Type of foundation:
Log homes generally are constructed on one of three types of foundations:
Basement – A finished basement provides additional living space for the home and is often considered a wise investment during construction. Basements are easily heated and cooled and utilize the foundation to add livable square footage to the home. They do require more materials than the other foundation choices and add cost to the home. An unfinished basement allows the potential for more space later at a reduced cost. It also provides usable storage space and easy access to many of the mechanical systems of the home.
Crawlspace – Along with the basement, a concrete block foundation, often called a crawl space, is one of the popular foundation choices in log homes. They can be either a solid wall around the perimeter of the log home, or may utilize block piers set at predetermined points to secure the log home. Many times, poured concrete is used in place of the blocks.
Slab – In areas where a basement or crawl space are not desirable, a poured concrete slab may be utilized. This 4 to 6 inch slab of concrete secures the log home and provides a floor system to add finish flooring to. Slabs are also convenient whenever steps into the home are not desirable.