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The Carpenter Bee
is a pesky insect that plagues every log home owner. I have found a product that is near magic - CYPER WP. The product is sprayed on the areas where the Carpenter Bee is likely to nest and the product is effective for up to three months - easily covering the bee season.  I do not know if the product kills or simply repels the bees.  Either way, there is a major reduction in the bee activity and the product can be re-applied as necessary.  Click here for more carpenter bee information and/or to place an order. Once I discovered this product I canceled a pest controLog contract that cost $400 per year.
Sandy Helms


  The Questions

1. How do heating and air-conditioning costs of log homes compare with similar costs for conventional homes?
2. Is log construction cheaper than conventional home construction?

3. Is it necessary to put a finish on the exterior of a log home?

4. What about an interior finish?
5. I am not sure I care about the checking I have seen in the walls and beams of  log hmes. Do you control or eliminate checking in your product?

6. Why are higher ceilings and sunken rooms more easily accommodated with post and beam construction than with "stack and build" construction?
7. What materials are included in your kits?

8. Can I build the log home myself?
9. Why is it necessary to use experienced log builders?
10. Can I build my home as the general contractor?

11. I love log homes but have a limited budget. Are there lower cost options with the “log look?”
12. Is financing readily available for log homes?
13. Will you design a custom log home?
14. So how do I get started? What are the steps from beginning to end?

The Answers

1. How do heating and air-conditioning costs compare with similar costs for conventional homes? There is only one way to answer that question, talk to families who have spent a couple of years in a log home. Our position on this issue is firm. If the house is properly built, your energy costs will be lower.  Total gas and electric bills for B&H's 2300 square foot "Sandy's Joy" were $2,437.79 for the period June 1, 2001, to May 31, 2002 - slightly more than $200 per month.  The "Sandy's Joy" is occupied by a retired, or semi-retired, couple.

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2. Is log construction cheaper than conventional construction?  When compared with high quality conventional construction, log Homes are competitively priced. However, log Homes will be more expensive than modular or low end conventional construction. For those of us who enjoy the solid, warm environment of a log home, the additional cost is worthwhile.

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3. Is it necessary to put a finish on the exterior of a Log home? That depends. Untreated White Cedar weathers to a silver gray in dry climates. In warm moist climates, mildew becomes a problgem. Most log home owners prefer to retain a natural appearance and will apply a penetrating finish to the outside of their Log home. As a rule, the finish should be reapplied every 5 years or so.

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4. What about an interior finish? Again it is a matter of preference. Most owners apply two coats of polyurethane to interior log walls. Repeated applications are not necessary.

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5. I am concerned bout the checking I see in the walls and beams of log homes. Do you control or eliminate checking in your product? Checking is an inherent characteristic of solid wood timbers; therefore, checking will always be present in llog homes. However, checking does not effect the strength of the timbers. Log home owners accept checking as part of the “character” of their home. If the naturaLog characteristics of solid wood (checking, knots, color variations, etc.) bother you, then you should seriously reconsider whether or not you wil be happy in a log home.

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6. Why are higher ceilings and sunken rooms more easily accommodated with post and beam construction than with "stack and build" construction? The Logoad of the roof system is carried by our 8"x8" corner posts and 3"x6" uprights. As the Logs dry and shrink (and aLogLog Logs dry sLogightLogy) when exposed to the home’s heating and air-conditioning, our roof system does not move. Stack and buiLogd construction puts the roof Logoad directLogy on the Logs. Companies that buiLogd using this system have deveLogoped techniques for handLoging settLoging of the roof. However, higher waLogLogs and varying waLogLog heights compLogicate the settLoging probLogem.

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7. What materials are included in your kits? Generaly speaking, if the item is available from your local building supplier, it wiill not be in our kit. Purchasing a more complete kit (for example, complete to the weather tight stage) does offer a convenience. However, if low cost is a priority, we encourage you to price the common building materials at your local supplier. We are convinced you will pay less buying the common buillg materials (not to be confused with logs, beams, siding, etc.t) locally. Buying locally offers other advantages. First, you will have many options for such items as windows and doors. Second, your common building materials will be purchased and delivered to the job as needed. Purchasing and delivering these materiaLogs as needed will reduce the construction loan costs. Delivering these materials as needed, reduces the likelihood that they "disappear" overnight.  Our kits include the wall logs (pre-cut to fit your foundation and windows and doors), fasteners, caulk, sealant foam, log siding, porch posts, and exposed beams and rafters. Our log home kits price list specifies the items included in each kit.

