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At 8:49pm on December 21, 2019, Abiola Bawuah said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on this email( ) for the full details,
Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.

Mrs Abiola.

At 2:31pm on February 29, 2012, James W. Harbin said…

Hi Ted, Good Log Home Companies have Dealer/Builders who are trained to sell and build their product.After sale support is provided by the dealer in the form of technical support and the builder is accountable to the supplier,dealer,and client. We are joined at the hip throughout the entire process. We support clients who want to build their own home and provide the support they need.Look for companies that do this. Have fun with it! Jim and Pam Katahdin Cedar Log Homes

At 1:38am on November 21, 2009, Wendy Klemann said…
OK I found your comment. I guess I set up something to approve messages. I'm still trying to figure everything out here. Our FL home is in Loxahatchee (Palm Beach County) We are putting it back on the market in Jan. We might resort to renting it if something doesn't happen in the next few months. We used Amercan Heritage Log Homes to build our house, different from Heritage Log HOmes. They had their own mill and crews right there in Maggie, Both the mill and the office have changed names since they folded (wouldn't surpise me if it was the same people ) Can't think of the new name off hand but it is the only mill there on US19. Bob and I have always built our own homes until this one. We love the house but it's scary to think we could have been left high and dry if they hadn't finished the house! It helps if you can be right there to keep an eye on things. We were 800 miles away, but we did have a very nosy neighbor who kept us informed weekly:) Good luck with yours.
At 1:33am on November 8, 2009, Wendy Klemann said…
Hi Ted,
My husband and I have a log home about 15 min. from Waynesville as well, out 276 near Bethel. This was the first home we didn't build ourselves. We used American Heritage in Maggie Valley and the process went so smoothly and house was done in a year. Only problem, they folded right after finishing ours! Luckily the only sub not completely paid was the furnace guy, or we'd have had liens slapped on us! Even he was very nice about things and we paid him the last $1500 again! A. Heritage had been in business for 30 yrs.! If you end up using a builder, make sure you get release of liens from each sub before you pay your draws to the builder! We want to retire this year but are trying to sell the FL house...We love everything about it up there. The street dances in downtown Waynesville during the summer are a hoot:) A log cabin just heals your soul!
At 12:10am on October 2, 2009, Jon Dowell said…
Ted, I would be happy to take a look at your plans. We are builders in NC, and offer many options. JD
At 1:51pm on September 25, 2009, Randy Pope said…

We appreciate your feedback and your interest in Your suggestions help us make the site a better place for all who come and visit. Let me respond to your points:

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At 8:31pm on August 27, 2009, Anne said…
It has been a long time.. I hope you and family are still doing well and I hope the log home plans are alive and kicking!
At 9:53am on August 14, 2009, Jim Mulkern,Jim Barna of PA said…
Thanks for the kind hello. I hope your project turns out the way you envision it. Building a new home is always a bit stressful, regardless of the approach one takes. You are correct in that good communication is the key.
At 9:00am on August 12, 2009, Keith Kallmeyer said…
Thanks Ted, Just waiting for our youngest son who starts college in Sept to finish college to start building our log home in Vermont to retire to. Keithg
At 4:16pm on June 11, 2009, Bill Blackburn said…

You are ` 3Hours away from us. You are welcome to come to Bedford and take a tour and ask all the questions you want. I am not a good typer so you could call anytime. The Webbs and workers were great. Tom is an Master carpenter. Bill & Sue 814-285-2700. I tried to upload some pictures but I don,t think the did.
At 11:02am on May 2, 2009, Tim Bullock said…
Ted, Can we be of any help?
At 2:47pm on April 29, 2009, Tim Bullock said…
Ted, This website tells you about what we are doing here in
This website is my portfolio of the past 31 years work
We design,build and reassemble log and timber works only as it is too costly for us to work out of town for extended periods of time. We have two dovetail log homes that you might be interested in viewing at some is Spartansburg, SC and one is in Waynesville, VA
We have just started a dovetail log home here in Jane Lew for delivery to SC later this summer. We use giant white pine logs milled to 8" thick and have an optional 10" thick X random height. All logs are full length up to 50'.....Have fun looking at the "eye candy"......If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email.
At 8:40pm on March 23, 2009, CR (Yona) Dunning said…

Thanks for writing back.

We share the same mountain range although I see you are still in Sarasota

We have lived for the last 10 years in St Petersburg to your north but we leave for the mountains this coming Saturday morning - before sun-up

& hope to be in Tennessee Sunday afternoon

Since you were asking about water volume I called our builder tonight

He reports we are getting 20 gallons plus a minute

That sounds good to me & I guess if there's a moral to this story it is to drill until you find sweet potable water - & a lot of it.

