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"This amazing home is on 35 Acres and a few miles away from the charming village of Chatham, NY. It…"
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Sashco Transformation and Log Jam

Here are some before, after, and during photos of our current…See More
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8 Stratigies For Reducing Log Home Construction Costs

In addition to being a motivation for much of what we do, money is…


Posted by Donald Parsons on March 7, 2014 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Knowledge Is Power

Unless you’re a longtime construction or real-estate…


Posted by Whitney Richardson on December 23, 2013 at 2:00pm


Sashco Transformation and Log Jam

Here are some before, after, and during photos of our current log home maintenance and log restoration project near Evergreen, Colorado.  The log home was glass media blasted and then grinded with aluminum oxide disks.  Further prep included pressure washing and sanding to achieve a clean / sound surface.  We also removed all of the old chinking and backer.  Many folks on Log Home Neighborhood debate which process to use, media…Continue

Tags: blasting, cabin, Sashco, media, staining

Started by Colorado Log Home Finishing in Building and Maintenance Issues yesterday.

Seeking maintenance/restoration advice 7 Replies

We have purchased a log sided home in need of some restoration/maintenance. Its Cedar and the west side faces a lake. This side gets significant sun and wind exposure.  This is in northern Michigan.   Unsure of the last time it was stained, however we do know they used Sikkens Cetol (found a five gal pail in the basement).  Its been at least five years. On the high exposure lake side dormers there is peeling as well as spots of mold. Other, less exposed, areas of the house still seem to be in…Continue

Started by Mark H in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Bill on Friday.

Overbuilding - anyone else? 9 Replies

So the real question would be for a financial advisor, but wondering if anyone else has run into this and their thoughts.  California is an expensive and tough place to build, I've been warned.  Our appraisal for the projected log home (new construction) came in MUCH lower than the cost to build.  Part of it is due to the spotty market in the semi-rural location we want to build and part of it is due to the nature of our custom build.  Any of you pay more than the surrounding market to build…Continue

Tags: expense, overbuilding, appraisal, low

Started by Cynthia Gugg in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Cynthia Gugg on Tuesday.

National Geographic Is Searching for People who want a Log Home! 18 Replies

This brand-new series on the National Geographic Channel will follow clients from start to finish as they work with a nationally renowned log cabin expert to create a new home, an addition to a residence, a total overhaul or renovation, a weekend retreat, a quirky log shack, hunting lodge, or even a sweet getaway for a pampered pooch.No project is too big or too small! If you're looking for a house made of logs, whether handcrafted, timber frame, Norwegian, a hybrid or anything in between, then…Continue

Tags: Hewn, Hand, Cabin, Home, Log

Started by J. R. Guillory in Log Home News Bulletin Board. Last reply by Terry Ewald on Tuesday.

Favorite Log home Kitchens 3 Replies


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Started by Kim Dispensa in Just For Fun. Last reply by Kim Dispensa on Tuesday.

Repair of rotting logs 11 Replies

Hello all. I bought a 25 year old log home two years ago. I had no experience with them. I now find myself with a log rot problem on the back of the house. The problem area is about 9x50 feet. Not all of the logs have rot. I am considering infared imaging to better understand the extent of the issue. Clearly there are logs to be repaired or replaced. Understanding the expense of replacement I would prefer to repair.I need advice on repair. I have done my homework and think the logs can be be…Continue

Tags: replace, repair, rot, log

Started by Paul Woodman in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Bill Jul 25.

Has anyone used Hochstetler Milling out of Ohio??? 16 Replies

Hi there everyone.  Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experience with Hocstetler MIlling based out of Ohio.  I am interested in using their product to build my log home in poconos PA.  Also does anyone know a good builder that will travel to Poconos PA.  New to the site and looking to get some information from past experiences.  Thanks!!!

Started by Lisa Trotta in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by EZMARY Jul 20.

Observations from a Newbie . . . About a Self-Destructive Industry 45 Replies

I thought I'd throw this out there for general discussion and, perhaps, to invoke a bit of introspection among builders. But, first a little bit about me, lest you think I'm a complete nut: I've just been a participant here for a few weeks. I'm a reasonably educated guy--a retired Air Force officer with a professional post-grad degree--and have dealt with a variety of executives across a large array of industries.My wife and I at long last find ourselves in the position where we can seriously…Continue

Started by Michael Boomgarden in Welcome to the Log Home Forum. Last reply by Branden Drielick Jul 15.



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