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January 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Why pay the exterminator when you can Sodium Borate pressure treat your log walls to prevent infestation.



I’ve had several log homeowners tell me how expensive it is to have an exterminator enclose their log home in a tent because bugs have eaten their way into the log walls. Doesn’t it make since to pressure treat your entire log wall to keep the pests out in the beginning. Appalachian Log Structures specializes in Borate pressure treating the log walls to prevent termite or any other wood digesting infestation. What is Borate you say-salt that is… Continue

Added by Scott Ridder on January 29, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

SELECTING A SITE FOR YOUR LOG OR TIMBER FRAME HOME

Blog written by Wisconsin Log Homes





Most everyone has an image of the setting they want for their dream home. Before you start searching, it’s important to consider the impact that site selection can have on your budget and home design. Making the right choice takes planning, research and answers to a lot of questions.



The Site

When building a new… Continue

Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on January 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Log Furniture and rustic decor items

Hi

Well we build rustic and log furnitrue.

We would like to get as much input and supply you with any information you might need on picking out and maintaing the furniture.



We will build any item you made need to your spec, We find building for the customer much more interesting them just creating standard sizes and shapes.



We will build with many different selections of wood, ranging fro Walnuts to cedar, We have pines, maples, oaks and also redwood slabs… Continue

Added by Doug on January 25, 2010 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Problems with Wasps

I would appreciate any info. anyone has on a similar problem. Every winter when we visit our log home in the mtns of NC we find wasps,(lots of them) alive and dead in the house. We have regular service from Terminix and they spray the logs outside and treat inside as well. we have searched for gaps between logs and any other openings to no avail. We even put a screen cover on the furnace outtake thinking maybe they nested in the ductwork somehow. Terminix guy says he sees this most commonly in… Continue

Added by Wendy Klemann on January 23, 2010 at 10:11am — 7 Comments

LogHomeU Posting Etiquette 101

As I've mentioned in previous blog entries, this network continues to be a valuable learning tool for me, both as an editor and as an individual. I love to visit to see pictures of new builds, what products are piquing people's interest and all the friendly advice exchanged in general among members. That's what this site was created for: the education and enjoyment about all things log from those who've been there (and those who want to be).



That being said, some of the comment and… Continue

Added by Whitney Richardson on January 22, 2010 at 6:33pm — 7 Comments

Building with reclaimed lumber? Church..then Barn...then my home!

Hello!

Im glad I found this site, as its the first baby-step to my goal of building my dream log home. I grew up with my dad, grandpa & uncles all building so have a grasp of the big picture. I want to learn as much as I can about the process of everything --- now that its 'all about me' ! :)



I have this idea in my head, and hope to get some direction/advice from all you experienced folks! My dads barn was constructed in the early 20's...using lumber from a neighboring… Continue

Added by Brenda Scott on January 20, 2010 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

getting restarted !

Hi All ! Had a bad year last year and ended up having to put off building my 8 sided log hogan style cabin until this Spring,but all is a GO NOW !

Added by Kathie Wood on January 20, 2010 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Late Summer update.

I finally got the eletricity all hooked up and the road pretty much done. It was a pricy summer,and muddy as hell but one step closer. Jusdt rained and rained....
One step closer I guess

Just posted the pics.
http://www.loghomeu.com/photo/albums/summer-2009

Added by NEKVT on January 17, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Interesting company

Been talking to a company who offers free shipping and free plan customization... even from scratch!
Long drive tomorrow, 4 hours one way.

Going to Moosehead Cedar Log Homes for a visit!!
http://www.mclh.net/

Added by NEKVT on January 15, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

selling a log home

What do you guys know about resale on log homes in the Oklahoma City market? The home includes an incredible Bathroom Fan, upgrades to the floors, and an incredible stone fireplace. Does anyone know how to price out a house like this? There are so few comparable homes in this area, thanks for any information that you can give.… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on January 14, 2010 at 10:53pm — 3 Comments

WHAT IS BEST...OIL BASE OR LATEX STAINS ?

Can someone help me with the age old question...Oil or Latex stain for our log home? I purchased in 2006 a 2 story Shawnee log home. The house is 20 yrs old andhas been stained about 5 yrs ago. The problem is the stain has all but disappeared. The logs are in fine shape and so is the chinking. I would like to know can i apply my stain over the existing condition of the logs and is an oil base better than latex? I live in a mountain area of Virginia and I have alot of sun and high winds. I seem… Continue

Added by Terry L Miller on January 13, 2010 at 8:13pm — 4 Comments

DESIGNING THE PERFECT FLOOR PLAN FOR YOU: Helpful Tips from Wisconsin Log Homes

Choosing a floor plan that’s right for your family can often be overwhelming once you decide to build a new home. But with careful planning and help from an experienced custom design team, your new home will be functional and comfortable for years to come.



Here are a few tips and guidelines for planning your custom home:



1.) Know your site.

The best homes are a synergy of the site. The topography, seasonal path of the… Continue

Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on January 12, 2010 at 3:08pm — No Comments

How many log homes are there in the US? Just for fun!

Out of 90,000,000 est. total homes, I found 45,000 log homes addresses. But the number must be 10 times greater. Any thoughts?

Added by Matt Riner on January 8, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Live in Style… Outside!

Wisconsin Log Homes' in-house building division recently completed this impressive outdoor log pavilion, highlighted with a stone fireplace, sound system and ambient lighting. An adjacent sheltered bar area boasts a durable raised granite surface, outdoor grill, ice chest and refrigerator - every amenity desired for outstanding open-air entertaining!…







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Added by Wisconsin Log Homes, Inc. on January 6, 2010 at 12:44pm — No Comments

amerlink???glad i didnt move my family down there for that job!!

my amerlink story!in a attempt to broadin my horizons?i flew to rocky mount,a working interview.toured the whole facility.worked with the resident "logdog"[this is back when amerlink was first starting their "in the woods" division]i made my first scribe on a huge log for a carport.scribed my side of the log they[the resident dog and helper]scribed their side of the log.we chainsawed out the excess!and then placed the log!my side was perfect!!![i was proud of that one lol]they had to whip… Continue

Added by logdog on January 5, 2010 at 10:52pm — No Comments

If its not a full round natural log ?dont call it a log???

Companys should not be able to claim that there "POSTS" milled into a tounge and groove extra thick boards????are logs!!!!hello people??? A log home means the bark has been removed and the whole tree in all its natural glory is used to build the home !!!!anything else is "A WOOD HOME" "A POST HOME" "A TIMBER HOME" "A BOARD HOME" heck most all houses in the world have wood MILLED FROM LOGS in them?are they all log homes?? I do real fullscribe logwork/and stonemason work beyond your wildest… Continue

Added by logdog on January 5, 2010 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Where to begin

Well I have been fortunate enough to have spent most of my childhood growing up in a log home, at 18 I joined the Army and away I went. The I eventually became an "us", and the us became a family. Now 13 years later, 2 children (11yrs and 7yrs) and 2 English bullies (5yrs and 2yrs) I'm ready to get "back to my roots" so to speak.

My biggest problem is that my husband thinks that I've got "champagne taste on a beer salary", then comes my complete lack of patience. But one thing I do have is… Continue

Added by Kim Thomas on January 3, 2010 at 12:49am — 1 Comment

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