Timberline Log Homes Company
427 Orondo Avenue • Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Office: 509-662-0731 • Email: loghomes@nwi.net

Web Address: www.TLineLog.com

A division of Mertes Adco

Log Home Packages/Kits • Log Cabin Packages/Kits • Log Lodge Packages
Post & Beam Packages • Designs & Plans • Log Construction Materials

HALF LOG SIDING with saddle notched corners • Traditional LOG SIDING



Timberline Log Homes Company can -

 Serving - Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico,
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin,
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Massachusetts,
British Columbia, Alberta, and all regions of the United States and Canada

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Whether considering a log home, log cabin, log lodge or log commercial building, Timberline Log Homes Company can provide a materials and design-plan package to meet your needs at very attractive prices that enhance value even more.  Choose from a selection of more than 200 home and cabin designs, and modify as desired. Or a complete custom plan can be provided according to your specifications. We can also work from log home designs and plans generated by other sources including architects, or convert a conventionally framed design into a log home.  Options include Basic Log Packages to Complete Materials Packages customized to your needs.

 From small log cabins to grand log homes and log lodges, Timberline has a reputation for quality and value.  Choose 6-inch to 16-inch, Swedish coped logs, available in either pristine standard or more rustic cabin grades, D-profile logs, or half-log siding with the option of full-round saddle notched corners.

Environmentally friendly, Timberline's source of logs is dead stands of trees with robust wood that have recently succumbed primarily in the Rocky Mountains. Utilizing dead standing timber helps to preserve the environment by not depleting the living stock of trees. Instead, we utilize a resource that would normally be wasted and left to rot. When a dead standing tree is harvested, a seedling replacement is planted to take its place. Compared to structures built from 'living' trees, the naturally low moisture content of dead standing timber substantially reduces problems associated with extensive shrinking and settling while subsequently making the logs easier to utilize as a building material and less expensive for the home owner. Since logs from dead standing timber have minimal moisture content, which reduces weight, full log gable ends are standard in Timberline Log Homes' packages. Because of engineering concerns, as well as prohibitive cost, full log gable ends aren't usually a viable option when logs with high moisture content are utilized. In addition, the completion time for building is more rapid with low moisture content logs because it isn't necessary to pre-stack the structure at the mill and let it sit for up to a year to allow for shrinking, before disassembling, restacking and finishing on the building site. Timberline log homes,
on the other hand, are built only once and take about the same length of construction time as a conventional structure.

Another popular option offered by Timberline is to conventionally frame the structure and apply saddle-notched log siding to make it appear to be built with full logs from the outside. Saddle-notched siding is often a popular choice for garages as well as remodels of conventionally framed homes and cabins. 

 Timberline log homes are well designed.  Precision notching and Swedish coping, along with Oly and hog screws, insulating gasket and adhesive, makes each course of the log shell fit together tightly.  Because Timberline's milled logs are in a naturally dry state ideal for log construction, settling and shrinking are minimal.  The result is a log home that fits together well without having to deal with problems sometimes associated with other log construction. 

 Look through the informative TLine web site, send us your
questions, and, if desired, specify design elements you want in a log home, log cabin, or log lodge by using this web site's Pre-plan Estimate page as a guide and email your specs to us. In turn, we will calculate an estimate at current prices based on information you provide and email it back to you often with suggestions and options.

You can depend on unsurpassed value with Timberline log homes.

Steps in planning a log home or cabin

1) If financing from a lending institution (bank, mortgage company) is to be used, then determine how much you qualify to receive. This is very important - there isn't any sense going through the process of choosing or designing more log home or cabin than you may be able to afford. Nowadays, especially, a good early step is to request a Pre-Plan Estimate by emailing to loghomes@nwi.net. Use the pre-plan estimate form as a guide to information to include. Based on averages for a specific size and style of structure, along with specified design elements, you'll be able to get an idea of prices and costs at current rates. This allows you to adjust expectations to meet your budget. Also, many people aren't aware that a construction loan typically won't be issued unless a professional builder is involved to guarantee that the project will be completed to a specified degree in a timely manner. Consequently, 'do-it-yourselfers' need to have enough 'cash' to substantially complete the home or cabin without need for financing.

2) Decide where the log structure is to be built and purchase land. Purchase of the building site should always come before 'falling in love' with a design. If you haven't already purchased land for your log home or cabin, then prepare to spend somewhere between 15% and 40% (or more) of the construction costs on a 'piece of dirt' depending on its size, location and 'desireability'. Because the building site plays an important role in determining log home design elements including dimensions, it's important to secure land before investing too much time and energy into the specifics of design. It isn't wise to put the cart before the horse. A word of caution - a building site that seems like a bargain, priced substantially less than another, may turn out to be more expensive after factors associated with site prep and building are taken into account. It is often advisable to get imput from your realtor and/or general contractor regarding 'buildability' of a certain piece of land and what may be required to prepare the building site.

Once you've found and purchased terra firma for a log home or cabin, a location in a rural area may mean that engineering evaluations will need to be performed including septic perc tests and design, soil characteristics and compaction assessments, addressing environmental concerns as well as the drawing of a site plan. Be prepared to spend $8,000 to $30,000 on a septic system if one is necessary. A well may also need to be dug in many cases. All of these elements often play a role in determining where the log home is to be situated.

3) Make the design work for you. The design process at Timberline Log Homes typically begins when a selection of log home elevation drawings and floor plans is emailed based on specifications that the customer has provided. In most cases, design elements and floor plans are ultimately modified to meet individual needs - almost all the plans are custom to some degree. Timberline Log Homes can also work from drawings generated by other sources, including architects. At this point, when the basic structure and design elements are known, a Preliminary Estimate is provided to make sure budget considerations are accounted for and, if not, to help guide in making necessary adjustments. Once drawings are completed keeping boundary setbacks and terrain in mind, then engineering of the design to the specific building site location is required in most states. If the lot is heavily wooded, then trees may have to be removed in order to prepare the building site as well as to create space for machinery and materials.

After drawings are completed and stamped by a state licensed engineer, then, in most cases, the general contractor submits them to the local building department for approval and issuance of a building permit. In the meantime, specific log takeoffs, cutting and notching at the mill and assembly of the materials package are completed. At this time, site preparation usually commences with road construction or improvements, preliminary grading and excavation. Once the building permit is issued, then foundation work begins followed by the delivery of the log home package and erection of the log shell.

It may seem like a lot to accomplish, but the process really isn't any more than what would be required on the same site if the structure is conventionally 'stick built'. The timeline, if building with logs, for design & engineering, site prep, permitting and construction usually extends twenty to sixty weeks depending on the complexity of design elements, size of the structure, permitting load of the planning department, schedules of builders and subcontractors, and specific location of the building site.

It's important to be realistic when beginning the process of having a log home or cabin built. It will take some time to complete, and don't expect otherwise. But don't forget that a Timberline log structure often turns a rather ordinary piece of land into something quite special, and a spectacular site into something absolutely incredible. Either way, a Timberline log home package becomes an investment to appreciate.


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