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Michael Boomgarden
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Selecting a Builder for a Timber Block Home
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After much searching and comparing our options, my wife and I have settled on a Timber Block home. We've paid the design fee and hope to start construction in the spring. The home's shell goes up…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Boomgarden Dec 21, 2011.

Observations from a Newbie . . . About a Self-Destructive Industry
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I thought I'd throw this out there for general discussion and, perhaps, to invoke a bit of introspection among builders. But, first a little bit about me, lest you think I'm a complete nut: I've just…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Log Guy May 12, 2011.

Recommendations for Builders in SW Wisconsin?
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I've been lurking here a while, and it's time to come out from the shadows.My wife and I have purchased a 19-acre parcel on a bluff overlooking the Wisconsin River, just outside Prairie du Chien, WI.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dee Mar 25, 2011.

 

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Michael Boomgarden replied to Ljh815's discussion Have land.... Will we choose a log home?
"I'm a newbie, so I can't speak to everyone's practices, but my personal experience was that sourcing some materials from the factory was cheaper.  One example that comes to mind was the car siding that we used for interior…"
Jun 19, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Ljh815's discussion Have land.... Will we choose a log home?
"I'd add just a couple thoughts to James' note, which seems right on target.  In the case of Timber Block, they also use a hybrid fulfillment/delivery system, probably dictated by the same concerns that motivate Katahdin to use this…"
Jun 19, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Ljh815's discussion Have land.... Will we choose a log home?
"You do have to look at the whole package, including what's part of the basic package and the cost of options. I'm sure this varies from company to company, but in the case of Timber Block, they source the more generic components locally.…"
Jun 18, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Ljh815's discussion Have land.... Will we choose a log home?
"Kathadin...another really great option. I think you probably are getting the idea. There are many companies that supply great components and a number of quality builders. The answer is "yes," you can find and build within your price range.…"
Jun 18, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Ljh815's discussion Have land.... Will we choose a log home?
"I'll try that photo upload of our place again!"
Jun 18, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Ljh815's discussion Have land.... Will we choose a log home?
"There are so many options. I've heard good things about Satterwhite and they have some beautiful designs. They would be a good choice in a traditional kit-built log home. First, I'd reiterate what others have said--if you find a design…"
Jun 18, 2013
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Open House - Timber Block Wisconsin at Timber Block Wisconsin

August 17, 2013 at 10am to August 18, 2013 at 5pm
Timber Block Wisconsin is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 17 & 18, 2003, showcasing Timber Block's R-30 log construction in a beautiful Dakota model.  This will truly be a community event, with our local high school running a food stand, and local artisans showcasing their artwork. We invite all who are interested in log homes to visit us on August 17th and 18th!See More
May 28, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Timber Block's discussion Building Codes, Energy Efficiency, and Green Building - Things to think about!
"James, I applaud your company's innovation and your fantastic homes.  I think most of us understand that everyone benefits from vigorous competition and working to offer new alternatives to home buyers.  As someone who was shopping…"
Feb 13, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Timber Block's discussion Building Codes, Energy Efficiency, and Green Building - Things to think about!
"Okay, I think understand your point regarding framing and caulking.  But, I think you still have some fundamental misconceptions regarding the product.  In that respect, it's a little hard to respond, except to say, that with the…"
Feb 9, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Timber Block's discussion Building Codes, Energy Efficiency, and Green Building - Things to think about!
"Chris, thanks for the compliments. I still don't think you understand the system. in fact, I'm about 100% sure you don't . . . particularly if you're referring to framing joints and caulking of the logs. I'm not sure what a…"
Feb 8, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Timber Block's discussion Building Codes, Energy Efficiency, and Green Building - Things to think about!
"Well, that's good, but you may not want to give up your day job just yet, Shanny. :D But, you've kind of hit the highlights, even if you are writing tongue-in-cheek.  Timber Block (and other companies that are raising the bar in…"
Feb 8, 2013
Michael Boomgarden replied to Timber Block's discussion Building Codes, Energy Efficiency, and Green Building - Things to think about!
"Chris, I'll leave it to the engineers at Timber Block to explain their engineering and testing, but they've now built over 400 homes.  I'll start by saying this:  The questions you raise suggest to me that you haven't…"
Feb 6, 2013
Michael Boomgarden commented on Penny Kiryk's event Timber Block Wall Raising
"We're just three days away from the wall-raising for our new Timber Block home.  If you're interested, Google 13040 Borah Ridge Rd., Prairie du Chien, WI 53821."
Jun 18, 2012
Michael Boomgarden replied to don sigler's discussion LOG HOME DREAM GONE BAD
"Well, it appears I'm speaking to an expert on this course of chemical remediation. Best of luck with your continued sobriety; I know it's a challenge. As far as the rest of it goes, I can't provide much meaningful advice, except to…"
Jun 6, 2012
Michael Boomgarden replied to don sigler's discussion LOG HOME DREAM GONE BAD
"Don, there's a chemical that will solve all these problems.  It's found in Scotch whisky.  Here's how you do it: Pour yourself a wee dram.  Swish it around in the glass a bit, examining the color and sheen.  Take a…"
Jun 6, 2012
Michael Boomgarden replied to Colleen ONeill's discussion Turn Key Estimates vs. Actual Completed Price? HELP! :)
"Rachelle and Peter-- Nice post.  As a consumer, I've posted here previously about the problem within the industry of bad-mouthing one another's products.  I'd be about a million times more likely to work with a company that…"
Jun 6, 2012

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Tell us about yourself:
We built a Timber Block home in southwest Wisconsin and subsequently accepted Timber Block's invitation to become a dealer.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Yes! We love it!
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
N/A
Website:
http://www.timberblockwisconsin.com/

Michael Boomgarden's Blog

Our Log Home Journey

I've hung around here for some time and I'm truly thankful for the many diverse viewpoints that are expressed here.  You all were a great help to my wife and me as we journeyed down the road of selecting and building a log home.  Ultimately, we decided to work with Timber Block, and we're extremely happy with the end product. 

I wrote a small piece about our experiences.  If you'd be interested in reading it, navigate to…

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Posted on February 6, 2013 at 1:21pm

Our Timber Block Wall-Raising is in 15 Days

I didn't think we'd ever get to this point, but the wall-raising of our Timber Block home is just 15 days away, on June 21st.  While I say "I didn't think we'd ever get to this point," in truth we've moved relatively quickly.



Last year we purchased 19 acres of land on top of a bluff in Wisconsin's Driftless Area, a region of tall bluffs and deep river valleys in the southwest part of the State.  We're nearly at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. 

The…

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Posted on June 6, 2012 at 9:41am

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At 8:35pm on March 7, 2011, Scott Rose said…

Michael,

 

Feel free to send me an email if you wish.

 

We built a log home about 5 years ago near that area. Currently for sale to relocate, however I would give you a builders name and you are welcome to come see his work!

At 1:02pm on March 4, 2011, Dolly - Es Log Home Restorations said…

Hi Mike and welcome to the neighborhood. Sounds like a

beautiful place to build a log home. Dolly

 
 
 

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