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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
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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.   The Valhalla re-defines the cutting edge of modern log home design, with its daring prow shed roof and large decks perfect for a mountainside location.
See exterior pictures on our web site
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.
Visit The Valhalla on our web site
The living room features a dramatic rock fireplace and vaulted ceiling
See interior pictures on our web site
The vaulted kitchen and dining room area
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View into living room from loft-style master suite
Visit The Valhalla on our web site
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 $77,805 US, a saving of $8,645.  Money saved is money earned!
Special Offer
for September only:

10% discount
Upcoming Events
Log shell being set up on site
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.
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Stone Facing

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 web site for samples and videos)
thin stone facing
Thin stone facing on a post and beam log home
stream stone on a chimney
Stream stone (aka river rock) used to face a tall chimney
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.
stone pattern with accents
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 horizontal courses. This adds some variety and visually acknowledges the extension of the stone above the base of the log posts.
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Stephen Hancock
President, The Log Connection
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