Why Buy From A Log and Timber Homes Council Member?

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Why Buy From A Log and Timber Homes Council Member?
Why Buy From
A Log and Timber Homes
Council Member?
Blue Ridge Log Cabins photo
By Abigail Klein
Natural settings are beautiful,
but can present some obstacles
to the construction process. Log
and Timber Homes Council members are adept at working with
even the most challenging sites.
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RIGHT: Every type of
buildable wood species
and timber profile are represented in the LTHC.
To find a log or timber
home producer, you’ve
got two great online
resources at your
disposal: nahb.org/
logandtimberdirectory
and loghomes.org. For
additional information,
contact the LTHC at 800368-5242 ext. 8576.
W
monitor the quality of the materials. This
about building your log
1. PART OF A PRESTIGIOUS
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION The Log
or timber home one of
and Timber Homes Council is part
construction meet the national standard
the biggest questions
of the National Association of Home
for log home construction (called the ICC
you may ask yourself is “who should I buy
Builders (NAHB). Often called the
400-2012 Standard on the Design and
from and work with to make my dream
“voice of the housing industry” in the
Construction of Log Structures) and re-
home come true?” Competing for your
United States, NAHB is a trade associa-
gional building codes and the engineer-
business are hundreds of companies in
tion that encourages policies that make
ing requirements behind them.
the United States, Canada and beyond,
housing a national priority. Since 1942,
ranging from large companies and small
NAHB has been serving its members,
inspector looks at the attributes of the
mom and pop shops, to local sawmills.
the housing industry, and the public
wood (knot clusters, slope of grain) and
With so many options who do you trust
at large. The Log and Timber Homes
determines for what type of structural
to get the job done properly? We suggest
Council is part of the NAHB’s Building
application that timber is best suited. It
choosing a member of the Log and Timber
Systems Councils, an association of
is a way of being certain that the log will
Homes Council. For nearly 40 years home
manufacturers, vendors and builders
do the job it is intended to do, in terms of
buyers have trusted members of the Log
who create log, timber, modular and
strength and performance and provides
and Timber Homes Council to make their
panelized single- and multi-family
a layer of protection for the home buyer
dream home a reality.
homes and commercial structures. As
by establishing a standard level of quality
the trade association for the housing
for all logs used in the home.
The companies that belong to the Log
ensures the logs and timbers used in
A visual log examination by a trained
and Timber Homes Council have voluntari-
industry, it is fully funded by voluntary
ly adopted membership requirements that
member support. The association and
protect consumers during the buying and
its individual councils receive no gov-
3. PROVIDING IN-DEPTH
CONSTRUCTION MANUALS
building process. They work together to
ernment funds.
Constructing a log and timber home is
advance the industry, sponsoring re-
far more complicated than just stacking courses of logs. To ensure homes
building techniques and construction
2. YOU’RE GUARANTEED QUALITY
LOGS & TIMBERS To belong to the Log
code understanding. Here are the top 11
and Timber Homes Council, manufactur-
building codes, all council members
reasons to only buy from Log and Timber
ers must grade their logs and timbers
are required to develop and provide
Homes Council members:
by accredited third-party agencies to
construction manuals to builders and
search in energy performance, advanced
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are built to meet national or regional
Satterwhite Log Homes photo
ith all the decisions
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contractors. The construction manuals
member’s work in public, or take unfair
9. A STRICT CODE OF ETHICS All
detail how the manufacturer’s building
advantage over fellow members. Each
members of the council have adopted
system is to be employed in the field,
member agrees to conduct his or her
a strict ethics code. Upon joining the
including fastening schedules, floor and
business in a manner that avoids con-
Council, members voluntarily agree to
roof building techniques, and more.
troversy, but that if controversy arises,
produce well-designed, model-code
to resolve the dispute through non-liti-
complying structures. Members also
4. PROVIDING INFORMATION
TO CONSUMERS All LTHC members
gation mechanism wherever possible.
agree that financial obligations and
agree to offer free information to con-
tivities with their customers would be
sumers to help them make informed
7. MORE THAN THREE DECADES OF
WISDOM & EXPERIENCE Founded in
decisions during the buying and build-
1977, the original Log Homes Council is
all parties concerned. Member compa-
ing process. This includes the fund-
one of the oldest organizations dedi-
nies assume the responsibility to keep
ing of LogHomes.org, which provides
cated to promoting and improving log
informed on laws, regulations, legisla-
detailed information to consumers
and timber building technologies. As
tion, building codes and other essential
through its Buyer’s Guide: The Perfect
the industry and home buyer prefer-
information that affect the log and
Path to Your Dream Home. Information
ences have evolved, so, too, as the
timber industry.
is also available at www.nahb.org/
Council, and the recent inclusion of the
logandtimberhomes.
