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Rick Taron
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  • Everson, WA
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Taron Dec 29, 2011.

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Taron Aug 14, 2009.

 

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Tell us about yourself:
I am Husband to Joyce 26 years, and father to Philip, Laura, Sarah, Michael, Kayla, Debra, Rebecca, Lydia and Seth. Don't ask me all of their ages :) Basically they are 24 to 11. Laura and Sarah are twins. The twins are both married to fine Christian gentlemen and so far we have been given two grand kids.

I was raised in California, and I graduated from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. I have a great love for conservation and that led me to the degree in natural resources management. After college however, while interviewing for jobs within my major I started remodeling homes. I fell in love with the challenge and rewards of building and never looked back. I became a master carpenter which in those days was the guy who did it all. From building forms for pouring concrete to nailing the last piece of trim.

When I saw my first hand crafted log home in 1980 built by True Log Homes in Everson Wa. , I was smitten, I was in love again. There is nothing like it for rustic beauty and craftsmanship. I had to learn that craft! I had stacked and finished many milled log homes by then but this was in a class apart.

So, making a long story short, I notched and stacked walls for 18 years. Complicated roof systems and stairs and railing were my specialty. In 1994 I starting putting away my chainsaw and hammer with a desire to produce quality drawings for the log home industry. The plans almost always did not work in the real world. The architects clearly did not understand this new industry. I went back to school for drafting and computer skills and began my second career, a building design professional, specializing in log and timber residences. And I am in love again.... my wife doesn't mind though. :)
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Yes, I designed and built my own home which contains log amenities.
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
Within 12 months
Website:
http://logdesign.com

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How to put up a profile picture.

Hi everybody! I would like to encourage those who haven't yet, to put up a picture that they like for their profile picture. It's not hard at all. I doesn't have to be a picture of you. Here is what you do:



1. click on "MY Page" . the third tab from the left.

2. on the left hand column, you will see "change My Photo" Click on "My Photo"

3. Now you are at the page where you can change lots of stuff. Click on the camera next to the words Profile Picture , just… Continue

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 9:58pm

A new feature for presenting my Log Designs..

I have never liked the computer generated Photo realistic presentations of prospective projects. In my opinion, they should still have the feel of creative possibility, not the polished unchangeable /settled look. Here is what I have come up with, what do you think?

Posted on April 6, 2009 at 12:00pm — 16 Comments

Standard Design Tool for my clients

I posted earlier about a new tool which is not available yet, but I thought you might like to see what my standard visual aid is for my clients. I compress an executable file of the current model and email it to my client with a pdf of the plan and a list of changes that have been made.

Click here to download the 4MB. file. Here is a screen shot of the orthographic view.

you get this… Continue

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

New design tool for my clients.

Hi, everyone! I have been playing with this cool design tool that is coming soon for my clients use. These are screen shots of what I am looking at as I virtually walk through the house. The new part is the cool shadows that are generated from each object. It makes the interior look more realistic for determining size of rooms etc. You can also hit the F8 key and you will jump into an orthographic view where… Continue

Posted on December 20, 2008 at 3:50pm — 8 Comments

What's on the drawing board today?

Today I am reworking the position and attachment of the garage for this nice lake side cabin.

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Today, I'm working on remodeling an old plan for my clients who are… Continue

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 1:25pm on December 13, 2012, Thomas A. Gaskell said…

Thank you for the welcome. I have been here for some time listed under another log home company that went out of business. The new company - Katahdin Cedar Log Homes was a great find for us and we are happy to be dealers for them.

At 1:00pm on December 13, 2012, Beth Morgan said…

Thanks, Rick. It's good to be here. :)

At 12:54pm on December 13, 2012, Tina Horak said…
Thank you!
At 2:29am on September 17, 2010, stenyaev dmitry said…
Thank you, Rick.I assumed this option.posts will be from round logs.I'll use a cross notch on mortgage crown(sil log round).It will be more beautiful.
At 1:20am on September 16, 2010, stenyaev dmitry said…
Good day, Rick.
maybe soon I will build a POst@ Beam Home.
I can not find examples of mounting racks to base. have you any pictures (drawings) on this issue.
in short, I need the drawings of attachment post to the foundation.
it would be cool to have a full draft of a any home.
not the architecture, namely the design drawings.
Russia so far so no one should be (in terms of quality). Why do not I start?
hope to help.sorry for clumsy English.
Dmitry
At 6:29am on August 2, 2010, Bob Mack said…
Rick:
I have been impressed with your Knowledge of the loghome industry you are an asset for this site!
At 11:26pm on July 22, 2010, Sheri & Rick Armes said…
Thanks Rick, for the warm welcome. We look forward to exploring and learning all we can!!
At 10:05pm on September 22, 2009, Jim Orvis said…
I'm not sure on the wood. It was built in the 80s and I think that the problems were caused by moisture. Since I have owned it I have always sealed any cracks in the wood. I had one real bad one under a window. You could actually pull a lot of the wood out with your bare hands. I cut that one back to good wood and replace it with a 4 by 6 and put half round over it. That was a lot of work and the other problem that I have with cutting sections out is that the electric runs through some of them.
At 7:52pm on September 22, 2009, Lisa Whyte said…
We found this home for sale and made the big move. We put in alot of work to get it back to the state it is in new. Chinking, Sikkens, lots and lots of work.
At 7:21pm on September 22, 2009, Jim Orvis said…
I have a number of logs that are rotting from the inside out. I would like to treat them rather than replace them. I have drilled holes in them and put in wood stabilizer. I need to fill them with something and I don't like the prices of the special epoxy fillers.
 
 
 

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