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I own some land in northern Mn and am starting to plan for my log home. Starting to gather pics, plans, etc...Gotta be a handcrafted...gotta have a loft...gotta have a stone fireplace...I hope that solar power comes a bit further along because I am not on the grid. Wind, solar, and geothermal...we'll have to wait and see. Might just be candles and a fire? And that's OK too...
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
not yet....5 years from now...

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I'm starting to plan my dream. Handcrafted, somewhere around 1800 sq ft. My property is off grid. I want to be as green as I can. I'm in northern Mn. My hope is geothermal and radiant floor heat, but I'm told that a solar/wind/battery system isn't enough to run the geothermal. There's gotta be a combo out there that will work. Perhaps adding an LP generator? I'm also looking into an outdoor wood boiler for the in floor heat? Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts? Thanks,

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 8:46am — 9 Comments

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At 12:37pm on December 29, 2009, Jacen James said…
We started stacking logs on the foundation Feb. Of 08, and moved in dec. Of 08. So we have been in for a year. We are very happy with every thing. The grooves and notches are air tight!
At 11:39am on December 29, 2009, Greg Solberg said…
Hi Jacen,
How old is your Illinois home? Have you had to caulk/chink? Did you look at any others besides Brooks? I've had a few emails with Brooks, at some point I'm going up there to meet him, see his home, hopefully some log homes he's built, etc. I'll check out your website. Thanks, Greg
At 11:27am on December 29, 2009, Jacen James said…
My place in Ely is not Minde built. I built our place in Ely, or I should say I'm building. Its a work in progress. My home in Il. Is built by Brooks. You should go and see Brooks' home. It's in Duluth. It is a timber(log) frame, but it is very nice. I have some pictures of the inside of my home on my web site ,the kit. I will take some pictures of the outside and post them. Jacen
At 11:27am on December 22, 2009, Greg Solberg said…
Hi Jacen,
I did get your comment that asked who the guy is that wants to see your home. It must have gotten cut off somehow. So, did Minde build your Ely cabin as well? Did you look at any other handcrafted builders from Mn? Yeah, 5 hours may be a bit much, I was thinking your cabin is right in the area, and I'm up there all the time, so that would work great. My email address is if you want to use that. Thanks, Greg
At 11:11am on December 22, 2009, Jacen James said…
I don't know if you got my first e mail, but I was sayin Brooks' craftmanship is top of the line, and he was an awesome person to work with. He also made things a lot simplier for all of my subs. Not to mention, I love the huge logs he uses! I would reccomend him to anyone wanting to build a truely handcrafted log home. You would be more than welcome to see my home, but it is about 5 hours from cities, in north central Il. Let me know.
Jacen James
At 10:22am on December 22, 2009, Jacen James said…
where does the guy live that would like to visit our home? I do use my home some times as a showroom for my woodwork.
Thank you
Jacen James
At 11:59pm on November 3, 2009, Jerry Mowdy said…
I am also going to build a handcrafted log home on my Great Grandfathers land, in Oklahoma, that is far off the grid. I have researched many solar and wind generators but I have not found any that will power a home. The wind power companies I have looked at is Mirar Power, in Michigan and Windterra out of Canada, but they do not have a generator large enough. They are working on a larger model but as of now no info on either.
I attended a Builder Show last week and talked to the first wind generator rep that made any since. He told me to figure out how many electrical watts that I though the cabin would use on a monthly basis, try to reduce the electrical draw by using energy star appliances and low wattage bulbs, then work back to see what size of solar and wind generator I would need. So that is what I am doing now and waiting for the larger output wind generators to come out. When I learn anything new I will update you and if you would do the same, I would appreciate it.

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