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Kiln Dried vs. Pressure Treated (?)

We are looking into a couple of companies for a log home in WV. I'm hoping to get some experienced input from folks that have purchased kiln dried and pressure treated homes. The dealer for kiln dried homes is closer to us but with such a large investment I am wondering if we would be better off dealing with the company that provides a 25 year warranty on their pressure treated logs.

We also need to find a list of log home builders :-/

Decisions, decisions!

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Comment by Lori Seaboldt on December 3, 2012 at 6:30pm

You can contact Patrick Schutt at He kiln dries Oak Logs for log home kits. Oak Is a great option for a log home..Most people believe the best option.  Good luck!

Comment by James W. Harbin on April 6, 2012 at 3:33pm

Hi Folks. Comparing stickbuilt to log is like comparing sirloin to hamburger. Log homes are stronger, more energy efficient,more beautiful, and greener than all others. Log homes are composed of 100% renewable resources and can save you up to 40% on energy. There is no comparison to the beauty of a natural home. People need to know that almost all log homes are priced at custom home prices. The money saved in energy alone over a short period more than justifies the higher costs. Folks who compare stickbuilt to log have not done their research. Go to and get the scoop on Green homes.

Comment by James W. Harbin on February 29, 2012 at 3:10pm

Hi Rebecca, Please go to and find a Dealer/Builder to assist you. It won't cost you a dime to get a design and pricing as well as Cedar at Pine prices. Have fun with it!  Jimand Pam Katahdin Cedar Log Homes.

Comment by Doug on February 18, 2010 at 10:31am
Say away for any chemicals, I worked with CCA treated lumber for years, Still say there was no really problem with it unless you ate it or smoked it, But after many safe years they found it to be a problem, I would hate to see someone build with so called treated lumber and then find out it cause post nasal drip.
Look at all the treated drywall in florida they thought it was a good idea also, no there ripping it out.
What is safe any more,
Have a great day
Comment by NEKVT on February 17, 2010 at 10:45pm
Comment by REBECCA on February 15, 2010 at 10:27am
Thanks for the feedback everyone. We do have the skills, the problem is that my mothers health is failing and someone has to be with her at all times.

We're just going to go with an extension off our existing home for now. We have some fabulous local contractors for a stick frame. I guess my dream of a log home will just have to wait for now.

Great looking place Mel and Jane!
Comment by Bob Mack on February 15, 2010 at 3:03am
Well I could frame that for $18 per sq ft . Maybe 16 if local. Any lower and you better keep an eye on them..........
Comment by REBECCA on February 14, 2010 at 8:17am
Well Donald, it's a fairly simple layout, comparable to your Berkeley plan, and they said they could have it done in 8 days. We have been building and flipping houses for over 30 years so we have a pretty good idea what to expect before getting started.

Konocti - That is sad. I have seen too many homes like that in WV with children running around in yard. Perhaps it's time for Byrd to step down and Rockefeller (among a few) to be replaced.
Comment by Donald Parsons on February 13, 2010 at 9:54am
Rebecca: Without seeing how simple or complex the 1800 sq ft structure is, how complex or simple the roof design is, what types of materials are being installed (conventional frame 2nd floor and roof framing or timber framing) and the contractors definition of "dry-in" it is difficult to tell if the $22 sq ft price for erecting the "log shell" is a fair bid or not. However, with this discovery and with a budget in mind of what amount of money you do want to invest in your project it will become a bit easier for you to determine if you want to proceed with a new build or to add an extension off of an existing home. Better to find out now what costs are rather that half way through the project. Do your research, set a budget and design around that number. Let us know if we can assist you further. Cheers - Donald
Comment by REBECCA on February 13, 2010 at 8:46am
Hi Donald,

Thanks for the info. We were given a $35,000 - $40,000 Dry-in build estimate ( just the log shell ) on a 1800 sq ft log plan by another company. That just blew me away. It would have made the cost of just an erected log shell $89,000. If that's the going cost - we may just add a 30x40 extension off of an existing home. :-/

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