About Avalon Log Homes
Avalon Log Homes - Blending Luxury with Nature Avalon Log Homes is your Log Home connection all over the USA & Canada. Our expert team provides the finest quality log products and planning services to make your dream home become a reality. Log Homes, Custom Homes, Custom Design Services,
Avalon Log Homes was founded by industry veterans and seasoned business
Professionals with close to a century of collective experience and more than 1000
log & conventional homes built. While Avalon Log Homes is certainly not the oldest log home manufacturer in the business, or the biggest, we are absolutely committed to becoming one of the world’s premier log home manufacturers.
Since our inception, we've built our business and strong reputation on a few basic
Core Values that guide everything we do. These include Integrity, Pride, Service,
Stewardship and Quality. Operating in this fashion has helped us grow Avalon Log Homes to be one of the fastest growing, most well respected log home
manufactures in the business.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Log Cabins and Termites
By Log Home Builders Association
Many people erroneously believe that log homes are very susceptible to termite infestation and damage. In reality one could argue that log homes are less susceptible to such damage than stick framed homes - especially if preventative measures are taken during the construction of your log home.
Let's first look at the real reason that termites can cause so much damage to a stick frame home. With a stick frame home they can enter into wall cavities undetected. A termite infestation unseen is a termite infestation untreated. Once in the cavity the termites remain unseen, nibbling, chewing, breeding, and generally ruining your home.
Over a 5 to 10 year span you might find many structural supports within an infected home to be significantly damaged and weakened. Often the first sign of such damage is when the homeowner goes to replace a piece of sheet rock during a small remodel - and that small remodel soon turns into a full scale renovation or even a demolition.
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Pouring Concrete During Cold Weather for Log Cabins
By: Log Home Builders Association
Sometimes, out of necessity or eagerness, you may start working on the foundation of
your log home in the middle of winter. Pouring concrete during cold weather can be a
little tricky, because pouring concrete in freezing temperatures can cause serious
problems. If you really want to pour concrete in winter there are some easy precautions
you can take in order to help ensure that you’ll end up with a rock solid foundation.
First off, let’s talk about what can happen if you pour concrete in cold weather without
taking any precautions. Concrete cures through a chemical process that both creates and
requires heat. If it cools too rapidly, due to cold weather, it can be seriously weakened
(not desirable). You can also end up with fractures in your foundation caused by water
freezing within the concrete, or can have spalling problems.
Generally the kind of cold weather that can negatively impact freshly poured concrete is
3 consecutive days of 40 F or below (average temp). Even if the temp is bouncing
between the 40’s and 50’s you might still have problems. Effective communication with
your concrete supplier, and checking your local weather report, should give you the
definitive answer as to whether or not you’ll need to take extra precautions against cold
weather at the time of your pour.
If you do end up needing to pour concrete in cold weather, then there are several different
precautions you may want to take:
1) There are ‘anti-freeze like’ admixtures that can be effective at stopping the water
within concrete from freezing. Such an admixture will extend the temperature range in
which concrete can effectively cure.
2) Air-entrainment admixtures also help concrete deal with low temperatures by trapping
tiny air bubbles within the mix, which in theory gives the freezing water someplace to
gather without damaging your foundation.
3) A load of concrete can also be heated prior to leaving the yard. Starting out at a
higher temp means it’ll stay warmer longer and can resist the cooling action of the cold
weather long enough to form a good, solid set.
4) You can also request a mix of concrete that has extra cement added to it. That can
help the mix quickly develop the strength needed to handle freezing temperatures.
5) Order a ‘drier’ mix of concrete. Since there will be less moisture within the mix that
can freeze, the freezing effects of the temperatures will have less of an effect.
6) Use insulating blankets or insulated boxes to cover your foundation or pier blocks.
This will help trap in the heat of the concrete preventing it from cooling too quickly. You
can also use a ‘heated box’ of some sort if the weather is really cold.
When pouring in cold weather your concrete supplier will likely recommend one or more
of the above precautions. Pay attention to what the supplier recommends, because after
all they are the one who will be most familiar with what works best in your area – at the
time of year your doing your pour.
While waiting for spring or summer may make the construction process easier, working
on your foundation in winter is sometimes possible provided you take appropriate steps.
Be sure to talk with your concrete supplier about what precautions to take.
For additional information you can check out the following resources:
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STAINING DO’S AND DON’TS FOR YOUR LUXURY LOG HOMES
By Michigan Wood Products
Proper preparation of your log siding product before staining, as well as the staining procedure itself, can ensure that your finished logs or log siding exceeds your expectations or the expectations of your client. Here are some valuable tips for the proper preparation of the wood, and application of wood staining products.
Log Quality is Critical: The sap-ring in log measures 2/3 the diameter of the tree trunk. .
