MAY 4, 2009
Summer is Building Season!
It's time to start planning your dream log home.
As a TLC newsletter subscriber, you have the opportunity of special pricing, and
this month we are offering a 8% discount off of the current log shell list price for our featured design,
the Cascade. (See below for details).
This Month's Featured Design
From the spacious deck you can enjoy the view of your yard...and your house!
The Log Connection is rolling out new designs in preparation for summer.
is a striking modern post and beam design, large enough to offer five bedrooms yet
small enough to fit on a modest lot.
The welcoming entry porch gives the Cascade a street presence that will suit either
a country or town lot
The open plan kitchen and dining area leads to a stunning living room with exposed log work supporting
a high vaulted ceiling.
Adjoining is a picturesque bay window, which is ideal for either a breakfast nook
or as a casual seating area.
Four main floor bedrooms accommodate a sizeable family, or provide lots of spare room for
guests, hobbies, and a home office.
The log stairway leads to a large loft overlooking the living room.
Completing the upper floor is the master suite with ensuite bathroom, walk-in closet,
and even its own balcony.
The living room features a dramatic log roof structure and a wall filled with windows
A cozy nook adjoins the living room
At $98,000 US for the log shell package, this home is affordable. Add a basement to this design and the
options are endless.
Remember, as a newsletter subscriber you are eligible for an automatic
8% discount off this price!
If you proceed with a design agreement during the month of May, your price for the
Cascade log shell will be an even more affordable
a saving of $7,840.
Money saved is money earned!
for May only:
Log Home Construction Close Up
A handcrafted log staircase can be a gorgeous highlight to your log home.
The style of construction can depend on the type of look you prefer, as well as space considerations.
An eye-catching style is the Scribed Tread (below), where the end of each tread is on prominent view
and the stringers run below them.
However, our prefence is the Mortised style, which features treads housed between stringers (at right).
The tread to stringer connection makes the stair very solid and resistant to squeaking.
And since the railing is fastened to the side of the stringer, it provides great resistance against sideways force.
A "Scribed Tread" log stair, where half-log treads are mounted on top of full log stringers,
both of which are scribed to fit.
The railing is mounted on top of the treads
A Mortised log stair: treads are between log stringers which are flattened on the inside.
The railing is attached to newel posts, which in turn are attached to the outside of the stringers.
Where permitted by space, planning considerations, and budget, a spiral stair (below left)
can be a real conversation piece and center of attraction.
However in many locations building regulations do not permit a spiral stair to be the primary
access to living space.
Because of this and other practical shortcomings such as the
difficulty of moving furniture, we only recommended spiral stairs where there is another
conventional stair servicing the same floor level.
Other custom stairs give our craftsmen a great opportunity for expressing their art.
Character wood pieces can be used for railing newel posts, or even for support posts.
And a curved stair--which is not the same as a spiral--can be a great accent
to a large foyer or great room space.
This type of stair is quite expensive due to the labor involved, but the end effect is dramatic.
A spiral stair being installed.
Here, each tread is attached with steel supports to a specially prepared log post.
The railing spindles will be attached to the top of each tread.
A character newel post on a scribed tread stair.
Note the treads are flared out to fit the base of the post.
A curved stair.
Here, the stringers consist of glue laminated wood strips carefully finished to resemble a perfectly
Nothing sets off the beauty of a log home like wood windows and doors.
For a number of our homes our clients have relied upon
Notch Hill Woodwork to create custom wood windows and doors.
You can find this company at their website:
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You can reach us toll-free at 1-888-207-0210, or you can reach us directly by email
Thank you and have a great month!
President, The Log Connection