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Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
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Hello!I am looking at purchasing a 3300sq ft log home in NC and noticed a portion of the rear wall of the house is bowing where they installed a bay window. The house is listed for about 80k less…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Wood Apr 1.

 

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Chris Wood replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"Small world.  I have an experienced Log crew I've worked with for 20 years based in Hurdle Mills.  Travels the country for me doing shells and is also a general contractor.  This isn't one of our homes, but diagnosing and…"
Apr 1
Scott Horner replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"I guess I should have said "how can I tell" but either way you answered the question. So simple put, just because a wall is bowing it doesn't necessarily mean it needs repaired etc? The foundation of the house is block and shows no…"
Apr 1
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"I can tell it's nothing major because of your 1" measurement. I can tell it's not structural because the home is standing. I would recommend focusing on the cost of wood preparation, staining, and chinking which does appear to be…"
Apr 1
Scott Horner replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"Thanks Thomas. How can you tell if this is something simple compared to something serious that would cause structural issues? It seems to be since the wall is bowing by the bay window, that area would need to be reinforced - is that right?"
Apr 1
Scott Horner replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"The bowing isn't really all that noticeable unless you look at the kitchen cabinet on the inside. The logs aren't rotted, soft etc - they look like new. I am wondering if they built this while the logs were wet and when it dried this was…"
Apr 1
Chris Wood replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"How about a closer photo of the window and logs in question?  Tough to determine from this one angle.  Where in NC is the home?"
Apr 1
Colorado Log Home Finishing replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"The home looks nice in the photo, although I can't see any bowing. 1" doesn't sound abnormal for settling of a log home. I'd say make an offer! At worst pound in a few shims to lift that bowing and chink over that and forget…"
Apr 1
CharisB replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"I've seen bowing in logs under windows before. There have been a number of reasons, some pretty bad (severely rotted logs that needed to be replaced....thousands of $$$!), another was just bad log siding under a heavy window. Also needed…"
Apr 1
Scott Horner replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"Thanks, Charis! I have already called a few companies in the NC area that specialize in this sort of thing, but figured I would see if anyone else has had any experience with it while I'm waiting. It doesn't look like it effected the roof…"
Apr 1
CharisB replied to Scott Horner's discussion Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase
"I'd have a log home restoration pro take a look at it before you buy. A typical home inspector is not familiar with the special needs of log homes. The bowing may be fixable, but how much it will cost is what you'll want to know.…"
Apr 1
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Issue with Potential Log Home Purchase

Hello!I am looking at purchasing a 3300sq ft log home in NC and noticed a portion of the rear wall of the house is bowing where they installed a bay window. The house is listed for about 80k less than appraisal but will the bow in the wall get worse, should it be fixed, any idea how much to fix something like that? Wondering if I should make an offer, or just walk away from it.Thanks!ScottSee More
Apr 1

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