Design Elements

Picking the perfect design and build for your timber frame house or cottage can be a difficult task. Unlike traditional residential construction, building handcrafted log homes combines many design element possibilities ranging from the rustic to the exquisite.

From post and beam accents, to exquisite wooden interiors to the fun and classic Skip Peeled Staggered Sawtooth Style, our trained and experienced professionals will build the home that suits your lifestyle. With state of the art equipment and the wisdom of generations, our craftsmen will turn your dreams into a reality.

While each style is sturdy, original, and beautiful, one will fit your sense of timber style the best. When it comes to designing your log home, there is more to choose than simply the size of your bedrooms and how many bathrooms you want. There are numerous areas in which you can put your own design desires to work, from the way your staircase looks to the doors and windows you choose. Interior choices range from the truss design to the railings you choose for your loft. Exterior touches include the log end styles to the choice of using skip peeled logs.

Explore the many options below:


Log End
Log End

Our log homes can be built with different log end styles. This is another opportunity for you to demonstrate your style in choosing your desired finish to the log ends.

Post & Beam
Post & Beam

Canada's Log People builds a variety of styles of log posts + beam construction. The whole building can be built using post + beam or only a small area such as an entry roof to give a standard stick frame home some additional character.

Timber Frame
Timber Frame

Round or square, either way, we can build it. The squared off posts and beams add another dimension to your home. All the joinery is mortise & tenon together, with or without wood pegs. Our highly skilled log home builders can put together an equally impressive timber frame as any dedicated timber frame company.

Hybrid Designs
Hybrid Designs

Canada's Log People can work with you to build a log home hybrid with a more conventional home construction method. A few logs placed on the top and bottom of the walls make this a hybrid between a full stacked log home and a post & beam style home.

Dovetail Style
Dovetail Style

We offer the dovetail style construction with flat walls or round logs.

Truss Design
Truss Design

Canada's Log People employs many different concepts and designs for Truss Design. Sometimes designed for function and sometimes for style, you can rest assure that Canada's Log Peopls will build your log home to be sturdy and strong.

Log Accents
Log Accents

Enhance your conventional home with the added feature of log accents.

Stairs
Stairs

Often neglected as part of a home design, a staircase can be as simple as you want it to be, but it can also be the showpiece of your home. Here are a few examples of the log home staircases built by Canada's Log People in the past.

Railings
Railings

Indoors or Outdoors, railings are an important part of any log home. Not simply a functional piece, railings serve to complement the style of your log home and providing an elegent, yet rustic finish to an already beautiful log design.

Carvings
Carvings

What better way to personalize your log home than with a unique carving built directly into your home? Canada's Log People has numerous examples of how art and construction collide in the personalization of their log homes.

Character Logs
Character Logs

Not all logs are straight and true, but that doesn't mean they cant make for a unique design feature in your home. Take a look at our gallery of Character Logs for some design ideas.

Skip Peeled Logs
Skip Peeled Logs

Canada's Log People can build your home with skip peeled logs to give it a unique look. Our gallery of Skip Peeled Log homes can be found here.

Flat Walls
Flat Walls

Canada's Log People can provide a flat wall profile on the inside or both sides of the walls. It can be flattened for the whole house or just certain areas. This is a unique feature for your home.

Doors & Windows
Doors & Windows

When planning your log home with Canada's Log People, its important not to forget the importance of a signature door or window to add the final touch to your custom home. Canada's Log People can provide custom Doors and Windows built with heavy jambs made especially for your log home.

Extras
Extras

Canada's Log People can go that extra mile in giving your Log Home an overall theme by building you a gated entrance, or a table made from the same logs as your home.


Wood Species

How to choose the right species of wood.

Let’s focus on the bread and butter of our operation: the type of wood that we use to create our log homes.

Our homes are built primarily with Engelmann Spruce, Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine, although we use Western Red Cedar on occasion. Which one is the right one for you?

At Canada’s Log People, Inc., we do not choose the cheapest, lightest, or most readily available type of wood. Over the past thirty years of work in the timber industry, we have focused on using only the highest quality of all our wood species. With all of these striking and unique types of timber to choose from, we hope you will consider Canada’s Log People as your only choice when it comes to building the home of your dreams.

Choosing the species of tree for your log home can be as important as your floor plan or any other design. Not all species of tree have the same characteristics, so your decision can be based just as much on visual preferences as it is on the needs of your environment.

We encourage you to call us and find out more about what we do. If you would like, we will get you in contact with one of our customers. Our clients take as much pride in the timber of their log homes as we do.

Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir

A large tree, reaching heights of 85 metres on the coast and 42 metres in the Interior. Older trees have a long, branch-free trunk and a short cylindrical crown with a flattened top.

Engelmann Spruce
Engelmann Spruce

Canada's Log People build homes out of Engelmann Spruce, a straight tree that can grow to 50 metres tall. The Engelmann Spruce is a species of spruce native to western North America, including central BC.

Lodgepole Pine
Lodgepole Pine

Canada's Log People use Lodgepole Pine, a tall, slender, straight tree which grows throughout most of the Interior and is excellent for the construction of Log Homes.

Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar

A large tree, up to 60 metres tall when mature, with drooping branches; trunk often spreading out widely at the base. The Western Red Cedar is an excellent choice for the construction of your custom Log Home.