Some of you might be familiar with "Mountain Genius" crew from WV. They work with Winterwoods homes and disassemble and restore a ton of old historic hewn log homes. Great video. We love our front…Continue
"I made my own from acrylic elastomeric I got on huge clearance at the building supply store, dolomite, and sand.
I mixed 1 part sand to 2 parts dolomite, added a bit of water until crumbly. I then added some of the elastomeric (tinted to a…"
"Totally awesome, including the offset chimney!
The color variation on the brick work is well worth preserving!
Love the live edge boarding, hewn collar beams etc.
It is really to bad you can't do a built up roof and leave the entire roof…"
"Wow...nice logs, and great restoration project.
At first I thought maybe it was a lime paint (which dates back centuries), but the first pic looks different. Are the chips flexible or pliable, or does it powder a bit?
Although I think…"
"Chances are its just a white or lime wash. Lead paint is a more recent thing (unless they lathed and plastered during the early part of the 1900's over it). Paint was expensive anyway back then (1700's), so people with little…"
"I just use a 4 1/2" angle grinder. Its smaller, but a lot easier to use for extended periods (the heavier grinders are hard on fatigue after a time) then some of the heavier grinders. I bought a ryobi, for $39 at HD, came with a 2…"
"I would go with a more lime based historic daubing / chinking recipe if they are wide like that.
If there was no reinforcement behind the chinking, this is probably why you are losing sections of material.
Most of the traditional style daubers…"
"Clear coats can be a variety, from penetrating type sealers (similar to a thompsons water seal) to lightly pigmented surface coatings. Several of the vintage log home people apply these type coatings on their vintage logs. I don't…"
"I have been tempted to ask people what stain was used but have not.
One in particular was new construction, kit type home with real narrow overhangs. The bottom logs were starting to mold after about a year. The higher areas were…"
I live in Maine.
I flat hewed my little log home section, and used an aging formula which was tinted a bit to give the cedar logs an antique look. I also built porches around the logs which further protects them, and porches are just great…"
"Yes...I have thought of that too.
Also thought of bark shingles, but they are very pricey.
For more good ideas, check out some of the photos if this summer house designed by Dimitris Philippitzis. Beautiful stonework , design and…"
"Speaking of slate, people are starting to use reclaimed slate for siding up our way (it has always been a siding material), and lasts for decades as a siding with no maintenance. I have been seriously thinking about doing some of this on the higher…"
"I am not a mason, or professional, but what I did for my wainscot area was determine how high I wanted the stone to go, and made a drip edge that is about 2" and cedar shingled on top of this. Under the grip edge I just secured plywood and…"
"Thin stone is real stone,
Depending on where you are located, real stone veneer can be priced about the same or less as the higher quality cultured stone.
I prefer real stone.
I hand picked mine over the course of about 2 years (about 1" - 1…"
Hey Shanny, Long time no text. I tried to retrieve your post but, it said it was deleted. I can see by your page that you have been quite busy. Delmarva weather has finally gotten cold and we have dodged three major storms. Looks like folks are getting into building mode and life is good. Take care, Jim and Pam Harbin
Thanks for your comment. We've actually featured two of George's projects in the past year -- "Rustic Rambler" in Cozy Cabins 2010 and "How the West Was Done" in December 2010. The latter is currently featured on our web site, countrysbestcabins.com, if you'd like to take a look. We'll definitely keep an eye out, though, for possible projects in the future.