Log Home Construction Progress – Part 11

How long will it take to build my log home?  This question does not go unasked by any log home enthusiast.  It is, however, a question that’s difficult to answer given the complexities and variations of each customized log home. The end result depends heavily on the builder as well.  Overall though, we have seen log homes reach the weather-tight phase in as little as 2 months and some log homes take up to a year.

Log Home Construction Progress

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On the front of the home, they have installed the final trim.  You saw a few weeks ago how the couple was applying an architectural flair to the face-nailed trim on the door.  Looks like they are carrying out the same theme with the window trim.  We love how this came together.

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Throughout the sides and rear of the home, the remainder of the windows and doors have been installed.  Some, but not all, of the trim has also been applied. This place is charming.

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Let’s take a closer look at this shed dormer as it looks obviously different than the remainder of the laminated log home.  If you have been following this blog you know the shed dormer is conventionally conventionally framed shed dormer with house wrap, log home construction progress, Timberhaven, custom built log home, laminated, kiln driedframed and will be complete with Jack and Bob’s choice of board & batten application.  Before it can be finished, the couple must apply a vapor barrier between the sheathing and final material.  Timberhaven typically supplies felt paper and log siding for conventionally framed walls, gables, or dormers; but the material used for these areas is a decision you get to make.  In this case, Jack and Bob selected a Tyvek house wrap.

Next on the to-do list is finalizing that rear shed dormer with the board & batten and installing the last of the trim.  After that the guys will take construction indoors where they will be insulating said shed dormer, hanging drywall on interior dormer walls, installing interior trim, etc.

We will check back with the guys from time to time in the near future as they bring their log home project to fruition, but next week we are going to take a look at a “post & beam” project.  Check back for details.

A special thanks…

Jack and Bob:  Thank you for allowing Timberhaven, and other log home enthusiasts like yourselves, the opportunity to share in your experience.  It has been an absolute pleasure to see your beautiful dream log home come together.

Planning: Log Home Construction – Part 10

At Timberhaven Log Homes, we want you to be comprehensively prepared for every step of the log home process.  Most importantly, we want your project to be exactly what you want it to be – perfection.  When your log home is complete we want you to have no “buts.”  I love my Timberhaven log home but

To eliminate those buts, Timberhaven has professional staff and experienced local representatives in place to walk you through the log home process. Meet our team.

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Jack & Bob with their Timberhaven Team

Previous Timberhaven customers can also serve as resources as their experiences have proven to be invaluable.  Jack and Bob, for instance, are acting as their own contractor.  They have taken great pride in their work and are enthralled with their overall log home experience.  The guys have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and would like to share their experience with the other log home do-it-yourselfers out there.  Here’s what they would like you to know…

PLANNING

First and most importantly – plan, plan, plan!  There is no such thing as over planning.  There may be some hiccups, but you will learn from them and will be able to keep moving forward.  Don’t ever give up.  Remember: This is your dream log home.

HOMEWORK

Timberhaven's Construction Workshop

Timberhaven’s Construction Workshop

Do your homework!  Meet with financial institutions (if needed) and check with the municipality you plan to build in to see if they will permit you to be your own builder.  We visited dozens of log home shows, construction workshops and the manufacturing facilities as well before we made our final decision.  The investment of time to learn and understand the process was so worth it.  We are so thankful we did our homework.

EXPERIENCE

Timberhaven has made assembly of their log packages as streamlined as possible, so experience isn’t necessarily a “must” but it’s definitely a huge plus having prior home construction knowledge/experience.  If you don’t have experience or a construction background, lean on some savvy family members and friends.  You’ll be surprised at the amount of help you get when you offer free food and cold drinks.

 

TIME and RESOURCES

Things sometimes seem to take longer than planned.  Make sure you have the time and energy to dedicate every spare moment to building your home.  Be sure to line up good help as mentioned earlier.  If you plan on hiring various subcontractors, talk to your local Timberhaven rep about which local builders have log home experience.  Do your homework and research – make certain you’re hiring the right people.

 

GOOD and BAD DAYS

You will have to come to realization that you will have those occasional bad days when building your first log home.  You might feel frustrated, but don’t!  It will all come together in the end. 

 

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Building your dream log home is no small feat; rest assured it will be an experience of a lifetime.  It seems as though since we have had the opportunity to build the home ourselves (versus having hired a contractor) it has given us a greater feeling of accomplishment and a stronger connection to the house.  We can’t wait to live here and could not be happier with our decision to build this log home!

 

Many thanks to Jack and Bob for sharing this insight.  Next week we’ll take another look at their progress.  The guys are working on final trim applications and that conventionally framed shed dormer.  Stay tuned.