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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…


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Requesting Advice on Renovating a 1940's Log Cabin 9 Replies

Hello,         I am new to the forum and to owning a log cabin.  My wife and I purchased a lake home that has a small log cabin on it that was constructed in the 1940's.  I have attached a few pictures of it.  It has never been treated or stained.  It has logs that are rough sawed on the top, bottom, and the side facing the interior of the building.  The exterior face never had the bark removed and the chinking is mortar.  It appears that the logs are red pine.  The property was neglected by…Continue

Started by Brian in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by Brian 15 hours ago.

Re: Staining for your log home 4 Replies

We used Perma chink for our stain. We chose a color that has alot pigment for reduced fading and we did exactly what they told us. Our home is beautiful and the results after 2 years - it still looks like the original coats - we used the log wash after the first year and will be doing it this spring again. We have friends that used other products and they have terrible fading and mildew. We live in the swamp and are so proud to be perma chink users. They are the best. Our home is proof of it.

Started by John & Barbara Padgett in All About Stains and Sealants. Last reply by Brian on Monday.

Contractor recommendations, Kentucky

My wife and I need a competent contractor to media/cob blast and refinish our home. Can anybody please provide me with your recommendations?Also would like to discuss idea for re-designing the deck(s).While I am at it... I would like to discuss ideas for an Out-Building for equipment storageContinue

Started by John Simpson in Building and Maintenance Issues on Friday.

Sashco Transformation and Log Jam 3 Replies

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. Last reply by Kelly Aug 19.

Cob Blasting - estimated cost? 24 Replies

I was wondering if anyone would know the estimated cost of cob blasting a 1900 sq ft ranch style log home. The house was built in 1994 and has never been recoated but is in pretty decent shape. I tried power washing one end but it removes part of the finishing fairly easy creating a spotted looked. I wanted the finish to have a like new look again and I just don’t think I’ll get those results from power washing.

Started by Scott Lambert in Repair and Home Projects Help. Last reply by Scott Lambert Aug 19.

Most durable exterior seal? 11 Replies

I'm building a cabin up in northern Michigan (think: waaaay up north) and I'm looking for a really durable exterior stain that'll last through the crazy snow storms there. Does anyone have any suggestions for stains and where to find them?Continue

Started by Chet Broski in All About Stains and Sealants. Last reply by hasslefree Aug 17.

Should I change stains? 13 Replies

  When I built my log home 20 years ago, it was suggested that we use Sikkens 1-2-3.  Cetol 1 is used as the primer coat, and Cetol 23 es used a the finish coat (2 coats).  Over the years this method has darkened the logs. Fairly recently Sikkens came out with a clear maintenance coat that protects but doesn't darken the logs.  The problem is this maintenance coat costs me at least $72 a gallon, PLUS shipping!  This is an oil-base product.  My questions are:  1) Is there a cheaper maintenance…Continue

Started by Doug Ottney in All About Stains and Sealants. Last reply by Colorado Log Home Finishing Aug 17.

Needing advice about blasting and staining. 12 Replies

My house is 27 years old. There is no evidence that it has ever been stained since it's construction. I'm sure that it needs to be stained to get the benefits that it would bestow (I guess). Do I have to blast it before staining ? I have a bid of $6.50 per square foot to blast and stain. Ouch !!! Thanks for any and all advice.Continue

Tags: media, blasting, blast, staining, stain

Started by Paul Woodman in Building and Maintenance Issues. Last reply by George Aug 15.



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