Finishing Work — Part 1
Log Home Diary Entry #27
Finishing work covers a broad array of construction disciplines and skills. It includes interior wall construction, mechanical considerations (plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and fireplace construction), interior finishing, cabinetry, handrails, stairs, porch rails/ceiling, and gutters/downspouts. We’ll begin to discuss our experience with this work in this current entry.
Interior Wall Construction: This phase of construction actually moves quite quickly. It is conventional in the sense that the interior walls are primarily 2-by-4 wall construction. Although we’re not engineers, it may be safe to say that there are fewer load-bearing 2-by-4 walls. The log posts supporting the second-floor beams are essentially bearing the load. Two-by-four wall construction is done between these posts. Where mechanical ducts and pipes are needed (e.g., bathrooms, laundry room), 2-by-6 wall construction is used to provide the extra room for these necessary items. It becomes a little tricky where stud walls meet log walls.
A necessary decision involves the ultimate installation of the sheetrock (or wallboard, depending on your geography). Because our logs are round on the inside as well as on the exterior, we had to decide if we wanted the sheetrock to be cut to conform to the curvature of the logs or cut a ½-inch vertical groove in the logs in which to slip the flat edge of sheetrock into the logs. Our builder uses either technique. He has a slight preference for cutting a groove, although it’s a bit more time intensive. We opted for the groove method, as it struck us as being ever so slightly neater in appearance. We’re not certain if that’s true, but that’s the decision we made.
The interior wall construction is another rather dramatic moment in the building process, as suddenly the floor plan takes shape and you can now walk into every room and closet and get a feel for what you have designed. This is fun because the dream is coming alive.
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