- Date: 17 February 2017
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Log homes come in a wide variety of styles, many of them vernacular or particular to their region. Vernacular styles are those that evolved in given locations due to traditions in building, available materials, climate and other factors. Learning about vernacular architecture can help you decide what style of home to build. You don’t have to follow the traditions of your area, but it can be helpful to understand why log homes look different in different parts of the country.
American log home styles can be roughly divided into Eastern and Western. Eastern styles include Appalachian, Adirondack and Early American. Appalachian log houses are typically mountain cabins found in the Southern and Southeastern United States. Adirondack houses are the type found in the upstate New York Mountains. And Early American homes, found all over the East Coast, evoke the colonial era.
Appalachian style homes offer a connection to the outdoor landscape. They usually have long, covered porches. Some are built around dogtrots, where two smaller log buildings are connected by a roof with an open space, or a “dogtrot,” in between.
Adirondack style homes look like wealthy camp cabins. The original Adirondack cabins were opulent and grand, emphasizing the use of natural materials. The handcrafted logs used to build them are round with intersecting corners. Sometimes, small logs, twigs and branches are used as pillars, railings and mantelpieces. Adirondack homes usually have porches, either open or screened, and gable roofs with dormers. Many original Adirondack houses were built in the Arts and Crafts style, with heavy, squared off doorways and banisters.
Early American style homes were quaint and rustic, usually featuring square logs with light chinking showing in between. Often, new Early American-style log homes are made from salvaged logs from old cabins or barns. These homes tend to be boxy in shape and simple in design. The homes are small and have rooflines of simple dormers or plain eaves.