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Loghomeology definition

Half Dovetail

A dovetail tapered only on one side as opposed to a full dovetail joint.

Half-Log Siding

See log siding.  Siding that looks as if it is a whole log, but has been milled to be used as siding.

Hammer Beam

A horizontal member on top of a wall or rafter (or roof truss, called hammer-beam truss) that supports the roof truss. The design creates a large roof span with relatively short timbers and serves the purpose of a tiebeam. A Hammerbeam roof is a Gothic open timber roof such as Westminster Hall.


As opposed to 'milled', a handcrafted home is typically one where the logs are crafted by hand using various joinery techniques. A combination of craftsmanship and science using full scribe and corner notching and other hand crafted methods.


The process of using an adze to rough-trim the surface of logs, which gives logs a hand-crafted appearance. Milled logs can be given this effect at additional cost from many manufacturers.


That part of the timber extending beyond the shoulder which is let into another timber.


A structural log or timber that supports other logs.  Also joists and rafters where they are cut around a horizontal opening, such as a window or door. See lintel.


An external angled ridge formed by two adjoining planes or the meeting of two sloping sides of a roof with wall plates running in different directions.

Hip knob is a finial, ball or ornament at the intersection of the hip rafters and the ridge.

Hip molding is a molding on the hip of a roof that covers the hip joint.

Hip rafter is the rafter which extends from the wall plate to the ridge in the angle of a hip roof.

Hip roof (or hipped roof) a roof having sloping ends and sloping sides.

Home Automation

Automating functions in a home much like a simple thermostat regulates the inside temperature. Many primitive looking log homes are actually 'smart homes' utilizing many wired & wireless features. See article on Log Home Automation.


An acronym for "heating, ventilation, and air conditioning".  Basically, the method(s) you will choose to heat and cool your log or timberframe home.  As an example, you may choose to use in-floor radiant heat supplemented by a woodstove or fireplace insert.  See some great fireplace ideas and accessories


A hybrid is a mix of styles and/or building components. A timber frame structure may use log siding or logs or even conventional stick-built methods and materials. Conversely, a log home may employ exposed timberframe beams to compliment the design.

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