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Cynthia Gugg
  • Castro Valley, CA
  • United States
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Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country
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As we continue to plan (boy this takes forever), I need to find a log home builder for Northern California Tuolumne County.  We had one lined up, but he quoted extremely high and we're told sometimes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Artisan Log and Timber Homes Mar 7.

Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
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Looking for recommendations, advise, comments for heating & cooling for a log home we'll be building in phases.  Phase 1 will be a tiny cabin - essentially this will be the future master suite…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by shanny Dec 16, 2013.

Sharing a chimney

We'll be building our log home within the year and the design has a fireplace on the main level.  We're planning on using a zero-clearance wood burning fireplace with a blower.  I'd like to put a…Continue

Started Sep 20, 2013

Energy efficient heating and cooling
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Would love to hear the pros and cons of home owner's energy efficient heating and cooling.  I've been thinking about geothermal heat pumps, but not sure how affordable that will be.  Anyone using…Continue

Tags: energy, efficiency, solar, pumps, heat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wood Sep 24, 2013.

 

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Artisan Log and Timber Homes replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country
"Hi Cynthia, Your right, planning a log home takes time, care and energy.  We're a family owned handcrafted log home company located in BC Canada.  Since 1977 we've been designing, building and exporting log homes around the…"
Mar 7
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country
"Thank you (?) all for the eye-opening expenses of building the home. ;-)  As soon as we can get our plans together, I know where to look for some builders - much appreciate the help!"
Mar 3
Matt Davidson replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country
"Hi Cynthia, I am new to log home neighborhood, but a seasoned  handcrafted log home builder from Canada. We specialize in the log package, and providing technical support to your contractor .  I have worked with contractors in…"
Mar 3
Chris Wood replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country
"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…"
Feb 28
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country
"Finding good help is really tuff these days. In Colorado builders come from all over the world to build log homes. Don't be surprised if you have to pay over $200 / sq ft to build your home. Prices on most supplies have doubled in the past 5…"
Feb 27
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Looking for a builder in No. Calif gold country

As we continue to plan (boy this takes forever), I need to find a log home builder for Northern California Tuolumne County.  We had one lined up, but he quoted extremely high and we're told sometimes builders do that when they really don't want the job.  We had another one lined up, but she's recently moved from the area.  Would love to find someone who can build us this home!See More
Feb 26
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"I know I am long winded.... I build my own cabs...so I can move them when I build the bigger kitchen.  When we do this move, I will already have water and drain hookups in so I can move the washer and dryer up to the ground floor instead of the…"
Dec 16, 2013
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"Check out the radiant floor link I posted.  He has some good info in it. "
Dec 16, 2013
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"I love talking about log and timber contruction. I love oood architecture and design a lot....to a passion...and have a high level of appreciation and respect for the craftsmen / women that do the job (having done it on this project). I don't…"
Dec 16, 2013
Cindy Castro DiRusso replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"Hi Cynthia, If you are building in 2014, I think we may have a fantastic opportunity for you to feature your build on TV with one of the best log home builders in the US. I can answer more questions at 310-957-5757 x261. I hope we can chat…"
Dec 16, 2013
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"We've considered both radiant heat and tankless water heaters.  I've got so many questions about both that I'll need to start a separate post... (probably after the holidays)..."
Dec 16, 2013
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"I'm not sure what the county requires but will look into that.  Glad you like the Mitsubishi, gives me more confidence in that option."
Dec 16, 2013
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"Shanny - do appreciate your's and everyone's opinions... that's why I posted the question and why these forums are so useful.  Especially when it brings up side notes like your phased approach as well.  Is there anything you…"
Dec 16, 2013
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"Yeah...I know. Its just like my electrician says, some of the codes were originally good, now some are just there because of corporate lobby and profits. I like green building adviser, because they get into issues for people like me."
Dec 16, 2013
Scott Castle replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"Shanny, Sorry if my comments were interpreted as harsh. One thing this forum is good for giving interpretations and viewpoints which sometimes are conflicting and often biased to ones experience or education. It offers information which people with…"
Dec 16, 2013
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Building in phases - heating and cooling considerations
"Sometimes I wish I would just never respond to these things. I should just stayed "holed up" in my little log cabin, and let the experts answer.  What the heck would some hick in a log cabin know anyway?  I like Building Science…"
Dec 15, 2013

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Tell us about yourself:
Like most people new to log homes, we're pretty excited about building one in the near future. Might consider a hybrid timber and want to incorporate as much green as possible. This will be a weekend vacation home for extended family and future retirement home. Hope to gather as much information and advise as possible in order to make decisions we won't regret!
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Not yet, but have almost closed on some land and can then start the planning!
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
12-24 months

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At 12:19pm on April 7, 2013, James W. Harbin said…

Hi Cynthia, I strongly recommend you consider cedar for your log home for lots of reasons. Check out usaloghomes.com.If you have a plan you can get real pricing. These folks have an advantage,they use the entire tree and they are close to their resource. Good luck, Jim Harbin

 
 
 

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