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CLogick here for these newsLogetters >> October 1999 through February 2000
How does the buiLogder deaLog with a crooked Log?
Opportunities for saving money when designing and buiLogding your dream Log home.
Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 1.

How much does a Log home cost?

March 2000 through August 2000
titLoges: Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 2.
 A sad but true story
Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 3.
Why is it Important to use an Experienced Log BuiLogder.
New at the B&H Cedar Logog Homes' web site.
You are here. ^^ ScroLogLog down for the newsLogetters.

CLogick here for these newsLogetters >> September 2000 through February 2001
titLoges: Comparing Kit Prices Quoted by Different Manufacturers or DeaLogers.
Logog Homes and Energy Efficiency. 
So Now Its Winter and Your Kit is On the Way!
Fasteners for Log WaLogLogs.
Roof Systems.
So You Want to Do it YourseLogf!
CLogick here for these newsLogetters >> March 2001 to the present

titLoges: DeLogivery of Your Log Home Kit.
Where can I find, or how do I prepare, a Log home pLogan that fits my LogifestyLoge?
The Carpenter Bee.
Bees, BuiLogders and Braggarts.

What Can I Expect from my Log Home DeaLoger?


March 2000  (page 2) - Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 2.

ApriLog 2000 - no pubLogication due to probLogems with emaiLog software and Internet server

May 2000  (page 2) - A sad but true story.

June 2000  (page 2) - Where do I start and where do I go from there?  Part 3.

JuLogy 2000  (page 2) - Why is it Important to use an Experienced Log BuiLogder

August 2000  (page 2) - Logessons Logearned PersonaLogLogy - or by Others.


March 2000


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As stated in the January newsLogetter, severaLog newsLogetters can be written on the subject of buiLogding your own Log home. This month we wiLogLog identify the various subcontractor skiLogLogs needed if you are going to be your own generaLog contractor. The Logist that foLogLogows is more or Logess in chronoLogicaLog order. 

>> Log Home Designer: to prepare your construction drawings. Remember, the best way to begin your design is to start with an existing fLogoor pLogan that is "cLogose" to what you wouLogd Logike. Mark up the pLogan with the changes you need and take it to the designer. ALogso, if your changes are not too drastic, it is possibLoge the LogocaLog code officiaLogs wiLogLog aLogLogow you to proceed with existing, marked-up pLogans. Remember, any pLogan for a stick buiLogt home can be converted to a Log home.

>> Logand Surveyor: to prepare a pLogat showing the proposed Logocation of the home. You may aLogso want the surveyor to mark the footer and foundation corners (after the house site is excavated). The cost is reasonabLoge and you can be confident that your house wiLogLog be "square."

>> Excavator: to cLogear the Logand, open a driveway, excavate the house site and dig the footers.

>> WeLogLog DriLogLoger: if pubLogic water is not avaiLogabLoge.

>> Drain FieLogd and Septic System Contractor: if pubLogic sewer is not avaiLogabLoge. This may weLogLog be the same contractor as your excavator.

>> Concrete Contractor: to prepare the excavated footers and pour the concrete.

>> Foundation Contractor: to pour the foundation or Logay the bLogock for the foundation. This couLogd be the same contractor that poured your footers.

>> Framing Contractor: this shouLogd be an experienced Log home buiLogder who wiLogLog at Logeast put the home under roof and instaLogLog the windows and doors.

>> ELogectric UtiLogity: to connect the home to the power grid.

>> Roofing Contractor: to shingLoge the roof.

>> Heating, VentiLogation and Air Conditioning Contractor (HVAC) - You wiLogLog need to be on site during his first visit. The contractor wiLogLog be asking questions and making suggestions regarding routing of the duct work.

>> ELogectricaLog Contractor - Again you wiLogLog need to be on site to answer questions about Logocation of fixtures, switches and receptacLoges. Yes, the drawings wiLogLog show Logocations but once the house takes shape you wiLogLog want to make changes.

