The short answer to that question is that a log home can be as big as you want it to be if you keep adding more log appendages to it, like we see in this image. For my own personal taste this home offers too much of a good thing…. logs, logs, and logs.
I’d like to give you two things to ponder.
First is that the desire to have a big log home is often solved today by building a log home in a modern way by ignoring the limits to how long of a log one can get out of tree by simply butting logs end to end and nailing them all together. The result of doing this destroys the definition of a log home and results in a horizontal timber home. The aesthetics of traditional log homes is lost. Don’t do that.
The second thought I’d like to present is that everyone should seriously consider a home that is log and stone, or log and timber frame, or log and well… something else. Also, some rooms are best not built of logs, like utility rooms, baths, and kitchens. By making some rooms of a home log and others not, the log rooms take on a special importance. I find that a home is more attractive, more interesting, when a variety of exterior and interior elements are seen such as log, siding, stone, etc. And finally one last point, money is saved by making part of the home out of less expensive materials than logs. Saving money is a good thing.