Timberline Log Homes Company
427 Orondo Avenue • Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Office: 509-662-0731 • Fax: 509-663-0186 • Email: loghomes@nwi.net

Web Address: www.TLineLog.com

A division of Mertes Adco


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

SWEDISH COPED LOGS • D-PROFILE LOGS
HALF LOG SIDING with saddle notched corners • Traditional LOG SIDING
LOG HOME BUILDING MATERIALS • LOG RAILING
LOG POSTS • ROUGH SAWN • LOG STAIRCASES • T&G WOOD


AS DEMAND INCREASES, PRICES RISE FOR LOGS. THE TIME IS RIGHT TO MAXIMIZE VALUE! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CURRENT LOW PRICING BY ORDERING YOUR LOG HOME PACKAGE FOR 2014 OR 2015 DELIVERY NOW. CLICK ON PRE-PLAN ESTIMATE TO GET AN IDEA OF CURRENT PRICES FOR THE LOG HOME OR CABIN YOU WANT. YOU'LL FIND THAT TIMBERLINE LOG HOMES AND CABINS ARE EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU MAY HAVE THOUGHT!


IF IT CAN BE IMAGINED, WE CAN CREATE IT

Timberline Log Homes Company can -
• TOTALLY CUSTOM DESIGN PLANS
FOR YOU
• MODIFY ONE OF OUR MORE THAN 175 EXISTING DESIGNS TO YOUR SPECIFICATIONS
or
• WORK FROM A DESIGN CREATED BY ANOTHER SOURCE


 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


See the Timberline Log Home or Cabin of the Week by clicking
here on FEATURED LOG HOME PLAN


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, now at very attractive prices that enhance value even more.  Choose from a selection of more than 175 plans, modify as desired, or a complete custom design can be provided. 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 a Basic Log Package to Complete Materials Packages customized to your needs.

 From small log cabins to grand log homes and log lodges, Timberline has a reputation of quality and value.  Choose 6-inch to 16-inch, Swedish coped logs, available in either standard or cabin grades, or D-profile logs.


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, but, rather, using 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 making it easier to build and less expensive for the home owner. Since logs from dead standing timber are drier, which makes them lighter, and are less costly, 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 on this web site's Pre-plan Estimate page and we will email back an estimate of prices based on current  costs. 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 incurring unnecessary expense by working toward more log home or cabin than you may be able to afford. Nowadays, especially, a good early step is to submit a Pre-Plan Estimate request through the Timberline Log Homes web site (click on Pre-Plan Estimate at the top or bottom of web site pages). 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 involved. 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 is 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 building site location is usually 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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