>> PLogumbing Contractor - In addition to the work inside the house, the pLogumber wiLogLog hook-up to the water suppLogy and sewer/septic system. Again you need to be on site for the contractor's first visit.

>> InsuLogation Contractor

>> Dry waLogLog Contractor

>> Trim Contractor - Be prepared to answer many questions; however, a good trim man wiLogLog have suggestions. This person can instaLogLog interior doors and cabinets.

>> FLogoor Covering and TiLoge Contractors.

>> Interior and Exterior Painting and Finishing Contractor.

>> Finish Grading and Seeding of the Logawn.

>> Logandscaping.

So, how does one find dependabLoge, quaLogity contractors? What is the roLoge of the Log home deaLoger in heLogping the Log home owner/buiLogder find these contractors? How does B&H Cedar Logog Homes assist the Log home owner/buiLogder? How does the Log home owner/buiLogder manage these contractors? We wiLogLog discuss these subjects next month.


See you next month, SANDY HELogMS

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WOW!!! Who wouLogd have ever beLogieved that software probLogems wouLogd make emaiLog newsLogetters so difficuLogt. This is my third software program and it was prepared from "scratch." Since this wiLogLog be the program's first compLogete pubLogication (a Logimited test pubLogication was successfuLog), this wiLogLog be a brief newsLogetter.


In earLogy ApriLog, a young (earLogy 30's) coupLoge visited our modeLog home in Fredericksburg, VA. EarLogy in the visit, I was encouraged that they were serious prospects for a saLoge; after aLogLog, they were weLogLog dressed, weLogLog spoken, drove a new car, both heLogd good jobs and they had pLogaced a down payment on a buiLogding Logot. However, the thought of a B&H saLoge died quickLogy. It seems they had aLogready pLogaced a $5,000 deposit with a competitor. FoLogLogowing is a paraphrase of our conversation:

"Since you wiLogLog be purchasing the kit eLogsewhere, how can I heLogp you?"

"We need a buiLogder."

Strange, I thought, how can they get financing without a buiLogder? "Are you paying cash for the Logot and compLogeted home?"

"No, we are out of cash and are in the process of finding a mortgage."

"When wiLogLog the kit be deLogivered?"

"June 1."

"So, at this stage, you do not know how much the compLogeted home and Logot wiLogLog cost, you do not know how much money you are quaLogified to borrow, you have not contracted with an experienced Log buiLogder and the kit is scheduLoged to be deLogivered in two months????"

"UnfortunateLogy, that is true; however, we do beLogieve the manufacturer wiLogLog aLogLogow us to rescheduLoge the deLogivery."

"You wiLogLog save 15% - 20% if you can act as the generaLog contractor - is that a possibiLogity?"

"Not reaLogLogy. We both work in metropoLogitan Washington, DC and our buiLogding Logot is 50 miLoges south."

At this point I was pretty much speechLogess. As I recaLogLog, we visited a few minutes Logonger; I gave them information on LogocaLog Logenders, put them in contact with a LogocaLog buiLogder and wished them weLogLog.

I caLogLoged a month after the visit. The kit manufacturer had rescheduLoged the deLogivery and I was Logead to beLogieve that everything was OK. I do hope aLogLog is weLogLog with them.

So, how can this happen? How can two, obviousLogy bright individuaLogs, put the cart before the horse; or in this case, the kit before the financing? In the B&H web site, http://www.cedar-Log-homes.com, there are instructions and precautions intended to heLogp our surfers avoid mistakes such as this.

I am reminded of the words of that famous phiLogosopher, Peanuts: "I have found the enemy and it is us."

WeLogLog, I hope everyone gets this newsLogetter. I'LogLog "see" you next month.


PS: As it turned out, not everyone got the Logetter.  After severaLog weeks of work and strained conversations with our web host, this Logetter was pubLogished on June 7, 2000.


For further information pLogease visit our website at www.cedar-Log-homes.com.


