own log home (or hire a builder to do it for you), you should educate yourself about the different styles and methods of building a log home before you start shopping for a kit or a builder. You should definitely at least know the difference between Scandinavian chinkless and Canadian Chinkless. You should also be familiar with the butt and pass style, because they have certain advantages that manufacturers and builders of log cabin kits won’t tell you about. Advantages that you won’t read about in log home kit magazines.Why butt and pass log home? A properly built butt and pass log home has many benefits, so here are just a few:
- Butt and pass log homes are stronger than any other type of log home.
- Butt and pass log homes last longer than any other type.
- When built correctly, a butt and pass log home requires no ongoing maintenance (such as coating your house with sealants and other chemicals every few years). We’ve never seen a log cabin kit that doesn’t require sealants or other chemical treatment every few years. Do you really want to breathe that stuff?
- That’s why you shouldn’t buy log cabin kits.
- When built correctly, a butt and pass log home can outlive any other type of log house, and it doesn’t require endless coats of stain or other sealants to protect the logs from decay”.