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March 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Out One Era and in the Other

One day, I’m convinced, you’ll be able to buy your log home online, probably from Amazon. I don’t begrudge them their success. I have an Amazon credit card for the reward points because I buy so much stuff from them. I wish they sold even more because I love free shipping. But they’re killing independent stores. I wouldn’t mind, except one of them is ours.


That’s right. The Log Home Bookstore has gone out of business. I remember when I started at Log Home…


Added by Roland Sweet on March 30, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Protecting Your Log Home Against Forest Fires!

Dad was a forester, earning his degree from WVU (West Virginia University) and working in the woods or around timber for most all of his life. Spending a season or two in fire towers he passed along his respect for the proper care and treatment of forests to his kids and immediate family – especially his respect and concerns for fires. When building my log home in 1992, he…


Added by Donald Parsons on March 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Timber Block Log Homes FAQ: Number 8? What's Included?

Timber Block has been answering the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions. Number 8? What's included when purchasing a Timber Block home?


This is a question that is asked all the time from Timber Block customers. Here is a rundown of the inclusions when purchasing a Timber Block home:*


-Complete Wall System

-Complete Floor System

-Complete Roof…


Added by Timber Block on March 25, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

More than just Log Homes

We do build more than log homes....this tree was being chopped down for firewood by a tree removal service and I stopped and bought it but had no idea its' final use until I had pontificated for several months. It is a rot-free Honey Locust weighing aout 8000#s and attracts more attention than a billboard.…


Added by Tim Bullock on March 24, 2013 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

Beaver Mountain Builder Appreciation Day & Retail Store Grand Opening

On Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 Beaver Mountain Log & Cedar Homes was host to builders, crew members, material suppliers and several speakers to learn about new building products and options available in the housing market including spray foam insulation, geo-thermal heating/cooling, Superior Wall and roofing options. After a BBQ lunch and prize give-a ways, our New Retail Store was unveiled and opened for business. Despite the snowstorm outside, it was great day to educate and…


Added by JoAnn Drumm on March 22, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Not ALL Log Home Logs Are Created Equal!

There are some that think the logs used in log homes are created equal. That's why many potential consumers think all logs should all be priced the same. As with any product, there are differences in quality, thus differences in price. Let's take a…


Added by Donald Parsons on March 22, 2013 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Special March Madness Open House Starts Today at Timber Block Model Home near Hickory, NC!

It is underway!


As part of Timber Block's March Madness event, we are hosting a special 3 day Open House at our Model Home in NC.



Added by Timber Block on March 22, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

Get started now by attending an Open House.

Here's something to think about if you're thinking of building a log home.

I asked my friend Greg Ebersole, the Residential Mortgage Banker for Susquehanna Bank his thoughts about mortgage rates for 2013 and here's what he said:

We do expect rates will increase as we go throughout the year.  I think most clients realize these low rates will end at some point and most importantly when inflation increases it’s a double edge sword, rates increase and costs go up.



Added by Scott Ridder on March 20, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

New Home Stains

I'm preparing to stain my newly constructed log home for the first time and as everyone here knows there are WAY too many options! I'm looking for input on what stain to use and why. Thanks in advance!

Added by Mike Leslie on March 19, 2013 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

More than just Log Homes!

Although we've blogged before that we do more than just log homes, I thought you might like to see and read about some of the projects Appalachian Log Structures has been working on this year that are more than just log homes.

A few years ago our…


Added by Donald Parsons on March 15, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Wishfulfillment Thinking

People who make their living selling log homes regularly inform me at log-home shows that they want customers who’re ready to build, not just wishful thinkers. But anyone wishing for a log home is ready to build it. They just haven’t cleared the hurdles to make it happen.


The past four or five years, a lot of people have been postponing their dream. Now, instead of sitting on the sidelines they’re finally making their move.



Added by Roland Sweet on March 14, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Spring Cleaning

Every time I walk out of my home through my garage, I cringe at the number of bins and boxes piled high along the sides. There are storage units that look more organized. I think I would be less annoyed if I hadn't actually invested in organizational products that were supposed to prevent this exact type of thing. But life happens, and with it comes enough clutter to fill, well, a garage.


Some of the cleanup is simple - getting rid of things that are no…


Added by Whitney Richardson on March 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Carpenter Bees, Log Homes and other Wooden Structures

Welcome Spring! With such a light winter in the South this year it seems that the carpenter bees are beginning to hatch a bit earlier than normal. If you live in a home (log home or otherwise) with wooden structures like porches, decks, fascia trim, etc. now is the time to begin thinking about how to protect these area of your home from this wood destroying…


Added by Donald Parsons on March 8, 2013 at 4:56pm — 5 Comments

March Madness has hit Timber Block USA!

March Madness has arrived at Timber Block Insulated Log Homes! (USA Only)


As part of our special March features, we are very excited for our upcoming three day Open House, happening at our model home near Hickory, NC!



Added by Timber Block on March 8, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Romantic Cedar aka Virginiana Juniperus

We received a call from a client requesting a replacement for a failed carved arbor that had rotted twice in the past.

He didn't want anything to do with pressure treated.

We discussed teak as a replacement although purchasing 8" X 12" teak out of old growth is really quite ghastly in expense whereas we have a native specy that does not rot nor shrink and was used for fence posts as they will last for 50 years in the ground with no treatment. Eastern red cedar is another name…


Added by Tim Bullock on March 6, 2013 at 7:29pm — No Comments

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