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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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Log Home building is not quite dead....

Announcements, Tradeshow Schedules, Statistics, etc. 05 Oct 2015
Well Its Happened Again Dept:  Just when I'm trying to retire and down size, an old client wants to build an addition on to her log home.  That plus several "stick" houses, a stock plan sale has kept me busy ALL year.  It is stranger than fiction.  The Great Recession made us...
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Copper and Cedar Deck Handrailing

Questions and Answers 07 Sep 2015
I did this hand rail the other day. I had everything here to make it. I used copper and brass for the flowers and leaves. I shaped them with a leather sand bag and some shaping hammers I made along time ago. I also carved vines and leaves into the wood as well , I played around with some copper t...
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Elk Designed Handrails

Questions and Answers 07 Sep 2015
I live next to a large area of wood where I go hiking in the woods on the Elk trails. The elk pick out a tree and rub the velvet off their antlers. It scars them up and the trees heal up over time. After so long they pick out another tree usually pretty close. I harvested a few of them and dried...
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It's off to Burning Man

No Log Homes Here 30 Aug 2015
Gonna do it.  Tomorrow 5-6 AM.  See you all on the 8th of September with tales to tell.
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Wow, LHOTI is still gonig...

Questions and Answers 07 Aug 2015
I honestly thought it would be dead by now...although no posts for 4 months, it might as well be...   I don't have much to add, trying to get some ambition to start working on my project again...honestly surprised my project is not officially dead yet, life has taken it's toll on me......
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