We are nearing final stage of land selection, with offers etc. Have been collecting data and such from mfgs/builders/GM-mgmt teams/design-architects and estimated (not cast in bronze, just EST from each). My background is Program Manager in Hi Tech and Aerospace as well as ship building and lower tech. Also spent a year as GM for builder in small homes decades back. Property we really want has smaller home and we would live their during construction and use for guest home later on, so will be…Continue
My wife and I just moved back to western NY and have been trying to find a house with some property for months now with no luck. However, this weekend we finally found a house we really like and it happens to be a log home. The home is approximately 1,700 SF and was built in 1979. It seems to be in good condition, lot of updates on the interior and maintenance seems good for the ordinary stuff. My main question is with the exterior finish of the house. According to the realtor, 1/2 of the…Continue
Just ran across a web site developed in 2013. Titled: B Burton Webb Strategic Business Advisors. Now instead of being a log home manufacturer, he is a business consultant. I believe this fellow is the former owner of Tennessee Log Homes. This business went bankrupt. I have found court issues where a loan , over a million dollars was defaulted on. He was fired from working with the Mayor of Knoxville. His home at the Tamarack Resort in Idaho, was sold on a short sale. His home in…Continue
Just a few things to look for when examining a potential log home purchase with chinking. Thermal imaging revealed a poor chinking job showing 20+ degree temperature differences on just one corner of the log home. Upon closer inspection, the wrong backer rod 'open cell' was used 20 years ago on this log home. The open cell backer rod, especially on the exterior is now just a crumbly mess after being exposed to moisture for 2 decades. The owner has been struggling through 3 different…Continue
Started by Colorado Log Home Finishing in Building and Maintenance Issues Nov 11.
Hello all:3 years ago I finished an addition on my log home and had the existing part of the home sand blasted to remove a solid stain that had been previously applied. I re-stained the entire house using California Storm Stain Semi-Transparent linseed oil based. Color retention has been great but black mold problems have been terrible. I think something was unearthed since all of the rocks which were removed during the foundation dig are covered with black mold as well. Anyway I want to clean…Continue
As a log home maintenance contractor it's become apparent that not many people who own a log home can actually afford the maintenance on a log home and even less can afford restoration work on their log home. Though no one can afford the work anymore, there are more folks than ever who want to understand what log home maintenance and restoration involves and if they can afford it or not. This brings about a new opportunity in log home care which I have taken advantage of in 2014, charging for…Continue
Started by Colorado Log Home Finishing in Issues, Questions, Suggestions, Complaints (and Compliments!) Nov 7.
We are in the final stages of replacing the asphalt roof on our log home. Because of the design of the previous roof, it was necessary to cut out some of the logs along the dormers, remove the old shingles then insert a 4" x 4" cedar timber (see photo). The roofing contractor is adamant that I do not caulk the bottom of the timber where it comes in contact with the asphalt; the top of the timber will be caulked however. I live in a wooded area so debris, leaves, seeds from the trees along…Continue
I asked a question about dumb waiters two years ago (yes, we are still in design phase) and Wood Waiter was suggested. I see their ads in the magazines and have looked through their website. Their product is reasonably priced... just wondering if anyone has used them or heard anything good or bad. On a side note, it's my hope that two more years from now I'll finally be enjoying my log home and not still asking questions about building!Continue