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Sevierville Home Show Answers Your Questions and More

Posted on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

 

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March’s Log and Timber Home Show in Sevierville was about turning log home dreams into reality. Visitors browsed exhibits from 80 vendors, including over 30 log and timber home builders. “This year we are hoping to help restore dreams to the Gatlinburg community,” says show manager Eric Johnson.

Appalachian Log Structures Regional Sales Manager Donald Parsons understands those dreams. From cabin rentals to private homes, the Smoky Mountain region is synonymous with log structures. "For many [tourists], staying in a log cabin has been a dream of theirs for years,” Parsons says. Families whose homes were destroyed know just how special a log home is too. “It’s hard to describe what it’s like to live in a log home … there’s nothing else like it and that’s why we want to help folks get back into theirs.”

Read on to see what we learned at the Log and Timber Home Show and what you might have missed.

9 Questions You Didn’t Know You Had about Building a Log Home

Home show visitors often ask about cost per square foot, wood species, log dryness and building timelines. While these questions are important, Parsons also likes to speak to customers about questions they hadn't considered. Categories and questions include:

Invest in quality materials and methods

  1. Are kiln-dried logs dry enough? Wood may change in moisture content and dimension while awaiting shipment, during fabrication, in transit and in storage. What’s more, kiln-dried logs will continue to dry until they reach an equilibrium moisture content with the surrounding atmosphere.
    Interestingly, professional log home builders are not concerned with how dry the logs are. They want to know how the building system accommodates the movement in the wood as it continues to reach equilibrium moisture content over a newly-completed home's first few heating seasons.
  2. How are preservatives applied? Kiln drying sanitizes logs, but doesn't prevent insect re-infestation. The industry standard preservative is sodium borate, applied by brush, dip tank or pressure treatment to different effect. Keep in mind that dip, brush and spray-on methods are merely surface treatments. Only pressure treating will penetrate the sap wood completely, offering superior protection against decay and wood-digesting insects.
  3. What type of fastening system should you use? As they dry, logs compress and walls settle. Fasteners affect how much walls twist or shift. One example is the thru-bolt, which keeps the log stack compressed during settling. Other methods include log home screws, spikes, lag screws, drift pins and wooden dowels.
  4. Which components are pre-cut and which are random length? Pre-cut systems save time and labor by reducing cuts made on the job site. Find out which parts of your home package are pre-cut and which aren’t. Pre-cut window and door openings, interlocking corners and ship-lap wall joints mean faster, tighter and more energy-efficient log stacking.

Understand how times have changed in home construction

  1. If you’re rebuilding, have codes changed? “The days of taking a sketch of a home to the building department and getting a building permit are past,” Parsons says. Be sure your builder is familiar with local building codes and knows what documentation is required for permits.
  2. Does your lender require a general contractor? Construction loans can be complicated and have risks, as this Money Crashers article explains.

Look for integrity

We covered ways to protect yourself when selecting contractors in a previous post, but what else should you ask?

  1. Does your log home manufacturer belong to the Log and Timber Council and does your builder belong to the local home builders’ association? These organizations hold members to high standards of construction quality and ethics. Check the Log and Timber Council’s membership directory and your area home builders’ association online.
  2. What does the warranty cover? Warranties range from a few years to a “lifetime” so ask exactly what's covered. Lifetime warranties usually apply to manufacturing defects and seldom address structural failure caused by rot, decay and wood-digesting insects. The Appalachian Log Structures warranty covers these items that others don’t.
  3. What is required to maintain the warranty? You may have to use a certified contractor or periodically reapply sealants or preservatives to the logs. Knowing your responsibilities is crucial to the warranty agreement.

So - when attending a show like the Log and Timber Home Show, Donald and the Appalachian Log Structures team like to get attendees thinking. You might just leave the show with more than you bargained for - and that's a good thing!