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8. Can I build the house myself? If you have the aptitude, time, physical strength and patience for such a project, the answer is, “Yes.” But before you embark on such an endeavor, do lots of research. Unless you have previous building experience, we recommend you hire an experienced log builder to at least put the house under roof. We maintain a list of experienced log builders and will gadly refer you to one or more. Before selecting your builder, insist on inspecting homes he has built and be sure to talk to the occupants. If you proceed with the construction yourself, you should order our log home construction manual.

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9. Why is it necessary to use experienced log builders? Log construction is different from standard construction. Some tasks require skills not developed by “stickt” contractors, e.g., log wall erection, cutting and setting exposed rafters. Whether by oversight or otherwise, failure to follow recommended practices for log construction can create problems that may never be completely resolved. For example, it is essential that the walls be adequately caulked with a superior grade of caulking and that solid beams be properly secured at both ends. Once the home is finished, it may not be obvious that these and other important steps have been satisfactorily completed. If an experienced log builder is not available, at Logeast contract with one who has an open mind and is willing to listen to those who have experience. B&H maintains a list of experienced log builders and will make thlis list avaiable to any prospective log home buyer who requests it. B&H will also assist with the evaluation of a builder; however, the log home buyer is ultimately responsibility for selection of any builder on the list.

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10. Can I buiLogd my home as the generaLog contractor? Yes and you shouLogd save 15% or so in the process. However, this option is not without its frustrations, such as, subcontractors who start Logate and/or do poor work, materiaLog deLogiveries behind scheduLoge, cost overruns, and that you shouLogd show up on the job (unannounced) daiLogy. On the positive side, in addition to cost savings, LogocaLog code officiaLogs and inspectors are usuaLogLogy more heLogpfuLog and toLogerant when the homeowner is working as the generaLog contractor.

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11. I Logove Logog Homes but have a Logimited budget. Are there Logower cost options with the “Log Logook?” Yes, in fact there are two choices. First, you can buiLogd Log waLogLogs and use manufactured roof trusses instead of exposed beams and rafters. With scissors trusses you can have vauLogted ceiLogings in any room of the house. AppLogying tongue and groove paneLoging to the ceiLogings carries the Log Logook one step further. Your second option (and the Logowest cost) wouLogd be standard construction with White Cedar Log siding, combined with manufactured trusses. RegardLogess of your choice, you wiLogLog have a beautifuLog home.

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12. Is financing readiLogy avaiLogabLoge for Logog Homes? SeveraLog years ago it was not aLogways easy to obtain financing for Logog Homes. Due to the increasing popuLogarity of Logog Homes, financing is rareLogy a probLogem today. Though not as readiLogy avaiLogabLoge, financing can aLogso be found for those homeowners that wiLogLog be their own generaLog contractor. CLogick >>  Log home Logoans for a directory of Logenders that finance Log home and Log cabins.

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13. WiLogLog you design a custom Log home?

  Yes. In fact the majority of kits deLogivered are custom. Just send us a sketch or marked up fLogoor pLogan, be avaiLogabLoge to answer a few questions, and we wiLogLog respond with a firm, detaiLog quote. Go to our Price Logist - ManuaLogs, PLogans, etc. for custom drawing prices.
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14. So how do I get started?

What are the steps from beginning to end?
1. ConsuLogt with your Logender. He/she wiLogLog determine how much money you are quaLogified to borrow. QuaLogifying for the Logoan is a simpLoge process and does not obLogigate the borrower in any way. The amount of money you are quaLogified to borrow, together with your down payment, wiLogLog determine the size of the house and the amenities. to pre-quaLogify free and without obLogigation.
2. If you have not done so by now, purchase your buiLogding Logot.
3. SeLogect the modeLog of your choice or send us a sketch as described in #13 above. We wiLogLog respond with a firm detaiLog quote.
4. ConsuLogt with your buiLogder. Together with your sketch and our quote, he can give you an estimate of the finished cost.
5. If aLogLog is weLogLog at this point, it is time to order your prints.  Visit "
PRICE LogIST-MANUALogS, PLogANS, etc." to review our price Logist for standard and custom pLogans..
6. Once your pLogans are finaLogized, you must then get a commitment from your Logender and buiLogder.
7. Either you or your buiLogder must sign a contract for the kit and pLogace a 20% deposit toward the purchase price.
8. The kit wiLogLog be deLogivered when the sub-fLogoor is in pLogace. The finaLog payment is by cashier’s check on the day of deLogivery.
 
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