September 1, 2009
Fall is a Great Time to Plan for Next Year!
This is the perfect time to start planning for building a new home next summer.
As a TLC newsletter subscriber, you have the opportunity of special pricing, and
this month we are offering a 10% discount off of the current log shell list price for our featured design,
the Valhalla. (See below for details).
This Month's Featured Design
Windows and decks galore...take full advantage of the view and nature
In honor of the approaching ski season, The Log Connection introduces another bold new design.
re-defines the cutting edge of modern log
home design, with its daring prow shed roof and large
decks perfect for a mountainside location.
Covered entry and balcony
The dramatic living room features a soaring wall of
windows, plus a french door to the main deck. The
full height stone chimney accommodates fireplaces on
both floors; all of which is overlooked by a loft style
master bedroom suite featuring views that will evoke
gasps of envy from your friends and guests.
The vaulted kitchen and dining area features doors to
both the deck and a side entry, and is separated
from the living area by the log staircase.
Two more bedrooms, one with its own deck, complete
the main floor.
The living room features a dramatic rock fireplace and vaulted ceiling
The vaulted kitchen and dining room area
View into living room from loft-style master suite
Master suite with french doors to balcony
At $86,450 US for the log shell package, this is an affordable dream home.
As with all our designs, you can customize the basement
plan by adding more bedrooms, a family room...the options are endless.
Remember, as a newsletter subscriber you are eligible for an automatic
10% discount off this price!
If you proceed with a design agreement during September, your price for the
Valhalla log shell will be an even more affordable
a saving of $8,645.
Money saved is money earned!
for September only:
The building season is almost finished, but there
are still a few opportunities
to see a log home being set up on a client's site.
Here are some of our upcoming scheduled deliveries:
- Alberta, Canada: early Oct.
- Golden, Colorado: end of Oct.
- Park City, Utah: late Oct./early Nov.
If you would be interested in seeing one of these, please contact us by phone or reply to this email,
and we will let you know the exact location and date.
Log Home Construction Close Up
There's nothing like the natural combination of stone and wood. With any
type of log home, stone facing is a perfect choice for the foundation walls,
creating a visual impression of solid support for the structure above.
The traditional type of stone facing was, of course, to use real stone.
A particular stone was chosen for its appearance and workability, but also for proximity: stone is heavy, and transporting it was expensive.
Therefore, each small area of the world would use its own local stone: travertine for Rome, brownstone for New York City,
limestone for the prairie provinces and states.
All types of stone have their advantages and disadvantages; granite lasts forever, while
limestone can flake and deteriorate
under the assault of rain and frost.
Of course modern technology gives us another choice: artificial stone.
Usually made using cement and various coloring agents, its main advantage is
there is much less cutting, shaping, and waste involved. The stones are manufactured to fit in various patterns
including corners and straight mortar lines. There are several
manufacturers, the most well known being probably Cultured Stone (see their
for samples and videos)
Thin stone facing
on a post and beam log home
Stream stone (aka river rock) used to face a
With a post and beam home, you have plenty of choice for the finish of the infill frame walls--including stone!
Artificial stone products are very quick and convenient to install for this type of application.
In the picture on the above left, one of the thinner varieties has been used for the entire main floor
exterior facing. It is applied much like a tile, and the entire home can
be faced fairly rapidly.
Where there is room to use a thicker type of stone,
ledge stone or stream stone / river rock (pictured
above right) features more pronounced
shape and variety. The extra thickness adds to
the shipping cost, and also must be taken into
account in the design and structure.
But the rugged appearance can be a perfect complement to the unique natural style of a log home.
Accent stones add visual variety
A great variety of patterns is available,
ranging from the typically regular horizontal courses of ledge stone, to the much more random pattern of fieldstone or river rock.
The particular pattern shown on the left features occasional taller
accent stones within a fairly regular field of
This adds some variety and visually acknowledges the extension of the stone above the base of the log posts.
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Thank you and have a great month!
President, The Log Connection