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  • Hockessin, DE
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My husband and I are just embarking on the adventure of building a log home in the mountains of PA. We have a lot. We have our home in DE for sale. We are on hold until we sell our house. So, we are researching and gathering information.
Are you lucky enough to be living in a log home?
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Change of Plans

My husband, Jack, and I have decided to buy a log home that is already available rather than build one ourselves. We are looking in two areas primarily. One is Gatlinburg and surrounds in TN and the other is on the outskirts or nearby town to Asheville, NC. We envision a home with a view of the Smokys, yet near enough to a good size town to find shopping, doctors, restaurants, etc. Do any of you live in either of these areas and have advice to offer?

Posted on September 23, 2009 at 6:28pm — 4 Comments

We've had a bit of a setback in our quest to build a log home in PA. Our home in Delaware did not sell and our contract with our realtor ran out. All the feedback has been positive - the house shows …

We've had a bit of a setback in our quest to build a log home in PA. Our home in Delaware did not sell and our contract with our realtor ran out. All the feedback has been positive - the house shows very well, the neighborhood and schools are great - but, no sale. I'm afraid its the current economic situation and there is nothing we can do about that. We will put the house back on the market in the Spring and keep our fingers crossed. Meanwhile, we are continuing to research the log home market… Continue

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 7:36pm — 3 Comments

We're new in the neighborhood.

Thanks to Ted and Joe who responded to my blog "what do they cost?" So far, we have purchased a lot in a community called Eagle Rock Resort. If any of you are interested, they have a web site. The property is in the Blue Mountains of PA. We have met with a contractor who impressed us with his sincerity. However, he does log facing only, not a complete log home. This might be fine, but he deals with a lumber company which only sells pine logs and we would prefer cedar. As I stated in my previous… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 7:26pm — 9 Comments

What do they cost?

Hi and Happy New Year,



My husband, Jack, and I are just starting on the road to owning a log home. At least, that is our dream. We have a lot in the mountains in Pennsylvania. We have sent for and received pricing quotes on log home "packages." However, before we meet with a contractor and get the rest of the story, we would love to hear from a few homeowners who have been through the process. What is the approximate finished cost (not including the lot) of an 1800 sq. ft. home? It… Continue

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 9:12pm — 18 Comments

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At 9:00pm on January 19, 2009, Paddie & Andy Ferraro said…
Thanks Pat...interesting you should mention being on limited budget and fixed income....we have some friends who we met in the process of building who were planning on building their log dream on a lakefront lot not far from us. Like you, they had just retired and only had a certain amount they were able to spend on the building...once we tallied up all the bills and saw our final figure we passed it along to them and they immediately backed out of the deal. They had gone as far as buying the log package and it was being assembled at the builder's lot. But they knew they couldn't get into more than they had budgetted. We felt bad but they reassured us we had done them a favour by sharing our costs with them...they are now building a Home Package that's 1/2 the cost. They were disappointed as this had been their dream for a long time but so appreciative they didn't get in over their heads...the problem with living in such a rural area is you have limited contractors from which to choose...they know they're the only game in town and price their services accordingly. We ended up going to the US for our appliances, our taps, toilets, vanities because of prices (at that time our $$$ was par)...and that provided a good chunk of savings...but, now that we're here of course we do love it and will be sad to say goodbye...please keep us up to date on your building and if we can provide any advice or support, we'll gladly do so...we only wish we had found this site before we started to get a better idea of what we were about to do! Take care.
At 1:03pm on January 14, 2009, Rainbow Eyes said…
I think you sholud look for a company the specializes in dry ins, and let you builder complete the project from there.
At 11:10pm on January 6, 2009, Ted said…
Sorry about misreading the square footage. I looked at Joe's numbers and thought they were yours. You might want to read some of my other thoughts ... for whatever they are worth.

Ted
 
 
 

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