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Cynthia Gugg
  • Castro Valley, CA
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Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
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The plan in the great room has a ceiling fan with a light fixture.  I'm not sure if this will be enough.  The great room is a prow with all the windows, ceiling peaks at about 35 ft.  There will be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by shanny Jan 25.

Overbuilding - anyone else?
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So the real question would be for a financial advisor, but wondering if anyone else has run into this and their thoughts.  California is an expensive and tough place to build, I've been warned.  Our…Continue

Tags: expense, overbuilding, appraisal, low

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynthia Gugg Jul 28, 2015.

Builder's Risk (course of construction) AND liability insurance?
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I've been shopping around for builder's risk insurance and already have some quotes (Zurich).  Our current homeowner insurance agent said we also need liability insurance, even if our general…Continue

Tags: liability, insurance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fred Roberts May 18, 2015.

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, 2014.

 

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shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"Good info.  :)"
Jan 25
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"Those are good points about the recessed lighting. All my lighting in the barn is in conduit I made from wood, or steel that I painted an oil rubbed bronze, to match my truss hardware.  Its all exposed.  I have a built up roof (9" of…"
Jan 25
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"That's good to know about the heat loss.  I think I'm going to attach lighting to the truss, something that can direct both up and down."
Jan 25
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"Thanks, we built them ourselves, I hewed them and made the hardware etc..  We had some rough sawn fuzzy beams in the last place and my wife said never again (they collect too much dust, and are hard to clean).  So everything was ground and…"
Jan 15
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"What beautiful trusses you have!  The electrician and I were talking today and felt that recessed lighting that high up might not give us the light down below in the living area.  We'll revisit and consider attaching lighting to the…"
Jan 15
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"Here is a look going up and you can see the two ceiling fans with lights.  In addition to these we have for barn down lights.  To us, there is not nearly enough light coming from the ceiling fans at that elevation."
Jan 14
shanny replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting
"We like plenty of light and lighting. I would rather have too much then not enough (just right would be best). My wife hates dim or not enough lighting. Floor and table lamps are always good, but not the same as overhead lighting. In our little barn…"
Jan 14
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Interior lighting, fan/light fixture or recessed lighting

The plan in the great room has a ceiling fan with a light fixture.  I'm not sure if this will be enough.  The great room is a prow with all the windows, ceiling peaks at about 35 ft.  There will be one very large truss (I'm told it's massive and gorgeous).  We plan on having a couple lamps next to the sofa.  The logs absorb light so I don't want to regret not having enough light.  Almost as bad as not having enough lighting is paying to install lighting we won't use.   The electrician already…See More
Jan 13
Scott Castle commented on Cynthia Gugg's blog post Suggestions needed for electrical plan
"Consider can lighting with water proof cover in the master shower and second bath. Also consider LED lighting or at least bulbs."
Jan 7
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Suggestions needed for electrical plan

I am FINALLY building our log home!  Very excited... the stacking should start next week (weather permitting) and I need to get my electrical…See More
Jan 7
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Oct 17, 2015
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"Nice photo showing the various colors... looks like you used Perma-Chink's Ultra 7.  This was posted some time ago... how are you liking the product?  We are trying to decide between Sascho's Transformation and Perma-Chink's…"
Sep 7, 2015
Cynthia Gugg left a comment for Michael Swabb
"Congratulations on the start of your journey!  Love your design ideas, especially the kitchen and outdoor fire pit area.  We started our journey a few years ago and ran into so many bumps along the way, but getting close to breaking ground…"
Aug 14, 2015
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Overbuilding - anyone else?
"Just thought I'd follow up for anyone doing a search on appraisals, etc.  We were able to get our bid down a bit and come up with more cash (ouch), so moving forward at this point.  One of things that threw us initially was reading…"
Jul 28, 2015
Cynthia Gugg replied to Kim Dispensa's discussion Favorite Log home Kitchens
"Funny, I love this picture and gave it to our architect when designing our log home!  Of course mine will be smaller scale, but same layout with a see-through fireplace,, etc."
Jul 26, 2015
Cynthia Gugg replied to Cynthia Gugg's discussion Overbuilding - anyone else?
"Hi Thomas, I agree with your classic car analogy - it's not for everyone but it's worth the extra time and expense to have something so special.  As for the bank, they are regulated and can only loan 80% (90% with PMI) of the…"
Jul 7, 2015

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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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Suggestions needed for electrical plan

I am FINALLY building our log home!  Very excited... the stacking should start next week (weather permitting) and I…

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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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