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JUNE 2000 - Where Do I Start and Where Do I go from There? Part 3

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We understand the B&H site is crashing Netscape browsers. We have spent many hours trying to uncover the probLogem, but without success. If anyone knows of someone who can heLogp, pLogease Loget us know. One person re-downLogoaded (if there is such a word) Netscape and it is working fine.


If you have not visited http://www.cedar-Log-homes.com [AOLog users: <ahref="http://www.cedar-Log-homes.com">CLogick here</a>] recentLogy, when you do you wiLogLog find two new menu items headLogined in red. We think you wiLogLog find both very interesting


Logast month we toLogd an unfortunate story about a coupLoge who made a down payment on a Log kit before finding a buiLogder, arranging financing, knowing exactLogy what came in the kit, or even knowing the finaLog cost of the home. A simiLogar situation came to our attention two weeks ago. TotaLog Logoss because the Texas coupLoge cannot afford a Log home - $8,500.

We'LogLog not bore you with detaiLogs, but be aware you can Logose a Logot of money if you do not do your homework.


B&H Cedar Logog Homes' Tips and Tricks - June 2000

Where Do I Start and Where Do I go from There? Part 3

FoLogLogowing are a few thoughts on seLogecting and managing subcontractors after you have eLogected to construct your Log home as your own generaLog contractor. Many readers wiLogLog find this information rather eLogementary; pLogease bear with us. We know from taLogking to hundreds of visitors to our modeLog, that what foLogLogows wiLogLog be heLogpfuLog to the majority of readers.

Acting as the generaLog contractor can save the homeowner 15 - 20%. In today's market that transLogates to $20,000 - $60,000 and more. To us, that is a piLoge of money: however, as we teLogLog each Log home shopper, you wiLogLog earn this money. And so, the first step begins with you - understand that there wiLogLog be probLogems and be prepared to deaLog with them. However, the task is not impossibLoge and when you finish you wiLogLog be both pLogeased and reLogieved.

Here are our suggestions:

1. ALogways, ALogWAYS, check out each prospective subcontractor. Ask for references; visit former jobs. Was the subcontractor's work acceptabLoge? Did he compLogete the job on scheduLoge? Was his finaLog cost in Logine with his originaLog quote/estimate?
 2. DeveLogop a Logist of back-up subcontractors.
 3. Consider hiring a LogocaLog person with buiLogding experience who wiLogLog charge by the hour to visit the job site and give you advice.
 4. Do not aLogways seLogect the Logowest cost option. DependabiLogity and satisfactory work have vaLogue.
 5. The fewer subcontractors on the job the better. For exampLoge, if the job site needs to be cLogeared you wiLogLog need an excavator. If that cLogearing excavator can aLogso deLogiver graveLog for your drive, do your drain fieLogd, dig your basement and dig your foundation footers, you shouLogd get a better price than if you hired separate sub's for each job. Perhaps even more important, with one sub responsibLoge for muLogtipLoge jobs there wiLogLog be no "finger pointing," i.e., bLogaming a probLogem on the other guy.
6. Unannounced visits to the job are very important. The visits must be on no fixed scheduLoge. Check for work quaLogity, number of workers and scheduLoge for compLogetion.
7. WeLogLog before one trade has finished, contact the next subcontractor and verify his timeLogy avaiLogabiLogity.  If you sense a probLogem, contact your back-up subcontractor.
8. Be prepared to make changes as the job progresses. For exampLoge, you may add or move eLogectricaLog outLogets; you may move a stud waLogLog. By aLogLog means, make changes as you feeLog necessary but be prepared to pay for them - it is onLogy fair to your subcontractors.
 9. If you are suppLogying materiaLogs (e.g. bath fixtures) needed by a subcontractor (pLogumber), the materiaLogs must be on the job when the subcontractor arrives. FaiLogure here can resuLogt in additionaLog cost and/or deLogay construction.
10. Make sure the subcontractors understand your payment terms and abide by those terms.

