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reclaimed wood
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I'm planning the building of my future log home and I would like to build it by reclaimed square logs. Moreover, I would like to use reclaimed wood for interior decors, for instance for the floor…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Weigel Jun 26, 2013.

Heating or geothermal system?
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Hello guys,I am designing my future log home and I haven't decided what heating system to use yet: either radiant or a clean energy system such as geothermal. Did anybody install one of these two…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alessandro Garassino Feb 23, 2012.

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Although I live in Italy, my wife and I have decided to move in the US. So we have visited the last year the Long Branch Lakes (Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennessee) where we have bought our…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Bugaieski Apr 20, 2012.

 

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Brian Weigel replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion reclaimed wood
"Another option that you might look into is a company called Appalachian Antique Hardwoods located in Waynesville, NC. Visit their website http://www.aahardwoods.com/ Good Luck with your project. Brian http://www.weatherall.com"
Jun 26, 2013
shanny replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion reclaimed wood
"I like the look of some of the Walden log homes I have seen in the magazines.  I follow a couple companies on facebook who do similar, I like to watch from start to finish...Ramsey reconstruction is…"
May 23, 2013
Alessandro Garassino replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion reclaimed wood
"thanks a lot for your kind reply and following your useful suggestion, I'm going to turn my attention to one Log Company that reflects my wish to build an Appalachian home. So I'm going to use reclaimed wood only for some…"
May 23, 2013
Chris Wood replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion reclaimed wood
"Be prepared to be disappointed, unless you are using for decorative purposes only.  Finding, grading and engineering a structural application (wall logs, floor beams, roof rafters) using reclaimed will be 2x expensive and 3x time consuming.…"
May 22, 2013
shanny replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion reclaimed wood
"I really like the reclaimed look.  I reclaim and salvage a lot of stuff myself.  Winterwoods homes does work with reclaimed materials too (I think antique cabins and barns does some of their work)."
May 21, 2013
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reclaimed wood

I'm planning the building of my future log home and I would like to build it by reclaimed square logs. Moreover, I would like to use reclaimed wood for interior decors, for instance for the floor rooms (wide planks), the counter and sink tops, the mantel of fireplace and so on. So I turn my questions to people who have built their log homes by reclaimed woods:1 - is it easy to find in the market reclaimed wood?2 - is the price of reclaimed wood cheaper or more expensive of manufactered logs,…See More
May 16, 2013
Mark Bugaieski replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Log Home Company
"You should strongly consider a "stick built" (traditional") home covered with log siding - interior of log siding and/or tongue in groove.  If you google around under wholesale manufacturers, you will find many good ones. …"
Apr 20, 2012
Alessandro Garassino replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"thanks very interesting information. I think that I will install this heating system. Alessandro"
Feb 23, 2012
Raymond Wengerd replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"I would say a home of your scale could range from $7,000 to $12,000."
Feb 23, 2012
Alessandro Garassino replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"thanks a lot for your reply and your useufl opinion. Unfortunately I have already supposed the expensive cost of the geothermal system and so I will find a green alternative solution since probably my budget will be not enough to cover both…"
Feb 23, 2012
Alessandro Garassino replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"thanks a lot for your useful opinion and I have already supposed the expensive cost of geothermal system and so I will try a green alternative solution. You suggest to use a radiant heat system and do you have more or less an idea of the cost of…"
Feb 23, 2012
Alessandro Garassino replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"thanks a lot for your opinion and unfoturnately I have already supposed the expensive cost of geothermal system. I will try a green alternative cheaper. Alessandro"
Feb 23, 2012
John Duke replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"We installed geothermal in our cabin. The place was frigid in the winter and sweltering in the summer before we did. In addition to the geothermal, we put in double pane windows, re-chinked, used foam insulation in the basement, and added insulation…"
Feb 23, 2012
Raymond Wengerd replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"I have been hearing nothing but positive feedback about radiant heat, ecspecialy (hydronic) radiant floors. Geothermal came out of the gates strong, but alternatives are prooving themselves more benificial in numerous areas, especialy cost recovery.…"
Feb 22, 2012
James W. Harbin replied to Alessandro Garassino's discussion Heating or geothermal system?
"Hello Alessandro, Geothermal is a great system if you want radiant heat. You can cool your home as well. The initial costs can be considerable. The last system installed in Delaware was 28,000 dollars. Heat Pumps are quite efficient for your area…"
Feb 22, 2012

