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Thomas J Leavitt
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  • Burlington, Vermont
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Real close friends of ours build a log home 3 years ago and we fell in love with it. We are within 4 years of retirement (hopefully) and are planning to purchase some property and build a log home. We are always looking a magazines and floor plans. We have some figures and are working to meet the costs. Since we've joined the network we have since "almost" purchased some property in Jay, Vt. We are dealing with septic issues at this time but it looks good. First we plan to build a detached garage with a room over the top and live there while we build our perfect log home. The lot has a brook flowing and has potential for a small pond.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
Not at this time.


We have decided not to with a log sided garage but rather a board and batten siding, then we don't have to worry about a match other than the stain. We close on the property in Jay, Vt on Nov. 17, it's my wife's birthday. A great gift don't you think?

Update: 02/27/09

Property has been purchased, road is in, site is cleared, well has been drilled. Next step this spring, run power, do septic. Then save $$ for the garage. We have a brook on the property and will be spending some weekends this summer clearing around it, cutting firewood. It's been fun so far.

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We are on our way for out first step, our garage. We have what we think is a good price now all we have to do is save for a spring time build. We have 4 quotes from different log home suppliers that range from $80,000 - $120,000, now we have to take a close look at what their "complete" kit includes. We are having our garage builder take a look at our plans for the log home as he has build two log homes that were not from kits. Still looking at ways to cut some costs with the kitchen, flooring,… Continue

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:57pm — 8 Comments

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At 10:18pm on March 15, 2013, NEKVT said…

We had a lot of mis cut and mistake logs, It made the process very hard and slow. We nearly lost our home due to construction loan extensions timing out. I would seriously consider other vendors. If you feel adventurous and have a beam saw ...go for it. Otherwise I would look elsewhere. Good luck and god bless.

At 7:58pm on March 9, 2009, morgan said…
what company are you using for the log home
i,m looking at a plan from kuhns they have a rep in cazy ny
At 10:09am on November 2, 2008, NEKVT said…
Hi, did you guys get your water well in yet? if So who did that and would you deal with them again?

was it gosslin watter wells?

btw I forgot to mention we are in Holland vt.
At 10:04am on October 29, 2008, NEKVT said…
Well, in vermont we are not allowed to have a Presby system "in-ground" yet (Other states allow this). So maby some day it will allow you to not have a mound. However another vermont law states All systems with percolation rates of 61-120 minutes per inch must be designed as mounds. so it will still depend upon your perc rate unless they change that law or you have a higher perc rate than that.
At 9:28am on October 29, 2008, NEKVT said…
Hi Thomas, Sounds like you are doing just like us , a little at a time out of pocket. Smart that way. I am about half done clearing my lot and the driveway is coming along nicely. I have my septic all designed and I just became a certified Installer of Presby Enviro-Septic syatems in the state of vermont. If you end up putting one in and need an installer let me know.
At 9:06pm on June 12, 2008, Shelley Martinez said…
Thomas - we did the same thing you did in planning your log home - got our hands on every log home magazine and book that we could. I cut out articles and photos that I liked and put them into a binder for our future dream - it was the best reference book we could've made for ourselves. I still refer back to it. (We are probably 15+ years away from retirement - I'm envious you're only 4 years away!

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