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
To anyone who has purchased or evaluated Southland Log Homes. I joined this forum to assist a family member who is evaluating two log home builders. My brother, who currently does not have internet access, asked me to find out any positive or negative comments out there regarding Southland. I would most sincerely appreciate any reviews about Southland from the members of this site. Please chime in as your experience with this manufacturer would carry considerable weight.....Thanks in advance…Continue
Started by Martin Doebel in Issues, Questions, Suggestions, Complaints (and Compliments!). Last reply by J Guidry Jul 25.
Hello everyone, I'm hoping to find somebody who can help. I'm looking to build a 12x12 butt and pass log shelter for guests to sleep in while at my lake house in northeast PA.I don,t need water or a kitchen. Only sleeping space and a little storage space.I've never built anything like this, but would love to try. Or if I could find a Kit that would work as well. I hope to hear from anyone who might have a suggestion or two.ThanksRayContinue
We're trying to get the cost of building our log home down to budget and considering using drywall on some of the ceilings. This would be just one of many cuts we have to consider (the savings will add up). In the bedrooms & bathrooms, drywall ceilings seems fine. In the great room, must have the tongue & groove. Not sure about the loft, it seems it would look funny to have a wood ceiling intersect with a drywall ceiling. The layout is a prow front, but the main ridge line runs…Continue
Started by Cynthia Gugg in Building and Maintenance Issues Jul 22.
Hi guys, I have a question that I hope you can help me with. In the image below I have three different stain / finish combinations on 100 year old Douglas Fir that has been torched with a propane weed burner and Osborne brushed. The middle board has been treated with Permachink Ultra 7 Carmel and Chestnut and the Permachink Satin top coat and on the right the board has been treated with 7 coats of SeaFin teak oil. I like the Permachink product because of it's breath-ability and the…Continue
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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