Window and Door Trim: Custom Built Log Home – Part 9

If you enjoy having photos of your family, wildlife, or awe-inspiring views displayed in your home, then you understand the importance of having a special picture frame in which to display your favorite images.  Like the old cliché they fit together like a hand in a glove…you can’t have one without the other. Same goes for the beautiful milled trim Jack and Bob are installing on their windows and doors of their dream log home. The trim complements their windows and doors and – with a little creativity – makes a statement about the one-of-a-kind home they are constructing.  Let’s take a look at what they have been up to.

Log Home Construction: Window and Door Installation

Jack and Bob continue with window and door installation in an effort to get their home to the weather-tight stage.  While visually it may not look like they made a lot of progress, window and door installation is thorough and takes much time and attention to detail in order to complete.  The guys ARE making progress! window and door installation, Timberhaven, log homes, log home under construction, custom built log home, laminated, kiln-dried, White Pinewindow installation, Timberhaven, log homes, log home under construction, custom built log home, laminated, kiln-dried, White Pine

Log Home Construction: Window and Door Trim

door trim closeupWhen it comes to window and door trim applications, log home owners can use their discretion.  We normally recommend using mitered joints (where the trim meets at a 45 degree angle). You can forget about having to cut angles and simply create a small overhang, or you can utilize an overhang and an architectural flair like Jack and Bob did.  See their custom work here.  Beautiful!

For all logs with flat surfaces, whether you are applying interior or exterior trim, the window and door trim is secured to the face or flat surface of the log. For logs with rounded interior or exterior profiles, all trim is kerf cut (or inset back into the log). In Jack and Bob’s case, their 8″ x 12″ dovetail logs are flat on the interior and the exterior, so they will face nail all trim.

Log Home Construction: What materials are included?

Timberhaven supplied 2”x 6” window & door trim for Jack and Bob’s custom log home.  Given the fact that this couple chose the massive 8” x 12” laminated log from the company’s lineup, the larger trim is more proportioned than the smaller (2” x 4”) trim that is typically supplied in the company’s standard package when a smaller log is selected.

Log Home Construction: What is next?

The guys are ready to start working on installing the windows and doors to the rear of the home next. In the near future you will also see Jack and Bob build a decorative overhang in the area where the solid log wall meets the shed dormer.  Board & batten will be applied to the shed dormer, so the decorative overhang will create a nice transitional element between the two areas.  Additionally, it will tie into the roof system making the rear of the home as charming as the front.  We can’t wait to see how this comes together. rear elevation of log home, custom built, under construction, window and door trim, Timberhaven, log homes, laminated, kiln-driedrear of log home home, shed dormer, working toward weather-tight phase, Timberhaven, log homes, log home under construction, custom built log home, laminated, kiln-dried, White Pine

It does not take long to realize that this is not your standard “cookie cutter” home.  Jack and Bob have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into their one-of-a-kind custom built log home, and we could not be happier for them as they get closer and closer to living their dream.

Weather-Tight Construction: Custom Built Log Homes – Part 8

Last week you saw how Jack and Bob’s Beam & Purlin roof system was assembled.  After they completed those phases, they applied the finishing touch – the shingles!  The couple was indecisive about which color shingle to choose, but after a short poll to their Facebook friends, they settled on Estate Grey.  We think they made a great choice. It looks fantastic!

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 Log Home Construction: Weather-Tight Phase

Installation of exterior doors and windows is next.  This marks a very important stage in the construction process – the “weather-tight” phase (also known as the “dry-in” phase).  Chances are you’re familiar with these terms – but not completely sure what they mean. Ultimately, the terms can be used interchangeably and refer to the stage where the exterior of your home is weather-tight, meaning, the inside of your log home is now safe from nature’s elements (the inside is dry and will continue to be).  Your log home can be built any time during the year, but we typically see a flurry of building activity in an effort to get log homes “dried-in” before the snow flies.

What’s an additional, exciting aspect of the weather-tight stage?  From the outside, construction of your custom built log home appears to be complete (given exception to some finishing touches on the porches/decks). Now that’s cool!

Jack and Bob’s single, most important goal right now is to get their log home to this weather-tight phase.  Inclement weather conditions have delayed their progress but they are making great headway.  Recently we caught up with the couple and they said, “We aren’t getting frustrated…it will all come together.  In fact, every day we have spent researching, planning, designing, and building our log home has been very rewarding. At the end of every day, we step back to look at that house and what we have been able to accomplish, and think, ‘We ARE actually building our dream home.'”  How exciting!

Log Home Construction: Window & Door Installation

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As you can see, the windows and doors have been prepped and the self-adhesive flashing has been installed.  Here’s what the finished product looks like!  These windows are simple and classy, a very nice touch.  Keep up the great work, guys. You’re *this close*.


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Window installation demonstration at Timberhaven’s 2014 Spring Workshop

Timberhaven’s overall window and door installation process is rather technical, and the proper attention must be given to these areas to prevent future air infiltration and water penetration.  As such, trying to explain the sequential and detailed process in this brief blog would not do it justice.  But if you do have interest in learning more about this techy process, consider joining us at our Construction Workshop on September 6th.  The workshop is perfect for do-it-yourselfers or even for those simply looking to gain a better understanding of the entire log home construction process.  If you can’t make it to PA next weekend, we will devote a separate blog article to this topic in the future.  Stay tuned.

Log Home Construction: Standard Components

It is vitally important for you to know that all of the building materials referenced in this and previous blogs are standard components in Timberhaven’s log home packages.  For example, window options consist of Andersen 400 Series, Anderson 200 Series or Weather-Shield windows.  Additionally, we provide Andersen patio doors and Therma-Tru exterior doors.  Having the opportunity to select from top-quality, name-brand components is paramount in the quest of realizing your dream log home – make sure you understand exactly what’s being supplied in your package.

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