Franklin, NC 28734
Robin Parker 828-421-9891
Jerry Wilkes 828-421-5505
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We custom design each floor plan for you!
just something special about a Log Home.
Something that draws you in and says, “This just
feels right.” Log homes are natural, comfortable, quiet and cozy. They lend
themselves to almost any setting, growing in beauty and becoming a natural part
of the landscape. If your dream is to own and live in a log home then you know
where your heart belongs, and home is where the heart is.
Before we get into who we are and why we do what we
do, we would like to ask something of you. There are over 500 different log home
companies from which to choose. We would like for you to check with as many
different companies as you possibly can. Then talk with us last! Let us explain
the difference. We can personally guarantee you a better home for less money!
Designing and building your own dream home can be
rewarding, challenging, exciting and lots of fun. We are here to help you make
your dreams come true, while minimizing the heartaches and headaches.
There are literally thousands of styles and floor
plans from which to choose. Browse the Internet and pick up plan books; select a
style and floor plan you desire. Any
style or floor plan can be built with logs. Bring in your rough sketch and
pictures, we will be happy to assist you in developing your plan
Making your dreams come true is what we are here to do.
unique thing about log homes (other than
the people who want to live in one) are the different style logs and types
of wood that are used. Four basic styles of logs are available from us. The most
popular is an 8-inch lathe turned round log with a Swedish cope T&G with
saddle notch corners. Our round logs are made from cypress and yellow pine. We
are the only company east of the Mississippi that offers this log.
8” x 6” D-style log T & G is popular because it is the cheapest of all
log styles. We are the only company that makes this style with dovetail corners.
Appalachian style log 6” x 10 or 12 inch with dovetail corners is very popular
in the Mountain areas. Chinking the joints is optional.
most expensive is the hand hewn large log made from standing dead Lodge Pole
Pine. It takes true craftsmen to build this type of home.
Most log homes are built from white pine. It is
plentiful, cheaper, lighter and easy to work with. For starter homes and cabins
this is an excellent wood for the budget minded home buyer.
Southern yellow pine is our choice to make round
logs. It is the hardest of all soft woods, finishes beautifully and has better
insect tolerance than white pine.
Cypress is our first choice for building.
It is a very stable, insect proof wood that finishes very nicely. Cypress is
known as the “Eternal Wood.” The
logs on our model are 6” x 10” Tidewater Red Cypress. The beams, decking trim and flooring are all made from cypress.
Flooring, decking, bead board, paneling, siding and trim are manufactured by us. You will save by purchasing from us. Our quality is second to none.
it before it’s broke!
Every week someone comes into our model and wants to know how to fix a problem. Most problems with log homes start from improper construction techniques. The biggest problem is not allowing for the settlement of the log walls. Even if your logs are kiln dried, your home should still have allowance for settlement.
(Avoid any log home company that tells you their houses don’t settle!)
The second problem is insufficient roof overhang.
Overhangs and porches protect your log walls from the weather and save
Scientist claim, wood will last for centuries if it
is kept dry and properly sealed. Proper care, preservation and maintenance are
critical to the life of any home. There is no more maintenance to a log home if
it is done correctly from the very beginning than there is with any other
home. We recommend Permachink products for care and preservation. Permachink is
the very best stain and sealer on the market today.
More Value For
A properly constructed well-designed log home appreciates
more than conventional homes. In most cases they can be built for less.
A do it yourselfer can easily build a nice home for under $65 per square
foot. Basic Turn-key homes will
start at about $100 per square foot. $100 per square foot is a reasonable
estimate to start with. Homes such as our
model run $135-$150 per square foot.
A 3-bedroom 2-1/2 bath 1800 square foot home properly
designed and built will cost about $250,000. The log package you choose does not
affect the overall cost as much as the features such as flooring, cabinets,
fireplaces, fixtures, windows and doors. Typically the log package is only
25-35% of the total cost of your
Homes are more energy efficient.
Tests conducted by the National Bureau of Standards
found that log homes are typically 35% more energy efficient than a conventional
house. A well-built properly constructed log home is cooler in the summer and
warmer in the winter. The highest bill we had this past summer on our model
(total electric) was only $149 in July.
are lenders in the your region who make construction and mortgage loans on log
homes. You should have a lender pre-qualify you for a mortgage before you select
a house plan. Check with lenders on the internet to help you pre-qualify. Once
you decide on your budget we will assist you in choosing designing and building
your dream home.
Choosing the right house plan for your lot is important. Our design services can help you select a plan that is right for you. From the smallest cabin to the most elaborate custom home, we will work with you to design the dream home that fits your lot, your lifestyle and your budget.
Turn-Key, Dry-ins or Kits available !
Tidewater Red Cypress is by far the most superior wood to build a log
home from. Cypress is known as the Eternal wood. Centuries from now your
home will still be standing.
Turn-key services are available, we can start with
the raw land and build from the ground up to a totally finished home, including
the well, septic system, grading and driveways!
way for you to receive the most value for your dollar is to purchase the log
package for your plan and let us do the dry-in.
A dry-in consists of erecting the log walls, setting the beams
and roof rafters, installing the 2nd floor system and decking the
roof. Windows and doors can be set in place and the roof system installed. On
average, a typical dry-in cost is about $45-$60 per square foot. Now you are
half way home. Experienced local
contractors are available to do the finish work. A dry-in can be done anywhere.
We have even done dry-ins in Japan.
log homes are built and designed to get better with age!
All log homes look good when they are first built. To
see how well a home is constructed look at one that is 4-5 years old. It is very
easy to see the difference then. We can show you some of ours that are 25 years
The building inspectors loved our model. When we
explained what we do and how we do it they were in awe. One inspector made the
comment, “This is the best built log home I had ever seen.” That really made
us feel good. Isn’t it nice to know your
home will have the same quality?
will not compromise!
Every home is designed for settlement! Every house
must have at least 24 inches of roof overhang; but 30 inches is better. Every
log is treated with TimBor (a non-toxic borate) which lasts forever if your home
is properly sealed. TimBor will prevent any termites, beetles or woodborers from
damaging your home. We highly suggest the use of Permachink stain with UV
protectors. Permachink stains and sealers are available from us, saving you
5-10% off retail.
home Designed by us for you, engineered correctly and built properly is less
expensive and of much higher quality than any other company can match. Doing
things right the first time saves you thousands of dollars in the future. When
you are sitting by the fire on a cold wintry night – You will be happy you
Contact: Robin Parker 828-421-9891; email@example.com or
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Design and plan services.
Dry-ins or Turnkey.
Home inspection for lenders and would be purchasers.
Restoration after evaluation.
Maintenance, staining and sealing.
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Need PERMACHINK Products? Call Robin Parker: 828-421-9891 or Jerry Wilkes: 828-421-5505
pioneered building and manufacturing log homes in the southeast USA. Alex
developed settlement systems to allow for log shrinkage before other companies
knew wood would shrink. 35 years and 2000 homes later you can rest assured we
have it figured out.
We offer Appalachian and 8" Round log styles, in Cypress or Pine; custom floor plan designing, the best price guarantee, and quality built to last a lifetime!
Please email or call for more details!
If you already have a floor plan, and land, then you are almost ready to build!
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