Landscaping is always a challenging aspect of the log home restoration process and often the most significant obstacle we face when restoring cabins. It is usually because of a sentimental attachment to a bush or tree planted too close to the log structure. When planning their landscaping, it’s uncommon for people to consider solutions for their log home service providers. Please consider the obstacles you create for your log home service providers when planning your landscaping around the cabin.
When you’re planning your surrounding landscape or planting a tree around your log home, please be aware of three to four people moving heavy logs and machines, 5-gallon buckets, tarps, sprayers, blasters, and more about ten to twenty feet from your home during a log repair or preservation. How would you be able to protect that landscaping? Or should you get creative and create a plan for the future restoration?
Think about How you could protect your landscaping
We try very hard to protect landscaping; however, some circumstances can be impossible to avoid, such as wet soil after the rain. We do not create these obstacles and work hard to respond reasonably to them because we want you to be happy and leave an excellent review for us. It is a wise idea, as a log homeowner, to keep the restoration process in mind when planning your landscaping.
Plan for Log Home Maintenance & Restoration before building or Landscaping
Figuring out your landscape slope and how it will affect your log home and the care of it is often part of the building phase. However, this differs from the issues you’ll be concerned with when we arrive. With maintenance required in 3 years, you should prepare. Your log home builder/engineer/architect should remember maintenance and restoration when designing how your cabin will sit on your property and how heavy equipment will damage the landscape. In 5 to 10 years, you may need another restoration. Stains can last longer or less depending on location: relative humidity in the area, positioning of your log structure, landscaping, and following recommended maintenance schedules. What should you consider in the planning?
Considerations to Landscape Planning for a Log Home
Things to consider when landscaping with a restoration future, take into account:
- The varying heights of your cabin can determine the need for scaffolding or a heavy lift to reach high places like:
- the peaks,
- roof chimneys surrounded by log siding,
- Windows in areas with low airflow or sunlight are always at risk for log rot,
- Landscaping (lawn & house ornaments, trees & bushes, sheds & garages, etc.) that cast shadows on your logs, blocking sunlight for natural drying after wet weather, especially on the north facing logs,
- South walls with the most average sunlight will likely sunburn first, causing stain failures like peeling or cracking,
- How will the equipment be transported to those locations without damaging my yard or landscaping,
- Am I creating obstacles for my future log home services that will get damaged and need replacing in the future.
Log Structure Landscape Planning Ideas and Suggestions
Customer Preparation for Log Home Services
For some of you, you’re probably glad you found this article before you built. However, for those who bought a log home with established landscaping, consider the above. Before we arrive, we should send you Log Masters Restorations Log Home Restoration and Maintenance Customer Prep for Services sheet. Do not overlook this document. It was made after many bad experiences for us and customers to avoid known service issues in the future. Created for awareness, it should help our customers prepare for our arrival and services. On it, you will find a detailed list for you to review and complete before we arrive to ensure the best services with minimal disruptions and damage.
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If you need help planning how to do log home landscaping, please email us, and we will offer our best comprehensive solution. Please let us know what you think in the comments. Your question may spark the following article for discussion.