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In the process of building a Green log home completely by ourselves, just my wife and I. We just recently started our gables, which is both an exciting and frustrating process. We are hoping we can do pretty much everying with the most enviormentally friendly way possible. We are always intrested in any information anyone can offer.
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Beginning to regret choosing the company we did

My wife and I are beginning to regret choosing Moosehead Cedar Log Homes. I am planning to do a full review soon but we have had several miscut logs that I had to correct as well as logs cut so wrong I could not correct them. When I asked about it they actually wanted me to take time off of work and come get the replacement logs my self. I have sent two emails to our rep who seems to have disappeared. I am trying to find out when the heck my windows and doors are being shipped to our lot, I… Continue

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 10:20am

What I did on my summer vacation!

Well we finally got to do some real building. We started out doing Girders and floor joists. The Girders were quite a bit of work as we had some really hot weather and working on that concreat got really hot. The longest Girder was over 40 feet long and we actually had to use the backhoe to set it in place. Finally we began building floor joists and little by little, (or should i say 16 inches at a time). We finally had a framed floor.

Then we finally moved on to the subfloor.…


Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:30pm

Foundation, Drainage, and Delivery Day!!

So we finally have the drainage and foundation in, Most of the drainage rock and gravel was done by hand with a shovel and a wheel barrel. (I guees we will apreciate it more that way). After sealing the foundation and competing the We backfilled and finished the floor. All this work was done by My Father, My wife and Me. I really have to thank them for all the help. Finally after all of that we poured the floor and are ready to start the Sill plates, Girders, and Floor joices this weekend.…


Posted on July 16, 2010 at 3:25pm

Spring 2010 Road and foundation

Well at the last minute we decided to change the entire direction the house is facing. we will have an even nicer view from the Great room, and the patio will be in the front now, with a screened in porch in the back of the home. I finally have the road all gravel and the power and phone all the way to the lot. The lot is prepped and the footers are poured. I am hoping to strip the foundation wall forms this weekend and begin the drainage. Hopefully this will go fast and we can finally start… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:30pm

Selected a company and are ready to build.

We finally decided to go with Moosehead Cedar log homes as our company. We were very impressed with their professionalism and quick response time. We were actually very interested in another company at first however they had an awfull response time and were not very professional. Moosehead was willing to work with us through the entire process and also was able to offer the most inclusive kit for the price. We are now finalizing everything with the bank and will start construction in the…


Posted on February 24, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 4:33pm on March 15, 2013, Thomas J Leavitt said…

Are you happy with the final product?  We have a quote from Moosehead as well, Vermont dealer.  I am trying to avoid shipping costs and it looks as though we are going to do it with a local vendor.

At 4:46pm on January 14, 2010, Chris Wood said…
Where is the property located and what log profile are you searching for? The site pictures look like Vermont or New Hampshire and are beautiful.

At 10:50am on November 2, 2008, Thomas J Leavitt said…
Not yet. We close for the property in Jay on the 17th, then we will pursue the driveway, clearing and septic design. Most likely we'll put in the septic and drill the well next spring/summer. Have you desided on a company yet for your log home? We are leaning toward a design by Real Log Homes but may not have them as the supplier, whomever can give me the best price/quality for that design we'll end up going with.
At 9:53am on October 29, 2008, Thomas J Leavitt said…
Hi, we have an original septic approved area dated back to 1988 or so and were told we should use this site but with a mound system. I read a little bit about the Presby Enviro-Septic systems and it says it can potentially do away with a mound system, true?
At 6:46pm on October 28, 2008, Thomas J Leavitt said…
Hi, We are about to purchase some property in Jay, vt and I noticed your page on Where are you located? We are in the process of driveway and clearing planning. We plan to build in 3 years or so. We are doing things as funds become available, road, clearing, septic, well, etc. Looking forward to the future, can't wait.
At 10:29pm on October 9, 2008, Dave and Julie Christiansen said…
We sold our home a little over two years ago and moved into my in-laws basement. That way we can use all of Julie's pay for the log home as well as our net gains from the sell of the house. We are planning on having the windows installed as soon as possible. This will be our retirement home, so we won't have a mortgage on it. We have saved a lot by doing most of the work ourselves, but it hasn't been easy. Julie has been the best working partner I could ever have also. She never complains, no matter how tired she is. Wish I could say the same. lol Love to see your pics and share experiences with you guys. Dave P.S. We have about two years left to finish the inside. Maybe three depending on funds and the economy.
At 10:05am on August 17, 2008, NEKVT said…
Anybody have price estimates of good road building gravle with fines in it so it packs in real tight? I know it varys with location but what did you pay per yard delivered?

At 2:44pm on July 8, 2008, NEKVT said…
Thats how we feel too, We also feel that alt energies are the "right thing to do" so its not only the financial incentive for us. (infact the upfront cost will be substantially higher). I personally hate to depend on others for things as well. like you said you never know. 90% of the building process wil be done by us as well.
At 2:40pm on July 8, 2008, Philip Mason said…
That would be sweet. I think I would love doing that someday as well. You just never know what is going to happen to this world and energy. So being off the grid run by solar is the way to go...
At 2:25pm on July 8, 2008, NEKVT said…
Wow, Thanks Ill have a look. We initially said we would like to be off the grid, I think we are still leaning towards that, but some green building books say dont do that. they say have a backup. In this case I think a generator backup would be fine, infact I have a large pto driven backup I can run off a tractor.

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