timber framing industry to form the
commitments regarding business acin writing, with copies distributed to
5. SPONSOR SCIENTIFIC STUDIES
TO ADVANCE LOG & TIMBER
CONSTRUCTION The Log and Timber
that. Many of the original charter mem-
10. ETHICS COMMITTEE WILL
ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE ANY
DISPUTES What happens if there is
bers are still active in the association
a dispute involving a company that
today, bringing a wealth of wisdom and
belongs to the Log and Timber Homes
Homes Council has sponsored numer-
experience to log and timber home
Council? After hearing all sides of
ous scientific studies to improve the
design, construction, and preservation
an issue, the Log and Timber Homes
technology and performance of log
and serving as proof of the strength
Council Ethics Committee will suggest
structures. This has included measur-
companies that belong to the LTHC.
ways to resolve the issue and prevent
Log and Timber Homes Council reflects
ing the thermal performance of log
future conflicts. The company in ques-
construction (good news—log and
8. LTCH MEMBERS GIVE BACK
tion may also receive a warning with
timber homes stay cool in summer
Log and Timber Homes Council mem-
specific recommendations on bringing
and warm in winter!), measuring sound
bers firmly believe that they not only sell
its actions into line with accepted in-
transmission through log walls (good
homes to the markets they serve, they
dustry practices. If an agreement can-
news again—log and timber homes are
proudly give back to their communities
not be reached, the Ethics Committee
quieter than their stick built counter
and those who fight to keep our nation
will advise all parties to pursue legal
parts), measuring the fire performance
free. Over the years, members have
solutions. If, however, a member of
of log walls (yet more good news, logs
come together to help provide housing
the Council fails to live up to the ex-
tend to protect occupants longer than
for those less fortunate, to compile their
pectations of the council, the Ethics
stick framing) and more.
culinary prowess to publish a cookbook
Committee has the right to revoke or
to help fight cancer, and, most recently,
suspend the company’s membership.
6. FAIR COMPETITION FOR YOUR
BUSINESS Members of the council
to provide time, talent and materials to
abide by the free enterprise system,
Iraqi-war veterans and their families,
11. COMPLAINTS AGAINST NONMEMBERS ARE MONITORED While
where companies compete on a level
as well as the families of the fallen, with
the Log and Timber Homes Council
playing field for their clients’ business.
partners, Operation Finally Home and
has no way of mediating disputes
Members agree that they will not at-
the Structural Building Components
with non-members, a file is kept on all
tempt to injure, with malicious intent,
Association. These moving and worth-
non-member complaints. The Ethics
either directly or indirectly, the profes-
while projects are a key component to
Committee reviews this file when con-
sional reputation of other members,
what the LTHC stands for and are a testa-
sidering a log and timber home manu-
nor to indiscriminately criticize another
ment to the integrity of its membership.
facturer for membership.
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ADVERTORIAL
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: Southland Log
Homes photo; Expedition Log Homes photo;
Rocky Mountain Log Homes photo
Log and Timber Home Council members will
tailor your home’s design to meet all your
aesthetic and structural needs. So whether
you want a traditional log-on-log with
chinking and a hewn finish (below), a sleek
ranch with saddle-notched corners, (bottom
right) or a hybrid that blends wood, stone and
drywall (right), look to the LTHC to provide
your legacy. You can find a member
at loghomes.org or nahb.org/logdirectory.
“When was the last time you bought
DID YOU KNOW that log and timber
homes are considered systems-built
structures? This classification comes
from the systematic approach to
building the homes, as well as the
controlled environments in which they
are crafted. Other building systems
methods include modular, panelized
and concrete, and often these systems
combine to make for a truly unique and
high-performance house. The National
Association of Home Builders’ Building
Systems Councils represents all of
these types of housing and the highly
anything from anyone who not only
harvests the raw materials, but also
designs and crafts the finished product?
You will find everyone from the sales
rep to the owner of the company have
something in common with you: They
share the same passion for living in a
log and timber home as you do.”
skilled men and women who build them.
For more information about building
systems, please visit the Building
Systems Councils’ website nahb.org/bsc
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-Doug Terrell, VP,
Blue Ridge Log Cabins and
2014 chairman of the Log and Timber Homes Council
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Presented by these members of the Log and Timber Homes Council.
APPALACHIAN LOG STRUCTURES
Appalachian Log Structures offers the latest technology
available to custom design, precut and pressure treat log
home building material packages. Over 65 standard floor
plans are available. Cabins, log siding, log railing, and maintenance products are also available. ALSI offers several log
profiles and corner styles. Visit us at www.applog.com or call
(866) 564-4663 for more information.
COVENTRY LOG HOMES, INC.
