What is the best way to finish interior log walls?

q what is the best way to finish interior log walls
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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 24, 2018

    Hi! What look would you like? A fairly simple solution would be to fir out the walls enough to accommodate insulation if it isn't already deep enough. Then I would sheetrock. If you want the wood look, you could do shiplap. Please insulate and install a vapor barrier and you will never regret it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 24, 2018


  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 25, 2018
    So, you want the logs behind the framing to show?
    • HpI21913979 HpI21913979 on Jul 30, 2018
      Yes. Trying to determine if should do a color wash on the log and what color should we do between the log to give it a more modern feel. We've sanded and sealed the logs at this point and are leaning toward not color washing them.
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 30, 2018
    Hi again! It looks like the back of the exterior sheathing, If I'm understanding the picture, between the wood sections. The part that stumps me is the framing that sticks out (I think) into the living space beyond the wood you want to display. Am I on track? Putting sheet rock in such small sections would be a messy, frustrating job I think, with the framing still protruding out. It's a different idea, but, every time I've looked at the picture it's made me think of shelves, because of the framing, which is one way to feature your wood. But, the other idea I had was using wood (applied like shiplap) to attach to cover the gaps where the sheathing shows. Some zoning/permits require a layer of sheetrock before applying wood to an interior wall for slowing down fires. Check locally so you don't have a problem with insurance or resale. I'm not sure what climate you have, but, we would freeze in NE Pennsylvania with nothing but sheathing for insulation, between us and the outside. Heating would be an issue too. But, if you have a milder winter season where you are, maybe it isn't an issue. The individuals I've known with log homes finished walls on the inside after insulating. Then, if they wanted the wood look on the inside, they added wood after the insulation/framing/sheetrock, for accent wall here and there. All wood can get really old, especially for decorating from what I was told. Anyway, I wish you luck and I hope you post your finished project.
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