So far it's been a long hot summer but fall is fast approaching and I'm sure we're all looking for a cool down in the not too distant future.
However, living in an energy efficient log home, the effects of high energy costs are not too much of a worry, but we would all like to see lower energy use whenever possible.
Over the summer we've had lots more rain and thunderstorms than normal. We need the rain but the hail and heavy downpours with the continuous lightening can be a bit disturbing. It is quite nice when sitting either inside or outside your log cabin home to just listen to the rain drops falling on the roof and the comforting sound it makes. At night - it's great to fall asleep to the sound of rain on the roof and even in the middle of the night, if you happen to wake up, it's the sound that puts you right back to sleep. For me it's the comfort that I know my log home will protect my family and myself and withstand most of what Mother Nature sends our way.
A few times this summer I've sat on the back porch and just listened as the storms approach, watch the clouds darken, smell the rain coming and finally seeing the lightening and watching the rain start to fall. The air cools rather quickly and often the humidity falls to a very comfortable level. Afterwards, listening to the rain drops fall from the leaves on the trees and seeing the water droplets form in to multifaceted diamonds that glow with color on the needles of the cedar trees that surround the house is quite peaceful. It's usually pretty quiet just after the storm, but eventually the birds start singing and the humming birds start feeding again from their feeder hung right off the end of our porch rafter.
The screen keeps the bugs at bay and the back porch is protected from these pests as we enjoy an afternoon lunch or evening dinner. It's a GREAT place for resting and relaxing as I go back and forth to the grill while dinner is cooking. A cold drink is often close by to sooth the heat and humidity that is summer in South Carolina.
We love our porches and they were important to us when first planning our log home in 1991. Knowing that if we wanted to entertain or just enjoy a screened in porch that would include an outdoor dining table and chairs we would need to consider at a minimum a 10' deep porch. We have a hot tub, table and chairs for 4 and 2 lounge chairs on our back porch where we can watch the sun setting over the trees and the back yard where it's not unusual to see deer, turkey, quail or other woodland creatures come out to feed and play.
Our front porch which we knew would not be used quite as often or for entertaining, we made only 8' deep which is plenty for our purposes. A swing and a couple of Adirondack chairs make for a great place to have coffee and watch the sunrise in the Spring and Fall.
Living in a custom log home in the woods is a dream that many folks have. At Appalachian Log Structures we've helped thousands of folks realize that dream and provided the log home building materials for their log cabin home.
If you have the dream and are ready to get started be sure to contact one of our Log Home Building Consultants soon. We'll invite you by to set on our porch and listen to the dreams you have. We're ready to help you make it a reality when you are!