New Member and my first post. After researching and pricing log homes, laminated log homes and metal pole barn type homes (Morton Building homes), I have an idea. My Grand View UMC church has beautiful 2x6 laminated beams (arches) approximately 25 feet tall which is the main structure for our octagon shaped building. There are also laminated 2x6 beams between main beams sort of like timber frame buildings. There are also two 2x6 laminated beams set on brick columns holding up the main front drive under entrance. They are all beautiful and 15 years old. The outside beams just needed some sanding and refinishing this year and it was pretty easy to do.
Has any one seen or know why I couldn’t build a house with solid 2x6 walls? I priced the lumber and for under $6000 I can build a 30x 50 solid house. I would double this 1500 sq. feet by putting it on a full basement. I would also put on a metal roof and 10 ft. wrap around porch. This would protect most of the wood. I think I would do the end gables in metal or cement board siding. Starting on top of the basement I would use a 2x6 treated sill then just start gluing with Liquid Nails and driving galvanized nails. In logic I would be building a laminated wood Home I could make drill templates for each wall and drill the wiring holes as I go up. Or drill them down and run them into the floor trusses.
Window and doorframes could be made out of 2x6s or 1x6 plastic deck wood. I bought enough 2x6 today to build a 4x5 doghouse just to show folks how beautiful it would be. About half the folks I tell all this to think I’m crazy. The other half can’t wait to see it built so they can see if they want one. My old shop teacher said it best. “Well you have always been crazy but I can’t think of a single reason why it won’t work. “It is too easy and nobody could charge you a massive amount of money for laminated logs and such”.
I have 32 acres and 36x50 shop and a 130-year-old house I hate. This seems like a great idea for me, and a way to build my Dream Home for my wife and sons. Any Thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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