CLH is factory direct supplying the best materials. We
use pre-cut, kiln-dried logs that are certified and graded.
Our complete packages are delivered for $1 in EST/CST.
Packages include: Advantech sub-flooring, Andersen®’s
best windows, Therma-Tru doors and more.
Always the Best Quality & the Best Value.
CELEBRATING
20
800-308-7505
[email protected]
coventryloghomes.com
866-564-4663
applog.com
YEARS
Est. 1993
EXPEDITION
LOG HOMES
At Expedition Log Homes
we pride ourselves on
using a process that
starts with raw logs harvested from sustainable
forests. We control waste
by cutting to yield, provide superior quality by
kiln-drying and enhance
the natural beauty by
hand-crafting with a
drawknife. Our national
design services include
engineer stamped plans
for your custom home.
Love where you live —
Call or visit us today!
877-250-3300
ExpeditionLogHomes.com
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GASTINEAU LOG HOMES
Since the pioneer days, people have preferred the qualities of
oak. Imagine the feelings of safety and security while being
surrounded by this notorious wood. Wrap yourself in the
strength, durability and beauty of an oak log home. The oak
logs, beams, trim, stairs and railings all complete the picture…
choose a Gastineau Log Home.
800-654-9253
[email protected]
oakloghome.com
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HOCHSTETLER MILLING, LTD.
HONEST ABE LOG HOMES, INC
800-368-1015
HochstetlerLogHomes.com
800-231-3695
[email protected]
honestabe.com
Hochstetler Milling, Ltd. has been in business since 1986. Our
mill-direct operation enables us to produce the finest quality
log homes for a reasonable price. We offer over 40 standard
plans or can custom design your home. Visit our models and
experience the log home lifestyle yourself.
Since 1979, Honest Abe Log Homes has designed and manufactured energy-efficient, custom log and timber frame
homes. HALA’s building systems are precut, notched and
numbered. Doors and windows, subfloor, second-story
beams and tongue-and-groove, roofs, porch or deck materials, interior trim, interior doors and interior tongue-andgroove complete the package.
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PERMA-CHINK SYSTEMS INC.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOMES
800-548-3554
permachink.com
406-363-5680
[email protected]
rockymountainloghomes.com
Perma-Chink Systems Brings New Shades to Wood.
For log home enthusiasts, nothing is more beautiful than rich
tones of wood. With a nod to global trends in color and style,
Perma-Chink Systems, a manufacturer of wood finishes, created Lifeline Accents. The newest member of the company’s
Lifeline™ family, Accents offers a palette of colors to increase
décor options inside or out, and bring new inspiration to wood
homes. In addition, Perma-Chink Systems offers a complete
line of specialized sealants, preservatives and cleaners made
for the unique needs of log, timber and wood-trimmed homes.
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In a world where anything can be reproduced, we celebrate
the one material that has passed the test of time. Still, nothing matches wood in versatility or beauty. The color tones,
textures, flexibility and even sound integrity has inspired
artisans for thousands of years. We carry on a time-honored
tradition, simply put—We Love Wood! We offer installation
and turnkey construction management services.
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Presented by these members of the Log and Timber Homes Council.
SATTERWHITE LOG HOMES
Featuring house logs made from dead standing timber, trees
killed by natural causes. Environmentally responsible, superb
quality and low cost. Satterwhite sells manufacturer direct,
with no middlemen. An American family business serving
American families.
STONEMILL LOG & TIMBER HOMES
StoneMill specializes in the design, fabrication and construction of log, timber frame and hybrid homes across the United
States. For over 40 years, we have helped homeowners who
are struggling to find the right company to turn their home
vision into reality.
Call us; we’re ready to begin!
800-777-7288
[email protected]
satterwhite.com
800-438-8274
[email protected]
stonemill.com
Not Just Anyone
CAN JOIN
the
TIMBERHAVEN LOG HOMES, LLC
Your Dream... Our Passion. It’s not just our tagline. It’s our
foundation for how we do business.
• Kiln-Dried Laminated and Solid Logs
• Graded and Certified Logs / Lifetime Warranty
• Free custom-design services
• Dozens of Log Profile & Corner Assembly Combinations
• Name Brand Components & Most Complete Package
We are ready when you are.
Let’s get started!
Photo©joesephhilliard.com
LOG and TIMBER
HOMES COUNCIL
PEACE OF MIND comes
standard when you buy
from these companies.
Grade logs and timbers to ensure structural soundness
Adhere to a rigid code of ethics
Provide a complete construction manual
Offer training to builders and contractors
Sponsor research to raise log and timber home
standards nationwide
855-306-5678
timberhavenloghomes.com
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Agree to offer truthful and accurate
information to both buyers and builders
Look for the Log and
Timber Homes Council logo
or visit loghomes.org
for more information.
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