Our Projects: Log Home

The 10-inch round, red cedar log home in being built by the owner in the Pacific Northwest, This 24’ x 32’ chalet style home features a 8’ gable end porch.

From the owner:

For years I have wanted to have a log home almost as much as I wanted mountain property well off the beaten track. The quandary came when I found the property I wanted, but its remoteness and steepness, which meant no power, water or even reasonable road access made me wonder if a cabin was possible. I was concerned that making the cabin work out was going to be difficult if not impossible, but discussed the options with Hank Schaffeld at the Tri-City Sportsman show. Hank told me that nothing was impossible if I had the commitment.

I will never forget the process and end result as long as I live as this project was a big undertaking, and consider Hank a friend and one of the hardest working guys around. I would finish by saying I have the cabin I wanted, and Hank was true to his word and work and continues to help. He is welcome at my place anytime.

 

– Kevin

Read more of Kevin’s letter and other testimonials from Gold Valley Log Homes customers.

 

 

It all started with a dream, a steep solid rock mountain top, pile of rocks and…
this view.
Combine this with hard work and perseverance and you get a foundation that is a prime example of how you can build your home in a remote location where getting a concrete truck to your building site is impossible. Using these basalt stones and type S mortar, the foundation was built. This is the same method of construction that was used before concrete was used as a building material, with the improvement of the very strong mortar that holds the rocks together. It was designed by a certified engineered to meet all building code requirements. All of the buildings on this site have the same type of foundation. It’s like going back in time 100+ years.

Here we see the floor system being built, ready for decking in preparation for arrival of the log home material package.

Due to the size and up to 28’ long logs, some being 12” in diameter, a boom truck was needed to lift the logs into position. Logs 16’ long or less were placed by hand without the aid of the boom truck.

Here we see all of the logs around the site in preparation for the log stack to begin.

The owner is blessed with some very good friends, some coming from as far away as Texas, to spend all nine days assisting with the log stack. If you look closely you will see a variation to the normal Swedish cope style of logs with saddle notch corners. These logs have a double tongue & groove connection which provides a superior stable joint between the logs allowing for a double insulation/seal between the logs. It also makes it much easier to maintain a level, plumb and square structure as the logs are assembled.
At the end of day 3 we were ready to place the header logs that pass over the window and door openings.

 

 

Placing the header logs with the aid of the boom truck.

 

 

The log loft floor system is in place ready for the capping log that passes over the floor joists. This will be decked with 2×6 T&G to form the loft floor.

 

 

A pair of rafters were put in place at the proper roof pitch at each end to establish the height of posts to support the ridge beams. Then the ridge beams were flown and secured to the posts.

 

 

The purlins were then positioned following the same procedure. Much to the credit of the building crew, all of the walls are perfectly plumb, level and square which allowed for all of the ridge beams and purlins to be positioned perfectly in line and elevation. Because the stone footings for the porch posts were not in place yet, the porch header and posts are being assembled from the top down with temporary bracing in place awaiting the installation of the support posts.

 

 

With the proper guidance, support and service dreams can come true. It’s even better when that guidance is on site, hands-on.

 

 

Attaching the top of the king post under the ridge beams. 
In nine days the hard log work was finished, ready for a few more in the gable ends and completion of the roof system.
After a week back at work to rest up, Kevin returned to the cabin site to infill the gable ends around the window openings and place the remaining rafters in preparation for sheathing the roof. It is really taking shape to be the cabin he has been dreaming of having for many years. 
The metal going on the roof.
Kevin’s two sons were a great help building their cabin.

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