Ask Sir Walter: Building Systems
Q: Is your design capability any more sophisticated than using a local custom builder?
A: Lindal Cedar Homes has been producing custom homes for more than 60 years. The post and beam building technology we employ has virtually limitless design flexibility and cannot be duplicated by the local custom builder. In addition, our home design library includes thousands of Classic, Contemporary and Traditional home plans to meet every lifestyle. We also welcome your own ideas as one-of-a-kind projects are no stranger to our company.
Q: What makes your solid cedar home different than other log homes?
A: Our Solid cedar homes are made from kiln-dried timbers that are machined to a smooth surface on both faces. This double tongue and groove, friction fit system provides you two distinct advantages: The kiln-drying allows for almost no settling. A regular log homes has to provide gaps at the tops of doors and windows. The surface of the Solid Cedar walls are smooth and not rounded as in traditional log homes, making an easy to clean surface that easily accepts interior finishes and fixtures.
Q: Why do you use glu-lam posts?
A: A glu-lam post is more dimensionally stable, providing a major advantage over dimensional lumber; it will not warp and twist. The posts also match our glu-lam beams for aesthetic harmony.
Q: What is the difference between post and beam and conventional construction?
A: Lindal post and beam construction is designed to carry all of the weight of the home on the post and beam structure, limiting the weight on perimeter walls and interior partitions. This allows large open spaces and rooms to be modified more easily. Conventional construction bears weight on interior and perimeter walls making modifications more difficult.
Q: What makes Lindal post and beam construction different than other post and beam companies?
A: Lindal uses a unique grade of architectural glu-lam posts and beams. Compared to conventional post and beams, the glu-lam post and beam is more stable and does not shrink and twist. Our beams also use a white glue which provides a more finished look, adding to the beauty of your new home.
Q: Are your homes prefab (prefabricated) kit homes?
A: Our homes are custom designed and crafted around a building system incorporating post and beam construction technology. We further detail the plans and high quality materials with a part numbering system, where every piece of lumber has a place. So, our system differs from true prefab. But our system provides a flexible and accurate approach to building a custom home not found at your local custom builder or in the prefab market.
Q: Are structural panels used in a Lindal home?
A: Structural panels, when required by local codes, are used as prescribed by engineering, and work very well with our naturally strong system. Lindal post and beam construction is a system that, in and of itself, readily withstands onslaughts of extreme weather. We have had great success in our homes overcoming hurricanes and earthquakes.
- We provide industry leading quality materials backed up with our Lifetime Structural Warranty.
- Lindal also has more than 60 years of experience providing custom homes with a multitude of options and material choices. First, you will choose from thousands of floor plans that can be modified to fit your lifestyle. And the entire home package is assembled at your home building site.
- Our flexible post and beam system is supported by our experienced dealer network providing local support and services.
Q: Is a Lindal Cedar Home a kit home?
A: When you purchase a Lindal Cedar Home, you are buying a complete home building materials package, not just a kit. This package is customized to fit your needs, your site and your budget. After all, it is not a wood pile, it is a lifestyle.