in 1981 I was reading a magazine in a waiting room in
Torrance, California, and in the back in the classifieds
was a small photo of a gambrel (barn-like) log home.
It was love at first sight for me and my dream until
I made it a reality.
away for every log home catalog that I could find and drove
to every local log home dealer in my area to look at the
different log companies' products. Unfortunately we were
always disappointed by the finished products we saw back
stumbled upon Lodge
Logs by accident in Big Bear, California, while lost
looking for another company's home. The first thing we noticed
while driving by and making our U-turn back, was how 'perfect-looking'
it seemed. The dealer drove us around to another dozen or
so Lodge Log homes and they all were just as "perfect".
We were so impressed we flew up to Boise to see their factory.
They used kiln-dried lodgepole pine so that there would
be no settling and less weight for installing. They also
made a "curf" cut when milling to minimize the
exterior checking. The company, even back in 1983, was computerized,
and could make a custom log home "kit" from my
We ordered our logs from California and had them delivered
to our land in Black Forest, Colorado and put our home up
like a Lincoln Log kit with one foreman from the factory
and local soldiers and their families from Fort Carson.
It went up quickly, cleanly and correctly. Every log was
numbered and there was a computer print out which showed
where each log went. We had an experienced carpenter to
help with the post and beam construction of the interior
and roof and then finished off the rest of the home ourselves.
Use my 20 years of experience with logs to avoid the pitfalls
that can happen. I've "been there and done that"
and can help you realize your dream of owning a log home,
whether you purchase an existing one or build your own.