Vancouver Island Model Log Home Near Victoria

Ecolog Show Home near VictoriaIn 2010 we built an Ecolog home in Central Saanich, near Victoria, British Columbia. This home served as a show home for our West Coast customers for several years. The custom log home design is based on the floor plan called "The Victorian", which is described on this page in detail.

The construction process for this log house kit was used to validate some design improvements, which we developed specifically for our West Coast customers:

  • Strengthening of all timber connections to satisfy seismic requirements
  • Improved construction techniques to conform with building envelope and energy performance requirements in British Columbia
  • Intergration of other design elements like cedar shingle siding for dormers and gables, natural stone siding, artistic metal railings and more.

This home also demonstrates the integration of some eco friendly features into Ecolog homes like

  • ICF basement construction - very energy effecient walls, reduced waste, fast erection
  • Solar hot water system
  • Solar powered radiant floor heating
  • Energy efficient german style tilt-turn windows from Vera-DE Windows in Courtenay 
  • Home automation system to improve safety and security while saving on energy
  • Minimize environmental impact by using locally produced products where available
    • All wood for walls, roof trusses, roof sheating, floors and framing comes from the Cowichan Valley (Hemlock and Fir)
    • Cedar shingles for dormers and gables from Cowichan Valley
    • Yellow cedar for interior stairs and red cedar for outside stairs and deck from East Sooke
  • Use of natural materias wererever possible (solid wood floor, eco friendly water based stains, etc.)
  • We did a blower door test as part of an official Energuide rating process. The results are great - we achieved an Energuide rating of 79, where typical new frame construction homes built to code are between 65 and 72. This proves that our Ecolog homes are very energy efficient.

Update 2017: As we are planning to build another Ecolog home on Vancouver Island we sold the Ecolog home in Saanich. The home sold less then 24 hours after putting it on the market at full list price! This is another proof that there are lots of people who love these kind of homes, and that Ecolog homes have an excellent resale value. 

Ecolog BC Show Home Staged for Young Life Tour

In April 2011 we participated in the Young Life Home Design and Renovation Tour, a fund raiser for Young Life Victoria. In preparation for this event we worked hard in putting finishing touches on the home, getting the landscaping done, and staging the whole house nicely. Thanks to Klaus & Bobby coming all the way from Germany to help, to Carmen from New Space Design for staging the home, and to Sandra for her meticulous cleaning and for taking my dog over the weekend !

More then 800 people visited our home during 2 days. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, people used all kinds of superlatives: Charming, but different than any log home I have seen... Very bright... Warm atmosphere... really cool (from the younger people in the crowd). Have a look at the images (click on any image to start a slide show):

Back deck
Guest Bathroom
Bird by Mike Mintern
Hall Loft
Bath loft
Bed in dormer
Bath loft
Dining room
Herons made by Mike
Back side with deck
Side with balcony
Front entrance
Metal railing by Mike Mintern
Entrance / Porch
Entrance and garage
Master bedroom
Master bedroom -
Hallway / Entrance
Cedar stairs
Master bedroom
Guest bedroom
Stairs loft to main
Corner detail
Front entrance and garage

EcoLog BC Show Home Photographed by Ted Grant

Veteran photographer Ted Grant is one of a kind! At 86 years young, his visit to BC's first Ecolog Home still included calisthenics with the camera, resulting in great photos from new angles, capturing both detail and the big picture in the Van Isle Ecolog Show Home. Notice how Ted works only with natural light to capture the atmosphere of the different spaces.

Living room with wood stove  (Foto by Ted Grant)
Living room with wood stove and dining area in background  (Foto by Ted Grant)
Living room (Foto by Ted Grant)
Sun flooded dining area, kitchen in background  (Foto by Ted Grant)
Dining area, view from kitchen  (Foto by Ted Grant)
Dining area  (Foto by Ted Grant)
Living room with kitchen in background (Foto by Ted Grant)
Antique german cabinet (Foto by Ted Grant)
Bathroom on main floor (Foto by Ted Grant)
Stairs built of yellow cedar (Foto by Ted Grant)
Master bedroom with exposed ceiling and roof trusses (Foto by Ted Grant)
Master Bedroom (Foto by Ted Grant)
Interesting perspective of bathroom through mirror (Foto by Ted Grant)
Main bathroom in dormer in loft (Foto by Ted Grant)
Main bathroom in dormer in loft (Foto by Ted Grant)
Teename bedroom (Foto by Ted Grant)
Teenage bedroom (Foto by Ted Grant)
Master Bedroom with log bed in dormer space (Foto by Ted Grant)
Artistic railing by Mike Mintern, front porch (Foto by Ted Grant)
Painted concrete floor in suite. (Foto by Ted Grant)

EZLog Cabins & Cottages

Image of Mari A cabin
Vanisle Ecolog Homes is official dealer for EZLog do-it-yourself kits. This extends our product offering with very affordable cottage, cabin, garage and other wood structure kits. Check out our EZlog page for more details.


I really like your design, I think it is a nice balance of rustic and modern, and includes nice clean lines and brightness.

Joel F

I love that EcoLog uses logs from forests recognized for sustainability. Choosing EcoLog offered us the design flexibility of a custom home at an affordable price.

Greg MacDonald, Tobermory

Viewed your show home and am totally impressed. I have decided this is what I will build when my property is ready. Thank you Hermann, these homes are amazing.

Lori Lelonde, Victoria BC

Hermann was extremely helpful in every aspect of our project; from assisting us source trades people, assessing the lay of our land, discussing foundation options, to working our way through the sometimes onerous task of fulfilling our municipality’s building permit requirements. Hermann made the whole process not only enjoyable but enlightening, and I would highly recommend him to anyone contemplating building a kit home.

Julia McCaig, Bowen Island


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