There is a lot of time and effort that goes into the kiln drying process. The cost involved with this process is a substantial value to you, the homeowner. When an “air dried” home is built it must be constructed according to special methods to allow for the great amount of settlement that can be expected to occur.
As a log dries it shrinks. With many courses of logs being stacked one above another to build a log wall, this shrinkage can add up quickly. Allowance for the shrinkage must be taken. These allowances include spaces left above windows and doors, floating window jambs (a possible sealing problem), slip joints in plumbing drain lines, feed lines and vents, screw jacks in interior walls to be adjusted as the exterior wall become lower (up to three inches in some cases), kitchen cabinets not being able to be mounted on exterior log walls and various other building system requirements that will propagate more maintenance as the home settles.
None of these special systems are required with a Applewood Log Home due to proper kiln drying of the logs. This translates into far less maintenance for you, the homeowner. Again it is a value -versus- cost situation.