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January 2009 Blog Posts (18)

Staining Your Log Home

Staining Your Log Home.

Work Horizontally. Plan on applying your stain to one wall at a time, starting at the top and working completely across 3-4 logs high.

When the top 3-4 logs are stained, then move down the wall to the next 3-4 logs. Continue in a similar pattern to the bottom of the wall, working around doors and windows.

Clean any drip marks that may occur on lower logs to avoid overlap marks.

This consistency will help to eliminate the… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 29, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Building with Oak Logs?

Building with Oak Logs?

Has anyone built their home using oak logs?

Builders, owners, would you please share your expertise and experiences.

Added by Bayern-Landhaus on January 26, 2009 at 9:21pm — 5 Comments

A logistical question

Even though many of us have been "slowed down" by the recent economy we still are staying true to our objective of building our Nirvana in the mountains (or plains or by a stream or whatever).

I'm still planning to try to sell my current house at the end of 2009, make the best deal I can, fill in the shortfall with savings and loans and charge on.

So now I have a new quandary. Where do we go once we have sold our current house and before the new home is built? I'm sure… Continue

Added by Ted on January 26, 2009 at 5:43pm — 22 Comments


The style and location of your home can affect stain longevity and the amount of maintenance required for your logs.

Eaves,porches, proper drainage and the position of your home on the lot all come into play.

Experts recommend a bare minimum of 24" eaves (36" or more is ideal), wrap around porches which are at least 10' deep and a foundatin that provides at least 12" to 18" of space betwwen the first course of logs and the ground.

These elements will help… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 24, 2009 at 8:26pm — 4 Comments

Weather humor from our log cabin in Michigan

Temperature Conversion Chart

@ +70 degrees

Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.

People in Mich go swimming in the rivers.

@ +60 degrees

North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.

People in Mich plant gardens.

@ +50 degrees

Californians shiver uncontrollably.

People in Mich sunbathe.

@ +40 degrees

Italian & English cars won't start.

People… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on January 19, 2009 at 10:48pm — 10 Comments

No problems with Ravens anymore...

Okay, this post has absolutely nothing to do with log homes, and I know I'm bound to make somebody angry… BUT, as a fella who was born in Pittsburgh and has been a life-long Steeler fan…

Way to go Stillers, WAY To GO! We're off to Tampa!

To my friends in Baltimore... I apologize for the inhospitable way we treated the Ravens this evening.… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on January 18, 2009 at 11:38pm — 7 Comments

Stone Mill Log Homes

Hello everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does anybody have any feed back about Stone Mill Log Homes, located in Knoxville, Tennessee?????

Stone Mill also has their own construction company that erects their shell packages, the name of the company is Creekside Construction Company located in Knoxville, Tennessee????

Interested to see the feedback..............................

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lewis G.… Continue

Added by Lewis G. Collier on January 18, 2009 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

Log Check Needs Caulking

Log Check Needs Caulking.

As logs dry, cracks or "checks" will open up, allowing both insects and water in. Once inside the log, water can migrate through other checks and fissures.

In some cases, the water can come out on the inside of the house, dripping down the walls and causing severe water damage to the wood. If the water settles inside the log and is unable to dry out it will cause the logs to start rotting.

Insects also have free rein once… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 16, 2009 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

That Close

So, at the start of 2008 it seemed that the economy was in not to good a shape and my house value went down 17% and my dreams for a log home were starting to look not so good ... I made the decision that I would put my house up for sale at the end of 2009 and hope for the best. I would dip into my retirement fund (I'm over 65) to cover any construction short fall.

Well, as we all know, things have gone from bad to worse and it now seems that my house is worth about 20% less than when… Continue

Added by Ted on January 13, 2009 at 11:14pm — 8 Comments

Copper counter tops ?

Does anyone out there have copper counter tops in their kitchen ? I am searching for some alternative tops for our kitchen, granite is nice but its so over done, copper is very anti-microbial and it looks great, any help on websites to hit or personal related info would be greatly appreciated.
I am open for suggestions, Thanks Greg Beck

Added by Greg Beck on January 12, 2009 at 1:43pm — 8 Comments

Helping Your Log Home Survive The Elements.

Helping Your Log Home Survive The Elements.

Water Control

Make sure you have gutters downspouts in good repair.

Make sure sprinklers are not wetting the house and/or decks, and handrails.

Make sure spigots are not spraying the house when hoses are attached.

Make sure splashback is eliminated (via gutters/down spouts, large overhangs, gravel drip bed.

Make sure you have flashing over windows, doors, wall projections,… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 10, 2009 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Knowing The Moisture Content Of Your Logs Is Critical.

Knowing The Moisture Content Of Your Logs Is Critical

Moisture Content And Log Construction/Stain Application

If log finish is applied to logs that have an 18% and over moisture content, mold and mildew has fertile ground to grow beneath the surface of the log coating.

When log moisture is below 18% the log surface will not support the growth of mold and mildew.

Also, high moisture content can cause film type log coatings… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 10, 2009 at 9:09pm — 10 Comments

Standard Design Tool for my clients

I posted earlier about a new tool which is not available yet, but I thought you might like to see what my standard visual aid is for my clients. I compress an executable file of the current model and email it to my client with a pdf of the plan and a list of changes that have been made.

Click here to download the 4MB. file. Here is a screen shot of the orthographic view.

you get this… Continue

Added by Rick Taron on January 7, 2009 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Dreaming of My Log Home & Puzzles

It has been 16 days since I've been up at our log home! Why do you ask? I got very sick and hospitalized with the flu. Kind of put a damper on the holidays. I think I drove everyone nuts at the hospital - I kept telling the nurses "I'm suppose to be at my log home right now!" And then I was telling them about the birds around my log home and how I had it decorated for Christmas, and then they were saying "but how do you feel?" I'm not at my log home - I feel pretty bad right… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on January 7, 2009 at 11:04am — 8 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

Added by pat caldwell 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

Added by pat caldwell on January 5, 2009 at 9:12pm — 18 Comments

New Years Resolution

Like most everyone else, I'm making some resolutions this year. The perennial favorite, losing weight, is right up there at the top but I'm going to make it a "get healthy in spirit, mind and body" resolution.

I plan on doing more creative work that I enjoy; writing, photography and music.

And finally, I'm going to start my Log Home Workbook. Never too early to start planning! For Christmas I received a Log Home Living subscription, so I'll be cutting floorplans, articles… Continue

Added by Shad on January 2, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Happy New Year All!

We've just said goodbye to one tumultuous year, and I for one am pleased to put that one in the history books and say good riddance! Apparently I'm not alone... The Drudge Report this morning has a headline that states, "Americans Under 70 May Find 2008 Was Their Least Favorite Year".

Before I head out to plow the drive (again)... did I mention that we have 2 feet of snow on the ground, 6" coming today, 10" more tonight and 6" for tomorrow has been forecasted? Global warming? Anyway,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on January 1, 2009 at 2:18pm — No Comments

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