A traditional full scribe log home is truly majestic, to live in one is a dream come true
Scotland offers some fantastic timber and we have made it our mission to find it and showcase it in our log homes. In a traditional full-scribe log home, hand-peeled fully round logs make up the internal and external finish of the walls, giving a beautiful natural finish inside and out.
There is no feeling quite like living in a house built entirely of trees where you can trace one log the whole length of the build. A traditional full-scribe log home is really a carving on a massive scale, where window and door openings are cut out of the walls. Built using chainsaws and chisels these expertly crafted builds are a wonder of construction and expertise.
Knowledge and skill are key to a properly built traditional full-scribe log home.
We hand-select our building logs in local forests prior to felling. The logs are then brought into the yard where they are ‘spudded’ by hand to remove the outer layer of bark. They then go though a log selection process where they are categorised into length, size, bow and twist and can then be expertly picked for their place on a build.
Dingleton Mains bespoke
1.5 storey I 2 bedroom I Traditional log cabin I Floor area 72m2
traditional log home
2.5 storey I 3 bedroom I Traditional log home I Floor area 350m2
Whitchesters guest house
1 storey I 2 bedroom I Traditional log cabin I Floor area 60m2
Jock’s traditional sleep outlog cabin
1 storey I 1 bedroom I Traditional log cabin I Floor area 18m2
Good log selection is vitally important and at Caledonia Log Homes we follow the International Log Builders’ Association building standards ensuring the right logs are used in the right part of the build. During construction we over scribe the lateral groove, meaning we use a different scribe setting for the notch and lateral groove. This means that as the building shrinks and settles it becomes tighter, stronger and locks together.
The self-locking saddle notch is the key to a life-long, structurally sound building and over scribing the lateral groove allows the notched corners to do their job – to keep the building locked in place. Without over scribing, log buildings show gaps on their notches and logs are free to twist and turn as they are not properly locked in place. A hand-scribed log building should be ‘tight fit’ and without over scribing this is unattainable.
To compliment this process we line the grove with an insulation product called a ‘P Gasket’ which acts as a further barrier to wind and cold air. The P Gasket is a very robust product unlike the sheep wool which many UK builders use which is prone to dampness.
For a greater understanding of the construction methods used in our builds please get in touch.