Nestled at the base of Mt. Adams and on the bank of the White Salmon river, this rustic log cabin was in need of renovations. New owners requested a more contemporary look, a functional interior floor plan, and more privacy. Oregon Finish Carpentry was called-in to install tongue and groove cedar panel walls with a goal to compliment and highlight the exiting structure and the authentic feel of the 30 year old log home.
This is the type a project where our tool set and experience is uniquely appropriate. Here’s a look at the problem:
Log homes are not like traditional stick framed homes where walls can be demolished and rebuilt almost anywhere. Imagine, how would you attach a new interior wall within an authentic log cabin? When every log is a different shape, how do you build an interior wall to fit each of those logs? The task is more difficult if the existing logs are to be preserved unmarred. One more thing to consider – logs expand and contract with weather and continue to settle over time.
In this cabin, the walls we removed were essentially constructed of plywood that butted-up to the exterior log walls. This construction method left large gaps for sound and light to pass through, and left the occupants wanting for privacy. Not to mention, the feel of the walls was flimsy in comparison to the robust feel of the logs. The new owners desired a better solution.
We installed about 6000 linear feet of clear tongue and groove cedar, where each piece was cut and shaped carefully to fit it’s unique place. To enhance the aesthetic quality of the final product, each stick of cedar was hand selected for color and pattern. Grain patterns were matched around corners and were purposefully mismatched across joints. We aimed to shape each piece to match the shape of the logs within 1/32nd of an inch in order to minimize light and sound penetration, with an overall goal of maintaining a 1/8th inch tolerance over time.
Check out the result. Now, when you enter the cabin, you are struck by the artistry of the cedar panel walls and the cabin feels refortified in design and structure.
Design credit: McLaughlin Design + Construction, LLC