Ottawa Log Home Project: Bungalow for Retirement

Heading into 2018 we have a number of great log home projects on the go. The home featured here is being built as a retirement home for a couple moving to the country. This project is located close to an old lumbertown in eastern Ontario, Playfairville.

The town is named after Lieutenant Andrew William Playfair of the 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot. He was granted 600 acres of land after his service as a lieutenant in the War of 1812-1815.

The home is a 32‘ x 48‘ ranch style bungalow with wraparound porch. The home’s custom design is provided by River Song Design, a local house design firm located in McDonald’s Corners, Ontario.

Main Features

  • 1536 ft.² on main floor with two bedrooms and two washrooms
  • Log style: our handcrafted full-scribe system built with local Eastern White Pine logs that average approximately 18“ diameter
  • A key feature of the home is larger than normal logs because of the length of the home. Some logs were required to be 55’ long. Small ends of the logs (treetop) range from 13 inches to 14 inches, and butt ends range 22″-24”
  • Having a wraparound porch means there will be no direct sunlight through the windows during summer, due to the angle of the sun, but lots of light in winter (when the sun is lower on the horizon). Combining this design feature with oversized logs means no need for air-conditioning
  • At the sizes being used here, a white pine log is a great insulator, providing the equivalent of R27, which is approximately 20% better then today’s building code (R22)
  • During summer, the logs will have the ability to absorb and store heat during hot days, releasing that heat back to the outside when nights are cooler

Read more about the excellent energy efficient of log home construction when implemented using large logs. Details >

Additional Features

  • A king-post truss at entry
  • Cedar shingles at gables

This home is currently being dry walled, so we don’t yet have any interior photos but will follow up soon as we have some early in 2018.

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Author: Kealey Tackaberry Log Homes

Kealey & Tackaberry Log Homes is a family operated business situated just west of Ottawa. We supply and build complete handcrafted and milled log homes. With the use of natural, non-manufactured materials, the homes we build are virtually free of toxins normally associated with new construction and thus provide excellent indoor air quality. We believe in old fashion business ethic. It is important to us that our finished product meets all your expectations. We thrive on establishing a personal relationship with our customers before we build your home.

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