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Apparently this Sunday, Oct 25th, at 8 pm, HGTV will have a one hour special on log homes. I don't know if this will be a repeat but Blue Ridge Modular Log Homes sent me an email announcing this.

Joe
Sarasota

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Comment by Joe on November 4, 2009 at 7:48pm
The following is a responce from Blue Ridge log homes concerning their log treatment and the rescheduled HGTV log home program (note this is a repeat program from a year ago). The program will be on Thanksgiving. I don't necessarily agree with their log treatment during the staining but it is not unusual.
Joe

Joe,

We air dry our logs for 12-16 months. Then they are kiln dried to get the moisture content down to 17-19 %.

There are no chemicals on our logs as we are a green builder. Borate is not necessary for log treatment.

Once our homes are finished the stain is applied and it consist of stain, insect control and water preservative.



Let me know if you have any other concerns or questions.



Thanks,

Harold Farmer

Direct: (864) 457-7609

Cell: (864) 978-0756

Fax: (864) 457-4905 ( 9 1/2 years experience with BRLC )

hfarmer@blueridgelogcabins.com
Comment by Joe on October 25, 2009 at 8:10pm
Sorry gang,
When I checked the schedule several days ago to set my recorder the show on Log homes was there. When I checked today, Sunday, they changed the program to something else and it definitely was not on.

Joe, Sarasota
Comment by Joe on October 24, 2009 at 10:46pm
Alan,
Their new web site, Blueridgelogcabins.com, is now a lot more detailed and has a fairly good video of them putting up one of their larger models from the precast foundation up. It's pretty facinating to watch. They now offer a 6 x 12 flat log (extra) versus the standard 6 x 8 D log. They say prices run from $90 to $160 a foot. When my project was more financially feasible I found their pricing and detail was straightforward. You have to supply foundation, log sealing, Heating/A/C unit, decks (they will quote on this), water, sewer and electrical to the house but the tapin points are all there. The garage would either have to be in the foundation or an extra which they don't supply. They indicate most dryin is done in one long day as demonstrated in their video. It is truely turn key but I don't know how this compares to on site builders. The limitations of course are the designs as very little modification can be done. There are also limitations on how far they can deliver but they are indicating they are going fairly far now with their own trucks. Financing might be more readably available according to their web site.

I would like to hear more from people who have perhaps visited the factory in SC. I have met with them at trade shows. (No, I'm not salesperson for them, just a frustrated potential log home owner.)

I will let you know about the show. It might be a repeat of what is already on their website from last year when HGTV covered them.

I have used google earth to home in on their facility which is quite large now.

Joe, Sarasota
Comment by Glenn V on October 23, 2009 at 10:10pm
Thanks Joe I will watch it. "depending on football games / gotta love that previous channel button on the remote" I had seen one once before with the Modular home but if its the same I will enjoy seeing it again.

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