Forest Grass

Designing & Building

 

EcoLog Design

Many home building kits are predefined and packaged. Customers are charged extra for every change they want to make, they don't have much flexibility in choosing windows, doors or floor plans.

EcoLog Homes are different.


We provide our customers with the flexibility to design their home to best fits their needs. EcoLog has developed a framework which offers lots of room for customising, but still defines some key parameters to allow for cost efficient production and construction.

 

Design Principles

The Walls

Outside walls are typically made of 11 rows of square 8"x8" timbers, with 2" hard foam insulation and chinking between the timbers, resulting in 9' high ceilings on the main floor.

Wood Logs
 
Pile of forested logs

The Process

EcoLog Homes offers a flexible and cooperative way to get your dream cottage or year-round home from your imagination to reality.

The process starts with a basic understanding and clarification of your needs – number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, porch space, and so on. We will sit down with you and spend the time necessary to get this important stage just right.


Consultations with EcoLog staff are always free of charge, and we can help direct you to other services you may require for your project such as excavation contractors, builders, door and window suppliers etc.

Once a basic style is agreed upon and rough floor plans arrived at, the design work is handed over to a Registered Designer (as required by the Building Code), who will produce preliminary drawings based on our earlier rough plans. You will then have an opportunity to make any changes you want at no cost and also talk directly with our professional designer to fine-tune some features if necessary.


After you have approved the preliminary drawings, the next stage is the final drawings. These are the highly-detailed construction drawings of the entire structure from foundation to roof peak, which you will need for your building permits and your contractors to work from. These drawings will carry an engineer’s “seal” as each design is unique and must pass inspection by a professional engineer before any permits can be issued. 

As soon as the final drawings are completed, and while your municipal building department is working on issuing the permits, our sawmill will be cutting and “jigging” your logs so that they will be ready to deliver by the time your permits are issued and your foundation and subfloor are installed and ready.

EcoLog Homes staff are ready to assist at any stage of the process with advice and support, before, during and after the build.

 

Delivery

EcoLog Homes are sold FOB our sawmill in Haliburton Ontario, and are delivered by truck to our customers' build sites.

Delivery is at extra cost and will be priced individually depending upon such factors as distance and accessibility to the site. However, EcoLog Homes is always happy to help find a truck capable of delivering their kit.

Typically an EcoLog Homes kit will require two separate deliveries: the log wall components coming first, followed by the roof structure when your builder is ready for it.

For long-distance deliveries, we use a flat-bed truck and trailer (B-train) and deliver the entire material kit at once. This system will require a fork-lift or similar to unload at the site.

Closeup of freshly cut logs