Sap causes what is typically seen as a blued or black blotches on the wood -- even with
the very best of stain applications! ALL the sapwood should be pulled aside during the
drying and milling process. Simply stated, using inferior log siding products milled from
sapwood may be inexpensive to begin with, but in the long run will cost more time and
effort to maintain and will result in less satisfaction with the appearance of the home.
Prepare the Log Siding: Use a TSP wash (Tri Sodium Phosphate) to open up the
cellular structure of the wood so the stain will penetrate further into the grain.
Stain Quality: It’s always best to research the different stain qualities available at your
local stain store. Check online to make sure you are getting the quality you want for the
money you want to spend. There are a wide range of products, and of course, the best
products are the most expensive. Even a quality stain will not wear well if preparation is
inadequate or sun exposure is excessive. Look for guarantees and for stain life
expectancies as published by the manufacturer. Follow all manufacturers’
recommendations for product preparation and stain application.
Stain Application: Stain doesn’t go on like a coating of paint and doesn’t function like
paint in the protection of your log siding product. Unlike paint, stain is designed to soak
into the wood. Two healthy coats of stain back-brushed into the wood itself are much
better than one heavy coat of stain, which sits on the surface. If you apply your stain like
a thick coat of paint, the stain will ultimately chip, crack and peal.
Color Choice: The predominant enemy of stain is the UV rays of the sun. Lighter stain
colors will fail faster than darker stain colors because UV rays penetrate further into the
lighter colored product.
Limit Sun Exposure: If you are still designing your home, you might want to position
your home in relation to the sun in order to minimize sun exposure. It’s always good to
have an 18 – 24 inch overhanging soffit on your roof to keep your log siding out of the
sun as much as possible.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Landscaping Your New Log Home
The landscape of your home goes deeper than the roots of your plants. Proper drainage is essential to your landscape. Before you even begin to think about plants and flowers, your site will need to be graded for good drainage. Surfaces like driveways, patios and walkways should also slope away from your home to keep rainwater from running off into your foundation.
You'll need to handle rainwater on your site through downspouts that correctly funnel water away from your home.
In some areas, irrigation is a concern. If you live in one of these areas, you'll need to plan ahead for a system that waters your lawn and landscape, or use xeriscaping, a landscape system that employs plants with lower demands for water and fertilizer.
See the rest of this article at http://www.avalonloghomes.com/log-homes-landscaping
Decorating Your New Log Home
The overall livability of your new Avalon log home has as much to do, if not more, with how it's decorated as it does with its design and construction. Anyone who has ever built a new home can tell you that the demands of the design and building processes can easily result in decor planning taking an unfortunate back seat. In an effort to ensure that your Avalon log home is as cozy on the inside as it is impressive everywhere else, we've assembled the following information, courtesy of Log Home Living, to assist you with your decorating strategy. See the rest of this article at http://www.avalonloghomes.com/log-homes-decor-decorating
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Finding Luxury Log Homes Builders
The relationship between you and builder should be one of trust & comfort. You must be able to trust your builder and feel comfortable with the choice you made.
Avalon Log Homes partners with only exceptional quality builders and holds them to strict standards of quality and conduct. Unlike most companies, Avalon's extensive network of authorized dealers is comprised of mostly seasoned builders. As an Avalon Log Homes homeowner, you can be assured that our builders are some of the finest in the business. Prospective log homeowners who are currently sourcing qualified builder should consider the following guide courtesy of Avalon Log Homes. See the rest of this article at http://www.avalonloghomes.com/log-homes-builders-construction
Financing Options for New Luxury Log Homes
Though certainly no small task for most, securing the financing funds required to pay for your log home project is certainly not insurmountable thanks to the numerous log home financing options available today. In fact, log home financing options have greatly expanded over the last few years, despite the claims of naysayer's (see Log Home Myths). The following information, courtesy of The Log Home Council, discusses recent developments within the log home financing market. See the rest of this article at http://www.avalonloghomes.com/log-homes-financing-cabins
Full Log Gables on Luxury Log Homes (Yes or No)
Full log gables on milled projects is a source of much debate in the log home industry.
Recently, Avalon Log Homes took up this issue and analyzed the pros and cons
of both options. Following much thought and research, Avalon Log Homes
has chosen to offer log sided gables as the standard and full log gables as
“The decision was based both on feedback we received from dealers
and our capability to mill siding product to match the wall logs” said Roy Williams, Production Manager of Avalon Log Homes. “By going with siding vs. full
logs, we’re able to reduce the settling concerns and allows us to be more competitive too” Williams added.
Clarence Pond, Avalon Log Homes Mgr. of Operations cautions that
builders take special care when framing gable-ends to ensure the installed
siding will be flush with the wall logs. Detailed instructions regarding the
installation of gable and dormer siding are included in Avalon Log Homes Construction Manual.
For more information regarding this and other luxury log homes information go to http://www.avalonloghomes.com