"Well Tracy, you sound sold. They are not a manufacturer that I've heard of or a member of the Log Homes Council. If you google the phone numbers, you'll learn a little. Why Charlie's number comes up with AC custom log homes recently…"
"Who are they a dealer for? They don't grow cypress in KY, so they get their packages from somewhere. You need to be looking at the package supplier track record, as well as their general contracting abilities."
"I wouldn't think that one claim would be the issue. Check on the location of closest Fire Department. Drive from door to door and use that mileage number when communicating with your insurance company. If under (5) miles, you…"
"The insurance industry is like most, they are selective. And recent natural disasters (Sandy, etc.) ad to their woes. If you are in "town class 10", this is worst case scenario and most clients can't be underwritten.…"
"This is three months since you posted, and maybe you already decided. But I'll be in Southampton and the north fork in early December with other new clients and to visit several of our existing commercial and residential structures. If you have…"
"Mitsubishi makes an efficient wall mounted heating/cooling solution that will work short term or long term. Not quite like a hotel/motel unit, but similar concept. Smaller one initially to fit the cabin. Maybe placed up high above…"
"There are certainly a few concrete siding or structural log alternatives. And their finished product looks pretty good as an alternative for the real thing. Maybe maintenance drives people to this decision. Maybe it's shrinkage and settling,…"
"You might try the B-Dry folks. Zero failures in 50k plus installations since 1955. I used them for sub grade slab issue 8 years ago. I thought I knew enough, only to be educated the hard way.
You gotta address the source. I doubt the sweating walls…"
"If you have plans or photos/dimensions to share, it will help to estimate cost. If all (3) are being done at one time, it will be efficient. Sometimes we do exteriors first, then come back and do interiors when all is done and ready?…"
"Horizontal loops will require more land (without lots of rocks), but a 1/2 acre extra seems too much. Maybe a 1/4? Has to do with size of house and climate zone.
A "wall shaker" is a heating and air conditioning unit for…"
"Geo-thermal is a long term cost vs. return decision, and worth it if you are building something special, to hand down to next generation. Not for flipper mentality. It will be comfortable, and not freeze the upper floor during occasional low temps.…"
"I have another job in mineola (wood county) that my crew is going to this fall. Where is your site? Nice looking log, just need to verify connection details (chink over grip strip, or over log on log connection?). Also do you have chink already, or…"
"The land dictates the design. If you have a walkout, add retaining walls, glass and interior finishes and avoid a two story above. A residential elevator sounds extreme, but for $10k and 5x5 closet space, converted later, it makes sense. If you have…"
"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.…"
"This is May. If you are serious and the design doesn't change too much after initial engineering, you should break ground by Labor Day, foundation in by Columbus Day have a package and dried in by Thanksgiving. The alternative of waiting must…"
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?
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.