Thanks, OG. I've been doing some research for a few years now about log cabin construction. You're correct about the "shell" and insulations used. There is no way we'd hire a wanna-be "Daniel Boone" builder to do any construction when you're looking at the dollar amount necessary for put your dream home together.<quoted text>
I lived in a log cabin when I was in Massachusetts. I lived in it for 24 years. They are very expensive to construct, and you almost have to have someone put up the shell professionally. They have special equipment to make the houses tight. I knew of someone who didn't do that and napkins would blow off the table when the wind was gusty. It's true that early settlers constructed their own, but look how much "caulking" they had to put on each course of logs. If you do build a log cabin, get full logs for the outer walls, instead of log facing over plywood. We had 9 inch full logs, which retained heat in the winter, and kept temperatures cool in the summer. The only drawback is that you can get sick and tired of looking at logs, and interior wall petitions of wood. There's not a lot you can do to change the appearance, unless you use conventional walls for the interior.
As far as the wall issues, I've always been more of a 'window and nature' admirer than a hanger of artwork, hehe. Give me a wall of glass or windows so I can fill the room with plants, and/or look outside at nature, and I'll find that more attractive than a million dollar Rembrandt hanging on the wall, HAHA!!
Good information, thanks!