After they built a log home overlooking Center Hill Lake in Tennessee in 2004, Cynthia and John Fitzmartin didn’t just sit back and call it a day. In 2006, they added a garage and a front porch, then in 2014, they decided their 10-year-old home needed a makeover.
Why a log home:The Fitzmartins like the strong look and solid feel of log walls, not to mention the fresh aroma of the wood. Using logs for the addition was just a given for them.
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- Will new logs look like the old? The Fitzmartins solved this issue by re-staining the original logs in the same dark color that was to be used on the new logs. Of course, you could also decide to keep the new areas distinct, maybe using a completely different log profile to give your home the look of evolving over time.
- How will new windows compare? One way to blend the new section with the existing one is to use all the same style of window. That could mean replacing windows in your home’s older section, adding to the total cost of your project.
- Who will do the work? If your original contractor can’t take on the project, maybe he or she can recommend a trusted remodeler.
- How will your home’s systems be affected? A big increase in square footage could mean you’ll need to upgrade your home’s heating or air-conditioning systems.