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Real cost roof systems
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I've been planning a log home for quite a while and things are finally starting to get off the ground now. We're meeting with Real Log Homes this afternoon to go over the plans and for the most part…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Red and Donna Feb 16, 2012.

 

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James W. Harbin left a comment for Mike Leslie
"Hey Mike, Check out Weatherguard For a one coat application in oil. Nice looking pictures. I have used it for over 25 years and they just keep improving. Good Luck, Jim Harbin Back To Nature Dealer/Builders for Katahdin Cedar Log Homes"
Apr 30, 2013
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New Home Stains

I'm preparing to stain my newly constructed log home for the first time and as everyone here knows there are WAY too many options! I'm looking for input on what stain to use and why. Thanks in advance!See More
Mar 19, 2013
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Mar 19, 2013
Mike Leslie commented on Mike Leslie's blog post Energy Codes
"Thanks everyone. I've gone through the required steps and found that with a reasonable HVAC system the house actually models very well. On top of the HERS rating an air leakage test for both the home and any duct work…"
May 22, 2012
Randy Esposito commented on Mike Leslie's blog post Energy Codes
"Mike, You have to hire a HERS rater in Mass. to give an overall HERS value to the home.  We are just finishing up a Moosehead Cedar Log home with 6 inch log that is being built in a stretch code town.  It passed the HERS rating so I…"
Apr 30, 2012
Scott Castle commented on Mike Leslie's blog post Energy Codes
"NC energy efficiency code now in effect. How are some of the changes Walls, R-13+2.5, or R-15, here are your options and associated considerations: Use R-19 batts in 2x6 walls Requires 2x6 studs instead of 2x4 Windows and exterior doors will…"
Apr 28, 2012
Raymond Wengerd commented on Mike Leslie's blog post Energy Codes
"In my state, in select counties,  it has been raised to an R-13 for walls, which is just a little more than an 8"pine log wall provides. You are right, it does throw a wrench in the tradition of log homes as we know them. Ray…"
Apr 27, 2012
James W. Harbin commented on Mike Leslie's blog post Energy Codes
"eHi Mike, Don't panic. The log home industry has been ahead of this issue for years. If you are working with a good company they can provide you everything you need to satisfy your lender and your local government. I know that a lot of lenders…"
Apr 27, 2012
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Energy Codes

After the last few years of planning we've finally gotten to the point of applying for a building permit. When I got to the building department tonight I learned that the town has adopted the "stretch code" which is apparently a much more stringent building code that, as far as I can tell, requires a minimum of an R-38 wall insulation. I'm not sure if this is confined to Massachusetts or if it has spread nationally but it appears to me as if the log home industry has a lot to lose from this. My…See More
Apr 25, 2012
Chris Wood commented on Mike Leslie's blog post Energy Codes
"I believe you are looking at the ceiling or roof r-value requirements, not the exterior walls. Once you select a log home company to draw and detail your plans, they'll help you with the energy code submittal. If you are wanting to buy raw…"
Apr 24, 2012
Mike Leslie posted a blog post

Energy Codes

After the last few years of planning we've finally gotten to the point of applying for a building permit. When I got to the building department tonight I learned that the town has adopted the "stretch code" which is apparently a much more stringent building code that, as far as I can tell, requires a minimum of an R-38 wall insulation. I'm not sure if this is confined to Massachusetts or if it has spread nationally but it appears to me as if the log home industry has a lot to lose from this. My…See More
Apr 23, 2012
James W. Harbin left a comment for Mike Leslie
"Hello Mike, I have 26 years experience in log homes as a builder and a dealer. When we started every manufacturer shipped random length packages. There were 5 steps to every log we laid. It took longer to get them under roof and weather was always a…"
Mar 24, 2012
Red and Donna replied to Mike Leslie's discussion Real cost roof systems
"When I build our log home next year, we are going build it with the heavy timber package for two reasons. First, it is something that we have always wanted and love the look. Second, this is going to be our last house we build and don't want to…"
Feb 16, 2012
James W. Harbin replied to Mike Leslie's discussion Real cost roof systems
"I have been building log homes for 25 years and have used many roof systems. The thermal mass of rigid foam can save you money and insulates better than fiberglass."
Feb 13, 2012
Chris Wood replied to Mike Leslie's discussion Real cost roof systems
"Mike, there is a reason for your apprehension. There is no way to "fake" it and come out the same, especially if you know the difference going in. Yes, there is a premium. But if you have cash, the difference is minuscule. Maybe the…"
Feb 12, 2012
Scott Castle replied to Mike Leslie's discussion Real cost roof systems
"I agree with Raymond. I choose just what he suggested. Traditional roof rafters with T & G interior ceiling. Collars ties beams. Looks great, practical & affordable.  Not sure exactly where your building location is but you need to make…"
Feb 12, 2012

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New Home Stains

I'm preparing to stain my newly constructed log home for the first time and as everyone here knows there are WAY too many options! I'm looking for input on what stain to use and why. Thanks in advance!

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Energy Codes

After the last few years of planning we've finally gotten to the point of applying for a building permit. When I got to the building department tonight I learned that the town has adopted the "stretch code" which is apparently a much more stringent building code that, as far as I can tell, requires a minimum of an R-38 wall insulation. I'm not sure if this is confined to Massachusetts or if it has spread nationally but it appears to me as if the log home industry has a lot to lose from this.…

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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:48pm — 6 Comments

Random length logs?

I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion on random length log kits. I've been focusing on pre-cut kits but I'm begining to wonder if the random length kits would be something I'd be interested in. I'll be assembling the home myself so I know that it will add to my work load but if there is a substantial savings it may be worth the extra work. Has anyone built a random length kit?  

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 2:12pm — 8 Comments

New England area log homes

I'm in the planning stages of building a log home. We have purchased land & have a floor plan that's constantly changing but so far they are minor changes but I think we're 90% of the way there. I've looked at quite a few log home dealers but I'm getting a good vibe from Real Log Homes. I'm wondering if anyone has any input about suppliers in the area (good or bad) and any suggestions would be much appreciated. I plan to build as much of the house as possible on my own and would like… Continue

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

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At 1:06pm on April 30, 2013, James W. Harbin said…


Hey Mike, Check out Weatherguard For a one coat application in oil. Nice looking pictures. I have used it for over 25 years and they just keep improving. Good Luck, Jim Harbin Back To Nature Dealer/Builders for Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

At 11:44am on March 24, 2012, James W. Harbin said…

Hello Mike, I have 26 years experience in log homes as a builder and a dealer. When we started every manufacturer shipped random length packages. There were 5 steps to every log we laid. It took longer to get them under roof and weather was always a major factor and we had to do additional work to deal with water stains. The amount of waste was sinful and was sent to compensate for mistakes and changes. When self building you need the advantages of pre-cut,pre-drilled,and coded systems designed to save labor and natural resources. Good manufacturers provide technical assistance and detailed instructions plus inverted stacking to avoid log hunting. We log home lovers want to build our homes and get that satisfaction that comes with it. Do that but, give yourself every advantage in the process. Have fun with it!  Jim and Pam Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

At 7:47pm on November 7, 2010, Randy Esposito said…
Hi Mike,

Are you going to the log home show in Springfield (Nov 19-21). If so, stop by the Moosehead Cedar Log Home booth.. I'll be there for the whole show.

Randy
At 7:50am on October 21, 2010, Randy Esposito said…
Hi Mike,

Just wanted to make sure you got my email on Monday with the price sheet. Sometimes my emails go into spam boxes so I just wanted to make sure.

Randy
 
 
 

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