Log Cabins & EZ Log Design
Cabins, bungalows, and houses constructed from EZ Log kits bear some resemblances to traditional North American log cabins. Like their traditional counterparts, EZ Log buildings share a stacked wall construction method, with wall timbers end-notched for strong interlocking connections between walls.
However, there are some obvious differences between a centuries old building style and EZ Log's more contemporary solutions. Most noticeable are EZ Log's wall timbers, which are flat-sided instead of round. These are considerably less heavy than round log timbers. As a result, most EZ Log wall timbers can be comfortably lifted and placed into position by one or two people, and kits are lighter and more compact, resulting in lower square foot pricing and lower shipping costs.
Another difference relates to the way wall timbers are fitted to each other along their lengths. While some log cabin kits are beginning to offer grooved edge profiles, many round log cabins still require "chinking" with various materials to seal the spaces between logs. EZ Log design has improved this with precisely milled tongue and groove profiles along both edges of each wall timber. This allows wall timbers to lock together tightly edge-to-edge, for additional strength and weather proofing.
EZ Log's system reduces waste, making more efficient use of wood and shipping energy, and provides a marked improvement in energy conservation and the use of valuable natural resources. For this and other reasons, the EZ Log construction method is not a new in Europe, where it has flourished for decades. The North American housing market is quickly awakening to this new concept, where it has only recently been introduced. EZ Log's obvious advantages are being well received, and at Affordable Portable, we're very encouraged by the reception EZ Log is enjoying in Texas.