"Kyle, where in the Rockies is your home? You might consider a nice covered porch addition to the problem side. It might ultimately cost the same as a patch job, and yet add value and useable cooking or seating area to that side of home. Of course,…"
"Small world. I have an experienced Log crew I've worked with for 20 years based in Hurdle Mills. Travels the country for me doing shells and is also a general contractor. This isn't one of our homes, but diagnosing and…"
"It would help to know the prep work required. If stained with water based stain prior, easy to clean, scrap off bad spots and retain. If prior was oil, it might need stripped down to bare wood, or re-oiled after cleaning with current oil base spec.…"
"Let us know the size of heated square footage, basement area (finished?), porch/deck area and garage space. With seismic, permits, and site drainage issues in California, $250/sf for main heated likely. Basement at $175/sf finished, garage space at…"
"You can blow it off, but likely to blow it on another surface. Better to suck the obvious dust off and collect. Then damp rag with water to wipe from top down. Rinsing and changing clean rag often. But no washing and rinsing needed. Just wiping.…"
"You might contact the Servicemaster folks, who professionally deal with this issue after fires, both commercially and residentially. With stud construction, they paint over the charred area, replace drywall, use large ion type machines, etc.…"
"I have a crew with approx 300 homes under their belt in hillsborough, Nc. And maybe we can can help. But your comment about "costs to be reasonable" makes me question expectations. Certainly, we can deliver and build competitively with…"
"This sounds like an indoor humidity issue. Maybe generated near this particular window? The indoor humidity should be around 40%, or less this time of year. I'd get an inexpensive humidistat and place it near the window and…"
"We have done this. I suspect you wanna do it yourself. Get a laser level, string and preferably some PT material on top of the concrete piers to screw these "posts" to. Then copper flash the pt material so it looks good. White oak shims,…"
"I wouldn't mention it if I didn't have experience with it. Mitsubishi worked great. Not the only option. Does your building location dictate code required equipment and blower door testing? California in General does, but individual…"
"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…"
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.