Custom Built Log Home by Timberhaven – Part 1 – Design & Land Considerations

The majority of people who own a custom built log home will tell you they spent years planning for their project. From the initial phase of clipping photos out of magazines and researching on the Internet – to attending log home shows, meeting local reps, and touring log home models – it’s a process that takes much time and effort and should not be taken lightly. Perhaps you already have a Cloud account (or a pocket folder) full of dream log home ideas.

Custom Built Log Home: Land And Design Considerations

When it’s time to pull the trigger on your custom built log home, you’ll want to address Land & Design Considerations before anything else.  So let’s start there.

A common mistake is finalizing the design for your custom built log home without ensuring it perfectly complements yourcustom built log home, image of a wooded lot, design and land consideration, Timberhaven Log Homes, kiln-dried, under construction piece of property. Your dream home may include a walk-out basement, but the land you have purchased may make that element next to impossible to achieve, or at least very least an expensive proposition. So…before you get too far along with your custom built log home design, find your dream property first.

When you’re ready to think about how the design of your custom built log home will complement your land, walk the property with your representative and give thought to how you envision your dream home being situated. Perhaps you want to take advantage of a passive solar design? Will your property afford you this Southern exposure? Give thought to specific design considerations like square footage, bedroom, and bath requirements. Put plans into action for a well and septic system – this will require a ‘perc’ test. Most custom built log homes are not erected within range of municipal water and sewage systems. Check to see if this is an option for you.

When our friends, Jack and Bob, went to work on their dream log home venture, they also began with land and design considerations. They purchased a parcel of land in a rural Pennsylvania setting conducive to visitors of the not-so-chatty type…

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Jack and Bob knew where they wanted their custom built log home to be situated on their property. So
they started by having their land ‘perc’ tested. Ultimately their plans for a well and septic system were
finalized and approved.

They also wanted to maintain the wooded setting, so they only cleared trees in close proximity to where their home would be erected. Now they have a great supply of firewood to heat their log home with for next fall and winter.

While the couple was working on clearing trees on the property, they were also putting the finishing touches on the design with the staff at Timberhaven. Some of the final modifications included slight window adjustments to maximize views and future expansion plans and increased the size of the front porch posts which reduced the number of posts required which in turn eliminated obstructions of front windows.

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Although still in the beginning phases, this project is building momentum and excitement. Next week you will see how the logs for this home were manufactured at the corporate facilities in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and the couple will be busy with the installation of their basement system.

Your Log Home Resource Center – Timberhaven Log Homes Blog

Timberhaven Log Homes blog is finally here…. Welcome! This website has been created in an effort to get connected to our many existing customers and to make some new friends. We want to inform you about what is going on at Timberhaven, as well as share news about log homes in general. We are elated for the opportunity to exchange information, knowledge and experiences with you.

Would you consider yourself a log home enthusiast? Have you always known your dream home would be built from logs? Or are you looking for ways to build sustainably and were wondering howTimberhaven log homes fall into the ‘eco-friendly’ buildings system? Maybe you were simply looking for a new home and happened to stumble across the Timberhaven Log Homes blog. Whatever the case may be, realizing your dream home will be one of the most exciting ventures of your life and it should not be taken lightly. Fortunately, we are here to help you!

In fact, we take great pride in working with every single one of our customers – informing, educating, and ultimately assisting them with realizing their dream. We will utilize this blog as a means of doing just that.

Over the next few months Timberhaven Log Homes blog will:

• Provide floor plan design ideas and suggestions
• Discuss ways of building sustainably
• Share cost-saving tips and how to overcome financing hurdles
• Show you how to compare estimates from numerous log home suppliers
• Help you understand our manufacturing processes
• Outline ways to care for your log home
• Talk to customers who were once in your shoes

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But first – we are going to spend the next few weeks introducing you to and walking you through the construction process of a custom log home. This couple spent years looking for a log home manufacturer who could supply them with a particular product and even more time in designing their perfect floor plan. Now, they are bringing their dream log home to fruition – one log at a time – how exciting!  We hope you will follow us as we share in this dream log home adventure….and more.

From our family to yours, welcome to Timberhaven Log Homes blog.  Let’s get started.