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Anyone have any experience with Log Homes?(4 posts)

Anyone have any experience with Log Homes?CARBON110
Feb 4, 2004 9:55 AM
Impressions? Thoughts?
I helped my nephew build one.OldEdScott
Feb 4, 2004 10:35 AM
They can be real nice, but you gotta like wood. You gotta LOVE wood. They're kind of wood-relentless.

Fairly easy to build, though, as long as you think ahead (for wiring, plumbing etc).
Done a few stories with owner/buildersCory
Feb 5, 2004 9:02 AM
I probably don't know as much as Ed, but I've done three or four stories over the years with people who were building their own from kits. First one was about 20 years ago, and the guy's still living in it in the Virginia Foothills area south of Reno--summers to 100+, winters often in single digits, plenty of wind. Last time I talked to him he was happy and comfortable. Construction was grunt-intensive but not complex. He either hired an experienced helper or somebody from the factory came out, I forget which, and the two of them did it pretty much alone. Originally he insisted on doing it all the old-fashioned way, with skids and leverage, but I think he eventually gave in and rented a crane to get the big pieces in place. I don't remember the name of the kit supplier, and it was before my newspaper had a computer files, but there's apparently considerable difference in quality among the kit makers. I know there's at least one magazine about this, because I see it in Barnes & Noble occasionally (might be called "Log Home"), and there's got to be a lot of stuff online. My impression, though, is that the places work fine and they're within the ability of anybody who ought to be building his own house in the first place.
This is the first time I've posted in the old format in a few days. Man, is it nice!
Thanks for the info! (nm)CARBON110
Feb 5, 2004 11:29 AM