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Building in the Desert | Design by Location What’s it take to build on a mountaintop? How about in the desert or at water’s edge? Experts set the scene for perfect log home design, no matter what terrain you choose… by: Log Home Living editorial staff Desert Design: Dry, sun-filled environments can wreak havoc on […]
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Building in the Desert | Design by Location
What’s it take to build on a mountaintop? How about in the desert or at water’s edge? Experts set the scene for perfect log home design, no matter what terrain you choose…
by: Log Home Living editorial staff

Desert


desert log home Design: Dry, sun-filled environments can wreak havoc on logs. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause them to fade, dry out and settle more than they would in other regions. If your heart’s set on a log home in the Southwest, these facts are no reason to give up your dream. There are ways to design your home to combat nature. “Look to limit solar exposure on the house,” says Real Log Homes’ Dianne Collins. “Windows positioned on the south side (that reflect heat away from the home) and longer overhangs will keep harsh UV rays off walls. Site the house to take advantage of natural or manmade hills or berms so you can buffer the home against extreme temperature changes by tucking it into its environment.”

Log Species:
No question about it: The desert is a harsh climate for wood. In these kind of conditions, Doug Mikkelsen prefers cedar. In general, the denser the species, the better, according to architect Rand Soellner (who’s worked on projects in Kuwait City. Also consider lower-pitched roofs combined with sun-protecting overhangs can help. Rand recommends high-end, fiberglass shingles, copper metal, slate or a synthetic slate made from recycled materials.

 

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  1. Hi Constance,
    Check out our calendar of events (http://www.loghome.com/shows_and_seminars/calendar_of_events/) for open houses, log raisings, seminars and more in your area, and don’t be afraid to look across state lines — Colorado has a lot of log-home companies that will be happy to help you. If you don’t see any events that apply to you, check out our log-home company directory at http://www.loghome.com/companies/.

    For example, I know there is a Real Log Homes representative in Chama, New Mexico. Try Dianne Burnside at 575-756-2291. Best of luck!

    Danielle TaylorJuly 25, 2011 @ 10:43 amReply



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