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reclaimed wood
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I'm planning the building of my future log home and I would like to build it by reclaimed square logs. Moreover, I would like to use reclaimed wood for interior decors, for instance for the floor…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Weigel Jun 26, 2013.

Heating or geothermal system?
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Hello guys,I am designing my future log home and I haven't decided what heating system to use yet: either radiant or a clean energy system such as geothermal. Did anybody install one of these two…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alessandro Garassino Feb 23, 2012.

Log Home Company
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Although I live in Italy, my wife and I have decided to move in the US. So we have visited the last year the Long Branch Lakes (Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennessee) where we have bought our…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Bugaieski Apr 20, 2012.


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Tell us about yourself:
Hello guys,
I live in Italy but my future dream is to come to live in the States. In fact, to realise this dream, my wife and I have bought recently in Long Branch Lakes (Spencer, Tennessee) some acres in order to build our log home. For this, we need some preciuos suggestions from your community.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
I hope soon to realise my dream
What timeframe are you looking to start your dream home?
12-24 months

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At 2:33pm on February 13, 2012, James W. Harbin said…

Welcome to America! Go to Katahdin Cedar Log and learn about all the advantages of Cedar Log construction. Do not let anyone tell you that cedar is more expensive until you talk to us.

At 10:25am on February 12, 2012, Chris Wood said…

Please go to my website and look at the photos of the type of homes we build.  Large hand-crafted is one of several log profiles we offer.  The turnkey cost of our homes in Spencer, TN will range from $175/sf to $250/sf, with the hand-crafted (large round full scribe), coming in on the higher end.  

our construction company site is

Our 6x12 Traditional square hewn with chinking can be done in the $175/sf to $200/sf depending on finish details and roof complexity.

Standing dead timber works in the western US with arid dry climate zones, where insects and decay don't set in too quickly.  When a tree dies in the eastern US, it rots, becomes food for insects and falls over quickly.  The wood is unacceptable to use.  So, if you want to ship western standing dead to the site in TN, okay. But it will be cheaper and better to cut 40 foot fresh timber, vacuum-kiln dry, maybe pressure treat and use regionally available large timber.  

When in Rome.......

At 2:08pm on February 11, 2012, Chris Wood said…
Any thing worth doing, is worth doing correctly. You can build a solid log or a "fake" with wood siding and have the same maintenance issues. The design and detail as it pertains to the job site is critical. In your area of TN, the weather comes from the south and west. So large overhangs, porches, gutters and special glass is needed. Once we meet you on site, we can better discuss the details.

I am biased to the style of log home we build. Square, dovetailed and chinked. We used long timber (40 feet), we vacuum kiln dry and will pressure treat with borates if needed. Our chink space is insulated and our walls are extremely tight. Our crews travel and build the shells anywhere and we've been doing it for 41 years now. We also have a money-back guarantee.

We cannot turnkey your home in Van Buren county. Too far. But we can help find a good finish builder if needed.

To make sure you have an airtight home, we would use a blower door test and thermal imaging camera before the home is completed. This will ensure the home meets code, which is 7 ach at 50 pascals, according to 2009 IECC code. If designed and built correctly, there shouldn't be any more leaking or issues in the future. After three years, the logs will have finished settling and shrinking and possibly another test will be warranted. You will know by the power consumption bills and comfort in your home.

One real issue with stud framed construction that is rarely discussed is "vapor drive". Moisture generated inside a home (showering, cooking, breathing, etc.), tries to escape thru least path of resistance. That means, thru small holes in the vapor barrier, such as nails, electrical outlets, light switches, etc. this vapor then gets trapped by the exterior sheathing (plywood) and log siding. After several years, potential for rot and repair takes place.

To avoid this, build with solid logs and make sure the heating and air conditioning design is engineered for a tight home. Also, wire the bathroom fans to switch on with the lights, and insulate and condition the crawl space under the home. In Europe, they've been managing and engineering around vapor drive for years. Not so much in rural TN.

Let us know if you want us to review and estimate the cost of your home. When are you flying in next?

At 8:09am on October 25, 2010, Dolly - Es Log Home Restorations said…
Welcome Alessandro to the neighborhood. Hopefully your dream will come true
and you will like it here in the states. Dolly

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