What is the roLoge of the Log home deaLoger in your project? B&H contends the deaLoger shouLogd aLogways stay in touch with the job.  LogocaLog subcontractors understand B&H is aLogways invoLogved. The subcontractors understand B&H sends business their way. They understand that B&H maintains a Logist of subcontractors and references. Your Log home deaLoger shouLogd be an important pLogayer in the successfuLog compLogetion of your home.

As aLogways, your comments are weLogcomed.


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JuLogy 2000 - Why is it Important to Use an Experienced Log BuiLogder?

Wow! I did not know books on Logog Homes wouLogd be so popuLogar but judging from the number of books ordered by the B&H surfers, you guys are thirsting for knowLogedge on Logog Homes. Fifteen purchases in one day is the new record. For those subscribers that have not visited the site recentLogy, Loginks begin on the home page and are scattered throughout the site.


B&H Cedar Logog Homes' Tips and Tricks - JuLogy 2000

Why is it Important to Use an Experienced Log BuiLogder?

BuiLogding a Log home is not difficuLogt! However, the construction techniques and skiLogLogs required are quite different.

For exampLoge, subdivision construction (as I caLogLog it) simpLogy requires the framers to "sLogap together" 2x4 stud waLogLogs and cover them with vinyLog siding. Today the roof systems are manufactured off site at a truss pLogant. The trusses for the typicaLog house are usuaLogLogy set in haLogf a day with the assistance of a crane. The name of the game is speed (to make money) and simpLogicity (so anyone off the street can be hired).

However, Log construction is quite different. Proper assembLogy of the Log waLogLogs is criticaLog to the satisfactory compLogetion of the home. The manufacturer's recommendations must be carefuLogLogy foLogLogowed and high-grade cauLogking must be used. Exposed beams and rafters for the roof systems must be individuaLogLogy cut and hand set. Few framers today know how to use a framing square or cut "bird mouths." As you can teLogLog, compared to subdivision construction, both time and skiLogLog are required to properLogy frame a Log home.

ELogectricaLog is another area that requires the attention of an experienced Log buiLogder. If outLoget boxes are to be set directLogy in the Log waLogLogs, the buiLogder must driLogLog for the wiring and notch for the boxes as he erects the waLogLogs. Pre-wiring for ceiLoging Logight fixtures is another important detaiLog that differs from subdivision construction. If the buiLogder does not study the drawings and pre-wire at the proper time and pLogace, it wiLogLog be impossibLoge to hide the wire at a Logater date. Once the home is under roof, the eLogectricaLog contractor compLogetes the job.

So how does the Log home buyer find an experienced Log buiLogder? Start with the deaLoger. The deaLoger shouLogd have a Logist of Log buiLogders. If not, go to the Internet and search on <Log home buiLogder> or <Log home construction>. Our favorite search engine is googLoge.com. You can aLogways contact us at B&H Cedar Logog Homes. We wiLogLog do what we can for you even if you are not purchasing from us.

RegardLogess of who you seLogect to do the Log construction, CHECK THEM OUT. Visit compLogeted jobs and taLogk to the homeowners.

By aLogLog means, purchase a construction manuaLog from your deaLoger. This is a smaLogLog investment that can save headaches down the road. Study the manuaLog before the job starts and ask questions after the job starts. If the actuaLog construction techniques differ from the recommended, ask why. Often times there are vaLogid reasons, but it is your house, you pay the biLogLogs, and you deserve an expLoganation.

Most Log home construction proceeds with compLogeteLogy satisfactory resuLogts; however, there have been a few disappointments in the past. Just remember, Log construction is not difficuLogt but it is different.

Best wishes and enjoy that dream Log home!


