It depends on the profile of the logs used. For solid log profiles the settlement is about 3-4% for every meter of height. If glued laminated log profiles are used you will have settlement around 1%. Since the settlement is taken into consideration during the engineering process you can move into your new home right away.
The type of foundation needed depends the properties of the soil and ground on the building site and the size of the house. You can use any type of foundation (pier foundation, strip foundation, base slab). Due to the lower weight of a wooden construction, the cost of the foundation is remarkably reduced comparing to that of a concrete or stone construction.
A log house does need some initial care from the new owner, i.e. adjusting metallic tie rods and metallic regulating rods once a year for the first two years. The work needed is minor and we provide detailed care instructions on the completion of the house.
For external finishing, wood paint or UV reflecting glazes are recommended. For internal finishing, we recommend water based glazes, paints or natural oils and waxes. We deliver these materials with the house kit if the customer wishes so.