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Cynthia Gugg
  • Castro Valley, CA
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Has anyone used wood waiter?
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I asked a question about dumb waiters two years ago (yes, we are still in design phase) and Wood Waiter was suggested.  I see their ads in the magazines and have looked through their website.  Their…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia Gugg Nov 1.

Drywall ceiling vs tongue & groove

We're trying to get the cost of building our log home down to budget and considering using drywall on some of the ceilings.  This would be just one of many cuts we have to consider (the savings will…Continue

Tags: ceiling, groove, &, tongue, drywall

Started Jul 22

wood burning peninsula fireplace
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Anyone have one of these they can recommend?  I like the idea of getting the most out of our fireplace viewing from different parts of the home.  I guess these are inserts?  Online I've seen…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pittsburgh Architect May 8.

Natural thin stone veneer
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Has anybody used natural thin stone veneer (NTSV) on their log home (fireplace or exterior)?  I'm wondering how well it holds up, expense compared to cultured stone, and weight.  I'd like to use NTSV…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by shanny May 7.

 

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Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Has anyone used wood waiter?
"Thanks Glen, good suggestions.  I have run into Gardenweb in various searches and their discussions are helpful.  Our plans are going into engineering, the closest we've gotten in our long journey... I just might have that log home…"
Nov 1
Glenn V replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Has anyone used wood waiter?
"You could ask the company for references and I think they would oblige. There is a good website called Gardenweb that has forums in it. Under home forums post under fireplaces. There are also lots of fireplace websites to ask. I am thinking, but…"
Nov 1
Cynthia Gugg posted a discussion

Has anyone used wood waiter?

I asked a question about dumb waiters two years ago (yes, we are still in design phase) and Wood Waiter was suggested.  I see their ads in the magazines and have looked through their website.  Their product is reasonably priced... just wondering if anyone has used them or heard anything good or bad. On a side note, it's my hope that two more years from now I'll finally be enjoying my log home and not still asking questions about building!See More
Oct 14
Cynthia Gugg posted a discussion

Drywall ceiling vs tongue & groove

We're trying to get the cost of building our log home down to budget and considering using drywall on some of the ceilings.  This would be just one of many cuts we have to consider (the savings will add up).  In the bedrooms & bathrooms, drywall ceilings seems fine.  In the great room, must have the tongue & groove.  Not sure about the loft, it seems it would look funny to have a wood ceiling intersect with a drywall ceiling.  The layout is a prow front, but the main ridge line runs…See More
Jul 22
Cynthia Gugg replied to J. R. Guillory's discussion National Geographic Is Searching for People who want a Log Home!
"Just thought I'd chime in - this is not a scam.  I applied for this when they were looking for folks for season 1 and went through the process.  The timing just didn't work out for us for this season.  They are great people…"
Jul 14
Pittsburgh Architect replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion wood burning peninsula fireplace
"I could recommend several gas fireplaces, but not so much wood.  Wood is a bit rustic for most commercial projects.  We specify and see a lot of Monessen, Majestic, and Heatilator fireplaces.  Montigo makes some real nice…"
May 8
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"Yes...I have thought of that too.  Also thought of bark shingles, but they are very pricey. For more good ideas, check out some of the photos if this summer house designed by Dimitris Philippitzis.  Beautiful stonework , design and…"
May 7
Cynthia Gugg posted a discussion

wood burning peninsula fireplace

Anyone have one of these they can recommend?  I like the idea of getting the most out of our fireplace viewing from different parts of the home.  I guess these are inserts?  Online I've seen Majestic, Vantage or Vanguard (they look the same), Heatilator, and Monessen.  Acucraft (saw rec. in another post) only has the 2 sided, but may be a contender.  In the design phase and compromises here and there, I hope this won't be another one!See More
May 7
Cynthia Gugg replied to Shannon's discussion Stairs going around a fireplace
"Hi Shannon - did you ever find any pictures of what you were looking for?  I might have some in my houzz ideabook if you're still looking.  I had considered this as well.  Right now (still in design phase) I'm thinking of…"
May 7
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"Wouldn't you know it, the thin veneer I liked (Bitterroot) is $14 sq ft ($26.50 linear ft for corners).  The fireplace isn't against a wall, so the stone needs to go on all sides - adding up price and more importantly, weight.…"
May 7
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"Thanks for your input, you are right in your explanation.  The reason I closed the thread is because our situation & architect is a bit different than the norm and we got it all figured out."
May 7
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"I love the idea of this - yes, repurpose when possible!  No wild baseballs, I may look into something like this for the foundation siding."
May 7
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"Speaking of slate, people are starting to use reclaimed slate for siding up our way (it has always been a siding material), and lasts for decades as a siding with no maintenance. I have been seriously thinking about doing some of this on the higher…"
May 7
Pittsburgh Architect replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"Oh, and I saw your question about "what to expect from an architect" but the thread was closed for replies.  FYI, it's like any other profession, like a doctor for example - it depends on the person.  Architects typically…"
May 7
Pittsburgh Architect replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"It depends a lot on your location and type of stone.  If you have a lot of freeze thaw and then warm summers, it can expand and contract the stone and break it apart.  We were just talking the other day about a big name architect using…"
May 7
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Natural thin stone veneer
"I don't know where you are located, but I would shop around too.  I have seen some fieldstone thin stone for as little as 7.00 a square foot up to over 20.00."
May 6

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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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