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I may be losing my mind

If any of you read the last blog I wrote it was about with using a builder for the entire log home construction project rather than buying logs from a log home manufacturer and then having them sub out the rest of the construction work. I still think this is the most cost efficient way to proceed but I have run into the most perplexing set of circumstances that makes me wonder if I'm losing my mind.

Let me start off by telling you that I own somewhat over 3 acres of land in the… Continue

Added by Ted on September 24, 2009 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

This is addressed to those of you who plan to Build from "scratch" using only a builder.

If you choose to build your log home using a builder only ... that is, you are going to have your builder build your entire home from scratch... and you are not using a log home manufacturer for any portion of the project ... well this is directed at you.

That is the direction I have chosen to take. I have found that with a great deal of patience you can fiend a builder who will take on the entire construction process from septic to excavation to foundation to purchasing all logs,… Continue

Added by Ted on June 2, 2009 at 7:01pm — 14 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

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

Share It

I think when I joined our group I was number 134 or close to it. Being that there were so few of us it was not surprising that very few were lucky enough to own a log home. At last count, I think the number of members is over 530 plus. With that come more folks who own log homes. But I find that most of the people who do own log homes simply state that they are owners and leave it at that. So my request of those of you who do own the home of our dreams is simple, PLEASE SHARE IT. Take some… Continue

Added by Ted on July 31, 2008 at 4:34pm — 5 Comments

Wishful Thinking

I find it amazing that there are so many people now who are "Log Home Neighbors". At last count there were 495 and growing. I also find it amazing that there are so many people from Florida who are members. Like me they have the vision of a different kind of life. Personally, I've been in Florida now about twenty years, coming from Westchester County in NY. I don't know about the rest of the members from Florida but for my part I'm tired of a year that seems to be made up of endless hot and… Continue

Added by Ted on July 22, 2008 at 10:07am — 7 Comments

So you think you're Paul Bunyan

I read at a lot of real estate ads for property, land, acreage ... what ever you want to call it. But what I really love is the descriptive language. "Don't miss this lovely parcel with it's picturesque rolling ...". Rolling, rolling, how about a 60 degree slope. I've looked at some of these great buys and I have to tell you, you better not have a fear of high places. But I think one of my favorite selling lines is, "Great view with a little tree trimming". Watch out for this one, you can chop… Continue

Added by Ted on June 17, 2008 at 9:59pm — 2 Comments

How many log home manufacturers?

I was just thinking about the number of log home manufacturers that mentioned in their web site. It think it was somewhere in the range of 650. So what does that mean to those of us who are trying to choose that one perfect manufacturer who will build that perfect log home for us?

Well, I don't know about you but I think that I investigated about half of the 650 in my own search. I found that most seemed reliable, most offered the three usual options ( buy only the logs,… Continue

Added by Ted on June 12, 2008 at 10:58pm — 9 Comments

It's a numbers game.

Ok, here goes. I keep telling everyone to watch their budget, make a budget, stick to your budget. But exactly what goes into a budget? I've developed a construction budget for myself. Granted it doesn't apply to everyone and God knows i've probably left out a dozen items but I thought I would share it with you. Perhaps it will help to focus in on the actual cost of building a log home.

If you think it is helpful you might want to print it out. I haven't filled in any numbers. That's… Continue

Added by Ted on June 10, 2008 at 10:02pm — 3 Comments

So ya want to be a log home owner

OK, you've been bitten. You stumbled across a couple of photos in a home magazine or you went to visit a friend in the country who owns a vacation log home or something like that, and it happened. You really can't explain it yourself but at that very moment you knew ... life in a crowded city in a tiny overpriced apartment was not for you nor was living in the "burbs" where every house looks like every other house, where you are really big stuff if your piece of property is barely a third of an… Continue

Added by Ted on June 10, 2008 at 1:33pm — 11 Comments

Some mutual concerns and thoughts

Trying to sell current house to get enough money to build a log home in North Carolina just like many of you (well maybe not in North Carolina). I am a carpenter so I plan to do a lot of the work myself once I get started.

After reading some of the comments by other members I thought I would add some thoughts, so here goes;

(1) It appears that many of you have the same problem that I have, selling your current home. Perhaps we should exchange ideas as to how to best do this in the… Continue

Added by Ted on May 30, 2008 at 6:47pm — 25 Comments

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