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Tell us about yourself:
Hello guys,
I live in Italy but my future dream is to come to live in the States. In fact, to realise this dream, my wife and I have bought recently in Long Branch Lakes (Spencer, Tennessee) some acres in order to build our log home. For this, we need some preciuos suggestions from your community.
Alessandro
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
I hope soon to realise my dream
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
12-24 months

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At 2:33pm on February 13, 2012, James W. Harbin said…

Welcome to America! Go to Katahdin Cedar Log Homes.com and learn about all the advantages of Cedar Log construction. Do not let anyone tell you that cedar is more expensive until you talk to us.

At 10:25am on February 12, 2012, Chris Wood said…

Please go to my website and look at the photos of the type of homes we build.  Large hand-crafted is one of several log profiles we offer.  The turnkey cost of our homes in Spencer, TN will range from $175/sf to $250/sf, with the hand-crafted (large round full scribe), coming in on the higher end.  

www.hearthstonehomes.com  

our construction company site is www.mtstructures.com

Our 6x12 Traditional square hewn with chinking can be done in the $175/sf to $200/sf depending on finish details and roof complexity.

Standing dead timber works in the western US with arid dry climate zones, where insects and decay don't set in too quickly.  When a tree dies in the eastern US, it rots, becomes food for insects and falls over quickly.  The wood is unacceptable to use.  So, if you want to ship western standing dead to the site in TN, okay. But it will be cheaper and better to cut 40 foot fresh timber, vacuum-kiln dry, maybe pressure treat and use regionally available large timber.  

When in Rome.......

At 2:08pm on February 11, 2012, Chris Wood said…
Any thing worth doing, is worth doing correctly. You can build a solid log or a "fake" with wood siding and have the same maintenance issues. The design and detail as it pertains to the job site is critical. In your area of TN, the weather comes from the south and west. So large overhangs, porches, gutters and special glass is needed. Once we meet you on site, we can better discuss the details.

I am biased to the style of log home we build. Square, dovetailed and chinked. We used long timber (40 feet), we vacuum kiln dry and will pressure treat with borates if needed. Our chink space is insulated and our walls are extremely tight. Our crews travel and build the shells anywhere and we've been doing it for 41 years now. We also have a money-back guarantee.

We cannot turnkey your home in Van Buren county. Too far. But we can help find a good finish builder if needed.

To make sure you have an airtight home, we would use a blower door test and thermal imaging camera before the home is completed. This will ensure the home meets code, which is 7 ach at 50 pascals, according to 2009 IECC code. If designed and built correctly, there shouldn't be any more leaking or issues in the future. After three years, the logs will have finished settling and shrinking and possibly another test will be warranted. You will know by the power consumption bills and comfort in your home.

One real issue with stud framed construction that is rarely discussed is "vapor drive". Moisture generated inside a home (showering, cooking, breathing, etc.), tries to escape thru least path of resistance. That means, thru small holes in the vapor barrier, such as nails, electrical outlets, light switches, etc. this vapor then gets trapped by the exterior sheathing (plywood) and log siding. After several years, potential for rot and repair takes place.

To avoid this, build with solid logs and make sure the heating and air conditioning design is engineered for a tight home. Also, wire the bathroom fans to switch on with the lights, and insulate and condition the crawl space under the home. In Europe, they've been managing and engineering around vapor drive for years. Not so much in rural TN.

Let us know if you want us to review and estimate the cost of your home. When are you flying in next? Www.hearthstonehomes.com

Chris
At 8:09am on October 25, 2010, Dolly - Es Log Home Restorations said…
Welcome Alessandro to the neighborhood. Hopefully your dream will come true
and you will like it here in the states. Dolly
 
 
 

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