Judging from your friend's misadventures - I'd say we are blessed by having both a good builder who knew the spot to drill & a good well digger who knew when he found good water

take care

& we hope to see you in the mountains

O:nen (Mohawk for Peace/Aloha/Shalom)

At 2:38pm on March 22, 2009, CR (Yona) Dunning said…
Ted, thanks for your kind note ...

We'll be getting ready to move this week & by this time next Sunday - for better or worse - we'll be living on the north side of Clinch Mountain, Thorn Hill, Tennessee.

We'll be living down a long one-lane crusher run road past a copse of second-growth cedar trees in a spanking-new white pine log house.

I'm sorry that I can't tell you more about the water & wish I had been there to see the process, but wasn't.

You asked "How far did you have to go down"

... the last report I had was that the well was at least 150 feet down before they found potable water. It was right where our builder said it would be..

"and how much water are you pumping per minute?"

I don't have a figure - though the builder insists it won't run out any time in my lifetime & that it is more than adequate for all our needs - two adult human beings, two dogs, two cats, numerous children & grandchildren & a large tribe of extended family - without a dishwasher.

As I have learned drilling for water is a crapshoot. Our friends next door had their well drilled a year ago by the same driller a hundred yards away down into what you would assume was the same aquifer. You might rightly guess that both they & we would be enjoying the same water. That is not the case.

Their water is heavily laden with minerals including sulfur.

Our water by all reports remains clean & sweet.

Three families are building homes on the same 14 plus acre plot. The same driller has drilled wells for all three of us & has consistently found water between 150 & 200 feet. The pressure is good - more than any of us will ever need.

We had the same hopes & prayers that you do & they panned out.

Where are you building?

We're - all three of us - located in the soouthern Appalchians in Hancock Coiunty - upper east Tennessee.

... best of luck.

We'll be interested to see what sort of water you get.

Take care

CR (Yona) Dunning
At 11:07pm on March 2, 2009, Gail & Robert said…
Hi Ted,
Hopefully we'll be out there by the end of this summer. The biggest potential stumbling blocks so far are getting the boys moved out into their own apartment, then selling our current house. Fortunately the housing market here in Tulsa hasn't taken near the hit that the rest of the country has, and prices are still holding fairly strong. The RV trailer option seems to be the best one for us, based on our research. It remains to be seen how the cats like the idea...
At 12:35am on March 2, 2009, Gail & Robert said…
Where we are planning to build, there's not much in the way of codes to affect us. Anyway, we've changed our minds about the garage, and are now planning to move a 5th wheel camper onto the site once the well and septic are in, and live in that instead.
At 7:22pm on January 28, 2009, Ted & Bonnie Steele @ Mountain Venture Properties LLC said…

We just stepped out in faith. We knew if we wanted to expand our business up here we needed to be here to do it.

Fractional ownership is showing a lot of interest these days and we have already had the opportunity to show the properties to interested clients. I am going to have to go to NC Real Estate school and get my brokers license.

My borther tells me things (economy) have slowed down a bit in Maggie Valley/Waynesville and after 24 years of management with the same cable company he was laid off after the first of the year! Fine howdy do.

Lets kep in touch. TED STEELE
At 8:24am on November 24, 2008, Robin Dampier said…
Hi Ted,

It is good to hear from you. I would never forget you & Marilyn. I loved working and getting to know the both of you. I certainly understand you being on hold with your building plans. I would suggest holding onto your land for the time being. You got a good deal on the land. The market is really slow here, but it is definitely a buyers market. Not one like Florida/California, but a good area to get some reasonable deals. From your comment about selling your house--I take it the Fla. market is still in the tank?

Thank you for recommending me, but no, I have not heard from CJ. Is she a member of this Log Community? If so, send me her email address and I'll touch base with her. I really appreciate my clients recommending me to others. And this community is a great way to network.

I hope you and Marilyn have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to talking with you soon.

At 7:00pm on November 10, 2008, cj said…
Ok Ted,
How do I find Robin? Perhaps the name of the Real Estate company.
At 6:51pm on November 10, 2008, cj said…
That is a reality check. I think I'll wait till I have the money in hand but to think I'm still going to be here several years is the pits...
Anyway...perhaps it isn't wise to spend the money on a Tampa trip: my for my dog just cost me $535 and my car $180 and then there was this and that too..Between this election and our "crisis" things seem gloomy right now.
But I do enjoy popping in here and chatting

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