What are the differences between a Full Scribe Log Home, Post and Beam, Timber Frame and Hybrid Log Home?

Artisan Custom Log Homes

May 17,2016 in Pre-Project

By now you probably know that there are 4 types of log homes: Full scribe, post and beam, timber frame and hybrids. Hybrids are a mix of >


As you start to plan and design your custom home it’s a good idea to understand how each of the three main >

Full Scribe Log Home


A full scribe log home is a traditional log >


There are no real limitations when it comes to building a full scribe log home. We have built log homes ranging in size from 800 square feet to well over 10,000 square feet. We will help to ensure that your new house is designed in a fashion that can be built efficiently as well as effectively.


Depending on the location of your home, we may also recommend certain logs for the construction. If you are located in a very damp environment or one that is known for wood-boring insects, we would recommend western red cedar logs, for example.

When full scribe log homes are gasketed properly and hand-fit together with “over-scribed” notches, they are considered to be very energy efficient. Currently the B.C. log home industry is working on documentation to support these claims.


Advantages of a full scribe log home


  • • The strong structure can withstand almost anything that Mother Nature can throw at it.
  • • Full scribe log homes can be reassembled very quickly on your foundation since all the logs have already been pre-fit in our log yard prior to shipping.
  • • Little framing is required for a custom full scribe log home. Because all exterior and some interior walls are made solely of logs, there will be less need of traditional framed 2×6 walls.
  • • Because the log walls are solid and considered the finished product, there is no need for siding, insulation or drywall.
  • • Building a full scribe log home can take anywhere from 1-4 months, depending on the design.
  • • Re-assembly of a full scribe log home can take 1-4 days.


Disadvantages of a full scribe log home


  • • During the first few years the logs will need to settle. As they dry, the diameter of the logs shrinks and special care must be taken and adjustments made to maintain tight-fitting joinery. This requires the owner to adjust the house as it settles.
  • • Trades such as plumbing, electrical and finishing carpentry require special procedures to finish the house.
  • • Traditionally, full scribe log homes are the most expensive to build due to the added labor and logs needed.

Artisan will supply you with a “how-to” manual to assist you with the final steps of your log home.


Post and Beam Log Home


One of the most popular designs, post and beam log homes and cabins use full logs as a structural support providing a natural log surface inside and outside the home. Fewer logs are used compared to a full scribe making these homes a great cost-effective alternative to full scribe log homes.


A post and beam log home consists of many vertical log posts that carry large horizontal logs on top. The log components are then in-filled with conventionally framed 2×6 walls, cinderblocks or straw bales. This >


Post and beam construction is the most flexible >


Post and beam log homes are very energy efficient. We use closed cell gaskets in numerous log connections during the reassembly to ensure that there is no air infiltration once your house is complete. We also groove all the posts and beams to allow siding to be installed into the groove during finishing. This also helps prevent air from entering your new home.


Advantages of a post and beam log home


  • • A post and beam log home has very flexible design options.
  • • There are no settling issues with a post and beam home compared to a custom full scribe home.
  • • Easy for trades to frame and wire the home.
  • • Less maintenance compared to a full scribe home.
  • • Building a post and beam log home can take anywhere from 1-4 months depending on the design.
  • • Reassembly of a post and beam log home can take 1-4 days.
  • • Traditionally post and beam log homes will cost less per square foot to build than a full scribe log home.
  • • Energy efficient.


Disadvantages of a post and beam log home


  • • There are no disadvantages to choosing a post and beam log home over full scribe or timber frame. It comes down to personal >


Timber Frame and Hybrid log Homes


Timber frame homes are very similar to post and beam where the main horizontal structure is held up by many timber posts. The main difference is the timbers are precisely cut into a square profile where post and beam is a round profile. Usually timbers are seen on the interior of the home with traditional siding options covering the outside.


Depending on the >


Timber frame homes are very energy efficient. We use closed cell gaskets in numerous timber connections during the reassembly to ensure that there is no air infiltration once your house is complete. We also offer the option to groove all the posts and beams to allow siding to be installed into the groove during finishing. This also helps prevent air from entering your new home.


Timber frame construction is also a very flexible >

The stunning trusses that you see in old wooden churches are usually timber frame.


Advantages of a timber frame or hybrid log home


  • • A timber frame log home has very flexible design options.
  • • There are no settling issues with a timber frame home compared to a custom full scribe home.
  • • Easy for trades to frame, wire and plumb the home.
  • • Less maintenance compared to a full scribe home.
  • • Option to kiln dry material.
  • • Traditional siding can be used with a timber frame home.
  • • Building a timber frame log home can take anywhere from 1-2 months depending on the design.
  • • Reassembly of a timber frame log home can take 1-4 days.


Disadvantages of a timber frame or hybrid log home


  • • There are no disadvantages to choosing a timber frame log home over full scribe or post and beam. It comes down to personal >


Quick Assessment


When it comes to deciding which type of custom log home is the best fit for you, here is what we found helps:


Full Scribe Log Homes are a good fit for those who:


  • • Want the traditional log home feel.
  • • Are building in an area with possible seismic and extreme weather conditions.
  • • Don’t mind the bit of maintenance to ensure that the home settles correctly.
  • • Have a log shell budget of $50-$85 per square foot and up.


Post and Beam Log Homes are a good fit for those who:


  • • Want a mix of modern and log home accents—both exterior and interior.
  • • Want low maintenance.
  • • Want more flexibility with their design and >
  • • Have a log shell budget of $35 per square foot and up.


Timber Frame Homes are a good fit for those who:


  • • Want minimal logs or timber showing from the exterior but want the wow factor inside.
  • • Are designing a home with vaulted ceilings and want the timber accents.
  • • Want low maintenance.
  • • Have a Timber package budget of $45 per square foot and up.