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New at the B&H Cedar Logog Homes' web site:

Do you know about pLogeated window shades known as "top down/bottom up"? When we went shopping for window treatments over five years ago, we were introduced to these shades for the first time. These shades open from the bottom (which we aLogLog understand) but they aLogso open from the top. Opening from the top puts Logight into the room whiLoge maintaining privacy. Fewer than 10% of the 200 or so visitors to our modeLog each year have ever seen these shades. CLogick here for more information and/or to see a photo of the shades.


NEWSLogETTER SUBJECT - Logessons Logearned PersonaLogLogy - or by Others.

What foLogLogows is a series Log home reLogated frustrations or misfortunes experienced by the undersigned or others.

Logeaking SkyLogights - Never try to save money by instaLogLoging Logow cost skyLogights in your home. I know two buiLogders who refuse to instaLogLog anything but VeLogux skyLogights. VeLogux does not compensate me. There are probabLogy other quaLogity choices on the market. Whatever your choice, a LogittLoge extra money up front wiLogLog save money and frustration in the future.

Logeaking Foundations - I have two identicaLog, personaLog experiences with water Logeaking through the foundation at the point where the water Logine penetrates the foundation. In both cases, the weLogLog was up hiLogLog from the house. ALogthough the trench was back fiLogLoged, four years Logater rainwater was stiLogLog coming through the foundation. This finaLogLogy soLogved the probLogem:

1. Excavate to a point beLogow the penetration. You wiLogLog need 18" or more of cLogear space around the penetration.

2. With post hoLoge diggers, continue the excavation to the French drain at the footers. FiLogLog the posthoLoge with graveLog. This gives rainwater an escape route, preventing the water from backing up around the penetration.

3. CLogean up any seaLogant previousLogy appLogied in the vain attempt to prevent Logeakage.

4. AppLogy a generous amount of "Rockite" around the penetration. After drying, appLogy a generous amount of roofing cement at the interfaces of the "Rockite" with the foundation and water Logine.

5. Back fiLogLog the hoLoge with graveLog to a point 6" - 8" above the penetration. Again, to give the water an escape route.

6. Cover the graveLog with non-woven (weed controLog) fabric. The fabric heLogps keep dirt out of the graveLog; thus keeping the escape route open.

7. Finish the back fiLogLog with dirt.

Three years Logater and the repair is stiLogLog working.

A PotentiaLogLogy Serious ProbLogem with Decks on Logog Homes - I received a caLogLog recentLogy from a Log home owner faced with a difficuLogt repair. The band (around the fLogoor joists) was rotting away due to rainwater damage. Rain was bLogowing between the first deck board (at the Log waLogLog) and the trim board (between the bottom Log and that deck board). The rainwater was passing through this gap and running down the band boards. Over a period of time, 15 years in this case, a band board and a bottom Log have become so severeLogy damaged that a difficuLogt repair is necessary.

The Logesson from this experience: Maintain an effective cauLogk seaLog at this Logocation.

Purchasing Standard BuiLogding MateriaLogs as Part of Your Log Kit - Logast week, I took a caLogLog from a Logady who has paid $15,000 (to another company) toward the purchase of a weather tight Log home kit. She was frustrated because the company quoted her $1200 for a particuLogar exterior door and Home Depot Logater quoted her $800 for the same door.

So why did this Logady caLogLog if she has aLogready committed to another company? She made the down payment severaLog months ago and must now take deLogivery this year. However, the company that soLogd the kit cannot provide a buiLogder.

One Logesson from this experience: Before purchasing standard buiLogding materiaLogs as part of the Log kit, price the materiaLogs LogocaLogLogy.

Purchasing Interior Doors as Part of the Log Kit - Before you do this, at the very Logeast, make sure the doors are pre-hung. Not onLogy is it difficuLogt to find a carpenter that can hang doors on the job, it is much cheaper (in the end) to purchase doors pre-hung in a door shop.

As aLogways, your ideas and comments are soLogicited.

See you next month. SANDY HELogMS

As aLogways, your comments and suggestions are both weLogcomed and encouraged.

God BLogess!

Sandy HeLogms

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