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Log Home Restoration

Apr 20 2014 12:07 AM | admin in Articles

For those of us who are privileged to own or work with buildings made of logs, we should recognize they have special needs and familiarize ourselves with the maintenance they require and prevent problems that may occur. We at West Coast Restoration have a passion in restoration and construction needs that will keep your log home looking, as it should for many years.

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Borates and Log Homes

Apr 19 2014 11:43 PM | admin in Articles

Let’s talk for a bit about borate treatments for your log home. If you’ve never heard of them, you are probably asking, why would I want it? Well, do you hate the thought of termites of all kinds eating at your house? How about Carpenter ants, Old House Borer beetles, powder beetles, and post beetles? Finally, how about Brown Rot, White Rot, mold, mildew and other wood decaying fungi? I didn’t think so. You know, borates can and do kill all the above insects and organisms. Sound a little more interesting now? Let’s get started.

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Laundry Room Design: start early, I did

Apr 19 2014 11:40 PM | admin in Articles

55 years ago, when I was four, my mother had an old Westinghouse wringer washer. I would snuggle up, with my back against that warm living machine down in the basement. It would go slosh wash, slosh wash, slosh wash all afternoon long...just like some giant mechanical heartbeat. Warm and cozy under a blue car blanket...sitting on an orange crate (they had wooden crates then) I spent my winter afternoons snoozing away. Ah, those were the days.

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Log Restoration Sheds Light on Construction

Apr 19 2014 11:23 PM | admin in Articles

We all know that log homes require some annual maintenance, and sometimes the maintenance is more involved, depending upon the climate. For instance, in Western Washington we have considerably more rainfall than many other states. This demands more attention to the maintenance of a log home—climate can quickly damage unprotected logs. I restored a log home in Hawaii where the climate is hot and humid and the logs on this particular log home were so covered with black mold that, in some areas, it had the appearance of having caught fire.

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Visualize This!

Apr 16 2014 11:16 PM | admin in Articles

For my first article that will grace this re-incarnated front page of Log Homes on the Internet, I want to examine the role of design and speak of its future. Undoubtedly, we shall return to this topic many more times in the years to come. Since this is the culmination of my life’s work and passion, I’d like to show you why it is so cool and what talent and technology have in store for us all. Please bear with my erratic thinking here. My mind is something of a billiard ball.

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10 yr old logs and no heat in winter weather? yes/no?

Questions and Answers 29 Oct 2014
Hello,   Long time.  I wonder if the experts can help explain what happens to logs if the log home is shut up for the winter for the first time. White pine.  8"D logs.  Michigan.  Very cold.  Too expensive to heat it at 50 degrees without anyone being there.  So...
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Log Homes Buy/Sell/Rent 28 Oct 2014
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No Log Homes Here 19 Oct 2014
So I have seen two Teslas in two weeks....   The first was last week while re-building my younger daughter's covered porch deck in Portland.  She and her family had taken me out for a nice dinner and while crossing the street a beautiful dark red one was waiting for us to cross.  I...
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