"Cute cabin. Good bones. Do you have the original plans showing the hidden through bolts in the log walls? I'm sure there are some on either side of the windows and doors. But, that large gable end with few openings,…"
"If you post a picture of your existing cabin, it might help the forum members better advise.
When we design and build additions (regardless of construction materials/technique), we encourage a complete separation of the new from the existing,…"
"What type of log profile (round, square d-log) is your home and the chinking detail (log on log, or space between logs with chink backer)? We have professional chinkers who know our Hearthstone system(s) well who travel and chink. Not…"
"If you have a hump or high spot in second floor, and it's been 20 years, sanding it down or furring it up with new finished floor is sometimes the easiest solution. Or, cutting out the top 3" of drywall on 1st floor partitions to…"
"If you know who the original manufacturer is, they might have the plans and detail on file and could help with a solution. If unknown, post a corner picture and city/state and maybe collectively, we can determine who's system it is.
"We delivered and built a Timber Frame and Log hybrid home to nearby Ellicottville this summer, and hope to be back there for a barn in 2018. If you have site plan with a topographical to 2'-0" increments, it would help before a site…"
"Some of do help with the grand scheme, especially if we’re involved with the additional work. A Landscape Architect might earn their keep and provide an unbiased grand plan too. Where is the property located (county, state) and we (as a group)…"
VP Sales at Hearthstone and have been designing, manufacturing and building log and timber frame homes since 1984. Our company manages the entire process from sawmill operations, to vacuum kilns, to on-site construction to turnkey services.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Timber frame, yeah.
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
Thanks for reaching out! You know, I'm not 100% if it is a Hearthstone. The sellers bought it from the original owners. If you know anyone looking to live in the area, please send them the information. It's such a stunning property!
My wife and I are Italian, but we would like to build a log home in Long Branch Lakes, Spencer, TN. Mr. Volpe told me that your are highly experience, so I have a question for you. I have read during these months many specialized magazines and books on the pros and cons of building a true log home. What many owners wonder before building their homes is: is it better to build a conventional home covered with logs or to have a real log home? You know very well that wood is a living material subject to the attacks of insects or sun, reacting to cold and hot. So it can modify its structure during time. Therefore, I suppose that a real log home made with round or flat log inside or outside requires a periodical monitoring by specialized staff to verify possible infiltration among the logs and above all in the critical joint structures, like the roof intersection with the walls, making real problems of insulation. I suppose that these monitorings are expensive and you can well understand that to live with the nightmare that the home can undergo structural problems, it is not so good! I suppose that it will be very expensive to periodically re-apply the products to protect the wood or to call the staff for the monitoring. You can understand that I do not wish to spend my future life becoming slave of my home! On the contrary, besides the problem of re-application of the products for the wood, a covered conventional home doesn’t give structural problems: indeed, it is easier to replace a ruined flat plank or a half log inside or outside without compromising the structure of the home and its insulation.
Since I prefer to build a real log home, I ask you: is it better to build it with double D logs, Swedish logs, with saddle notch corner or with square logs with chink and doventail corner? Which one of the two kinds of logs give the best insulation?
Thank you very much for any suggestions you might have.
Pat Woody is my dad, Dad said he hopes Ernie is well hasn't seen or heard from him in some time. I wasn't around for the Knicely project I was helping the Marine Corps rebuild Iraq at the time but I made it back to Virginia and trying to take things over at Woody Wood Chinking. I hope we can stay in touch. Also would you like some pics. of some hearthstones weve worked on.