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February 2009 Blog Posts (12)

Proof my cat owns our log home!

Marvin the cat loves our trips up to our log home as much as we do! Seriously. If you saw how well he behaved in the cat carrier (no violent banging against the sides!) - you would believe me. But I have noticed that he has claimed ownership of our log home. I submit the following as proof!

Here Marvin is inspecting the logs with his teeth. Yep! Good enough for him!

This is his couch. If you're lucky, he might let you have… Continue

Added by Shelley Martinez on February 26, 2009 at 8:32pm — 7 Comments

Using Old, Old Wood for a New New Rifle

During the last ice age vast areas of the northern latitudes of what is now the United States were covered with, yes, ice. Glaciers slowly moved across the land and ground the bedrock into dust. Everything in their path was pushed out of the way and deposited far from their original source. As proof of this, walrus and caribou remains have been found as far south as the Carolinas. Trees slowly moved south as the temperature cooled.

When the climate warmed and the glaciers retreated… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 26, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

copper posts tops

We just installed 21 of these copper tops from Pueblo Southwest. We met her at the St. Charles MO. Log Home Show in 08. This is not my home but one of my customers in Ill.We had stripped their home and refinished it at the end of 08. Using the complete Perma-Chink system. The railings on the 1900 Sq. Ft. deck were trashed, but they loved the design. It had 10" posts and a green tubular spindle system (pictures can be seen on my page of photos) that just rotted away, 2nd time. So when we… Continue

Added by John Wilmes on February 26, 2009 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

Window construction


Let's hear about your experiences with types of windows such as single, double, triple glaze, etc. Also throw in what you found out with frames of wood, aluminum, vinyl coated etc. A lot of us would be interested in the effect on insulation from cold and containing A/C costs as well as sun bleaching of logs from UV. This is for general discussion not trying to solve a particular problem, but as we know windows and glass walls are the weak link in home heating and cooling efficiency… Continue

Added by Joe on February 25, 2009 at 8:42pm — 8 Comments

What do I do if I have a home treated with Creosote?

I don’t want people to push the panic button when they hear that they may have a home anointed with harsh, carcinogenic wood preservatives. Over the years, some misguided people may have built homes that were constructed from old railroad ties, but this is something that rarely happens. The use of fresh creosote treated timbers is probably non existent. The smell of this chemical and the problems that it would pose to the builders constructing the home would be insurmountable. Creosote is so… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 22, 2009 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

The Case of the White Redwood Tree

In 1972 I was on an Inter-Regional Fire Crew (Hotshots) out of Clarkia, Idaho on the St. Joe National Forest. Our job was to be ready to deploy on 15 minutes notice to fly wherever we were needed to fight forest fires. In August of that year we flew to Monterey, CA to fight a fire in the southern redwoods and in the Manzanita scrub on the rim of the… Continue

Added by Western Log Home Supply on February 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

One Man's Junk...

I'm often asked by readers how they should add character to their house. My first answer: You're building a log home, so it'll have 100% more character than anything out there...

But I know they want more; countless ways exist, and they include both design (built-ins, bump-outs, bunk rooms) and decor (a burled-wood mantel, for example). One way is to add architectural salvage to your home...that is, reused/recycled material from another building.

For… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on February 11, 2009 at 12:45pm — 4 Comments

Do Log Homes Have Souls?

As part of my job as editor of Log Home Living, I've been lucky enough to travel across North America and step inside scores of log homes of all sizes. Truth is, each one was memorable and had an impact on me.

Why don't I feel that way about most conventional homes I visit?

About a year ago, I wrote about the passing of my old golden retriever and how dogs make a home, even new… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on February 6, 2009 at 8:01pm — 29 Comments

Looking for a Ranch style floor plan...

Greeting Friends!

My husband and I are in search of a 1 story 2BR 1bath Ranch Style floor plan about 1500-1800 sq ft. to build as a vacation home.

All the plans I've found so far are 2 story...really to big for us. We don't want anything huge because we have a big home already. Do you all have any idea where i can find such a plan?


Added by LaShaun on February 5, 2009 at 10:59am — 9 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

Added by pat caldwell on February 4, 2009 at 7:36pm — 3 Comments

Builder/Materials Question

I am still in the process of looking for a log company to work with. Has anyone worked with Satterwhite Log homes, and if so, what are your thoughts?
Thanks, Jodi

Added by Jodi Davis on February 4, 2009 at 4:39pm — 3 Comments

What Would YOU Say?

We had a little fun with the back page of the March issue of Log Home Living...

Instead of using a (somewhat) famous quote that captures the essence of the image to the right, the editorial team and I came up with our own quotes. Mine? "Walt Whitman was right---there will never be any more perfection than there is now."

That's the way I feel about every day. It's just me (yes, my wife often rolls her… Continue

Added by Michael McCarthy on February 3, 2009 at 5:10pm — 23 Comments

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