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Tags: dream log cabin, log home shows

Sevier Rebuild? Learn While Saving Time and Money at the Log and Timber Home Show

Posted on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 03:56 PM

 

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If you’re rebuilding or remodeling, do you know all of your choices?  Exhibits and workshops at the upcoming Log and Timber Home Show in Gatlinburg, TN will teach you what you need to know, whether you're unsure about where to start, looking for expert advice on home maintenance or anywhere in between. It's a great opportunity to meet builders and contractors, ask questions, view floor plans, search for bargains and gather ideas. You can also examine siding, cabinetry, flooring, furniture, stairways, interior décor, windows and doors and exterior coatings and finishes, up close, all in one place. And we'll be there! New Call-to-action

The Details

What: The Log and Cabin Home Show
When: March 24 (11am - 7pm) and 25 (10am - 6pm)
Where: Sevierville Convention Center, Booth 215
Tickets: $15 online/$20 at show/free for wildfire victims (email Samantha Watters for more information)

Additional information, including a full list of exhibitors, is available on the Log and Timber Show website.

If you're ready for more advanced log home information, educate yourself at the Log and Timber University. This half-day course goes beyond the basics of log and timber home construction and gives you a chance to meet and question experts in the field. Topics include budgeting and financing, floor plan design and room layout, log vs. timber construction, building foundation considerations and care and maintenance of finished structures.

5 Ways to Get the Most from Your Show Visit

It’s your home and your future, so it pays to have a strategy for the show (especially if you're stressed out about a home rebuild). Follow these tips to ensure you leave the show with what you need. 

  1. Before the show, make a list of exactly what you want to see or questions you have. Try to be specific. Good questions might include the following.
    1. Is a timber frame kit or custom design better?
    2. How and when do I apply stains or sealants to my home?
    3. Can I save money by cutting and notching the logs myself?
    4. How can I maximize my home’s energy efficiency?
  2. If you already own land, bring site photos and a list of property basics with you. Include things like lot size and features (think trees, wells, existing or planned outbuildings, etc.), the orientation of the property to driveways and roads and your budget. Keep this information in hand as you talk to builders and make decisions.
  3. When you arrive at the show, pick up a floor plan and spend a few minutes going over the layout (including restrooms and seating areas). Circle the exhibits you don’t want to miss (including Booth 215) and map out your path. It’s easy to get sidetracked, so refer back to your map often and mark the exhibits you want to visit a second time.
  4. Bring your camera or smartphone. You might think that you’ll remember which vendor had the cabinets you liked, but why not snap a quick picture of them to be sure? Take a picture of the company’s business card or brochure while you’re at it. Keep track of ideas with a note taking app on your phone, or bring a notepad and pencil to take notes as you tour the exhibits.
  5. Dress for success. You’ll do a lot of walking and standing at the show, so be prepared with comfortable shoes. Dress in layers for comfort and remember to stay hydrated. Consider carrying belongings in a backpack to leave both hands free (and as a place to collect brochures, business cards and other materials).

For more smart tips, check out eLocal.com’s suggestions for making the most of a home show visit (be sure to read the comments section too), and this Home Show Survival Guide.

 

 

Tags: log home shows, log home rebuild

Why invest in an Appalachian Log Structures log home?

Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:19 PM

Happy Log Home Owners

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is “why should I buy a log home from Appalachian Log Structures Inc.?  It’s a GREAT question and one that we easily address. 

After we deliver a log home package we survey our homeowners to ask not only this question but several others as well.  Just like yourselves – our homeowners have done the research, read magazines, hit the web sites, visited model homes, toured log home manufacturing facilities, attended seminars, gone to the log home shows and basically shopped around.  In the end they tell us they chose Appalachian Log Structures Inc. for these 5 reasons:

  1. Product Quality

  2. 25-year Warranty against wood ingesting insects and decay/rot

  3. Borate Pressure treated materials

  4. Extensively Pre-cut building system

  5. Engineered for settling

 Some of the other reasons they’ve mentioned are:

  • Full 6 inch or 8 inch thick logs

  • Sales Consultant’s help

  • Excellent reputation in the industry

Start the process to join the thousands of satisfied Appalachian Log Structures log home owners by giving us a call today or scheduling a time to stop by and visit your local sales consultant and view one of our model log homes.  After doing all your research, you’ll come to the same conclusion as our other homeowners – Appalachian Log Structures is THE right choice!

Tags: log home, log home owners, log home package, log home manufacturing, log home shows