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soy based timber stain/preservative

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Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"Hire a designer not associated with a lov home company to thinkmoutside the box."
Mar 29
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"welcome, love the cabin, really down-home lookin'. what's the problem? best, howard p mock"
Oct 20, 2011
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"as a designer, i would recommend you figure out the plans you want first. then look at stock builder plans, in that order. it is much harder, in my opinion, to alter your wishes to fit an existing plan; rather than alter the plans to fit your…"
Aug 21, 2011
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"congratulations and good luck!"
Aug 21, 2011
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"welcome katherine, i am a barn and cabin designer here in chicago. i think if you comb the site you will find many good ideas, some maybe on what you are looking for. again, happy hunting. best, howard p mock  "
May 21, 2011
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"let er rip!"
Jun 7, 2010
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"dennis. i like that you were pulled in by my talks with tammy t. as far as i know she hasn't yet done anything, she had some rough times with her elderly parents. just ask away and i will try and stay up with you. and small does not mean you…"
Jun 7, 2010
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"good luck dennis! i am in chicago so not too far away from your site."
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May 3, 2010
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"noah, nice stuff. if i have any folks out your way who are interested i will certainly have them contact you. keep the tradition going! howard"
Apr 24, 2010
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Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"great! i'll try to field any remarks or questions you might have."
Mar 5, 2010
Howard mock replied to Neighborhood Host's discussion Introduce Yourself!
"michael, i am a builder and designer of log homes and cabins, among other things. try this: 1. go to a used book store and look for older books on building log homes. preferably these are not picture books but books with drawings in them of how to…"
Mar 5, 2010

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DESIGNER, BUILDER, ADMIRER OF LOG HOMES AND TIMBER STRUCTURES.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
NOT AT THE MOMENT
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
24+ months

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soy based timber stain/preservative

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At 11:04pm on June 28, 2009, Joseph Trent said…
Hi Howard thanks for the comment. yes the wood used in timber frame and log homes do look like pelled log furniture, alot like my furniture. However that is where the differences begin. Hickory is kiln dried with the bark on. It is also the hardest wood species in north america and has been used for furniutre making since the pioneer days.Only a few makers have been able to stay in business for more than a couple of years.I have been building hickory furniture now for over fiftteen years.
At 1:14am on April 13, 2009, Howard mock said…
hey greg,
yes. happy belated easter holiday if that is your thing. the barn is for a client and is coming to a close finally.
i have a number of comments about your plans, but don't really get the differences
between the two. i think you need to put the mud room near the entrance so you can get your muddy boots off, and the entry should have a vestibule. ne missouri is warm i know but not that warm.
i have a design for a plan similar to yours but there is a bedroom at either end with a catwalk between them down the middle, sort of a double loft.
i think the lookout tower/cupola would need quite a bit of thought - maybe at one end with the other end a fireplace.
talk to you soon.
best,
howard
At 1:11am on April 13, 2009, Greg Beck said…
I want to redo my plane jane fascia's with some stepped fascia's, I can't figure out how people decide where to make the step at, seems to vary alot , I like the step more towards the middle, not kwite, spell check would be handy, the widder the better for me, seems to be no rules on where to make it step. G. Beck
At 1:03am on April 13, 2009, Greg Beck said…
I forgot to ask u, did u see my forum, Lookout towers and usable cupola's, I am looking for examples of such rooms on the ridgeline but have only seen a few in the log home living mags, Greg
At 12:58am on April 13, 2009, Greg Beck said…
Hey Howard, doin some late nite bloggin ? Is that your house in the pic or one you did for a client ?
At 10:19pm on April 7, 2009, Greg Beck said…
Hi Howard
I added 3-4 new pics of floor plans, dormers I like, deck & house dementions on my profile, As far as eve height, 22' above deck, ridgline is 44' long, that includes both gable overhang's of 2' each, may go back and add stepped fascia's wich would enlarge the ridgeline by 2'. Your welcome to stop by anytime to see the place, I'll make it a point to be around. Thanks Greg
At 8:29pm on April 7, 2009, Greg Beck said…
I think the lookout tower can look good if kept low and tastefully done, Ive seeen them on other log homes, most I see on buildings are a perfect square, mine would be longer than it is wide, after removing several truss caps, I am trying to find someone to do a frebbie on a 3D program so I can see what that would look like, I may axe it if it doesn't look right, I'm still at a point were I could open the roof back up and crane in the necessary trusses, just trying to add some uniqueness to the place. I go there every 1or 2 weeks to biuld/crappie fish all summer. I need to hire a designer, but dont think I can afford it as the cabin eats my money and the economy has tanked, I'm a self employed contractor here, scraping to survive. Thanks for the reply. Greg Beck
At 12:34am on April 7, 2009, Greg Beck said…
Hi Howard
Greg Beck In MO. here. I suspected wood was not so good at repelling water, Do you think a dark colored metal , green or brown would keep my hybrid cooler than the same color in asphalt, the neighbor has white metal but thats not a good color option for me, that is an awesome picture you have on your profile, I am building a weekend place in northern MO. by mark twain lake, I'm a big fan of the early american/settler look, those three coupala's look really neat, I've been considering going back and adding a useable coupala on top of the ridgeline, sort of a loft to the loft, with two " A" shape dormers on each side of the main roof, were having a full wraparound covered porch, it kindof a out of pocket winging it build, I could probably use all the advise you could give me on the design end, nothing is impossible at this point. Thanks Greg
 
 
 

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