Log Home Renovation

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by pointer_hunter, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. pointer_hunter

    pointer_hunter Well-Known Member

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    We went and looked at 15 acres today with a log home on it. There is a 30x40 pole barn, 20x24 garage, septic, well, etc. The problem now comes to the house. The main area is 28x38 with a 10x12 room on the side. When they built the house, they used green wood, cut the top and bottom of each log to stack on each other but left the two sides round for the log look. They did not overlap the corners, just butted them together. The roofline is not straight, and looking at the logs it’s no surprise. On one end, the top logs are bowed out pretty far and it looks like some of them are rotted.

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    Can this place be repaired, or is it a wipe out and redo kind of project?
     
  2. Anataq

    Anataq Well-Known Member

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    My guess is that you will want to doze it and start over, but if you really want an expert opinion on your question go to www.lhoti.com. Post your question with pictures on that forum. This is the best log building forum on the net, and most of your answers will be answered by professional log builders.

    Anataq
     

  3. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    My gut reaction is it should be considered more of a source of firewood.

    Before making a final decision, fix or build a new one, contact several home owner's insurance companies. Some are now either refusing to write fire polices on log homes or charge very high premiums. They have found they are very difficult to repair after a fire, both in structure and trying to match materials.

    Ken Scharabok
     
  4. coalroadcabin

    coalroadcabin Well-Known Member

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    I'll second this advice. LHOTI is probably the best forum for log home questions on the web.