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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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Weather Considerations not Usually Considered i...

Apr 11 2014 08:25 PM | admin in Articles

As a research meteorologist who specializes in severe weather, I thought long and hard about severe weather as we designed our log home. A colleague once put the problems severe weather pose as follows: it’s not the odds, it’s the size of the bet! Most information about how weather affects homes details the problems of making the home weather-tight, insulation properties, heat loads, etc. These items mainly refer to HVAC considerations. But weather is much more than seasonal averages, or even seasonal extremes, such as the 90th percentile of low or high temperatures. My concern here is with severe weather: the stuff that gets your NOAA weather radio beeping, or your local TV meteorologist showing off their radar. Here I’ll discuss mainly wind survival. Note that I’m not a structural engineer: make sure you work with one who understands your concerns.

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Winter Check List for Log Homes

Apr 11 2014 08:13 PM | admin in Articles

It’s winter, and your log home is now in the most dangerous part of the year. Why?

Because of the weather, it’s not comfortable to get out and look around your home, and in the winter, any moisture we get seems to stay for a while because the moisture doesn’t evaporate as quickly as in the summer. Remember, inspecting your house is the single best tool you have to keeping your log home like new. Regular inspections can keep small problems from ever developing into large repair projects. We will take a look at this month is how a little simple trimming can save you big headaches.

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Really need some help here!

Questions and Answers 19 Sep 2017
Need some advice   OK, better make that a lot of advice.  We really need to tap into the collective knowledge and experience out there.    A few of us are hoping to build a log shelter for ambitious X-country skiers.  We’ll have volunteer help but…well, you know.  Th...
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Karma and the Gift from Cindy Thiede

Questions and Answers 30 Jun 2017
Many years ago we helped Cindy Thiede and Heather Pederson put together a wonderful coffee table book called "The Log Home Plan Book".  We worked really hard on it...re-drew all the plans so they would have a consistency throughout the book and got to include our plan The Willamette.  I...
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Sad Day...Feb. 2, 2017...B.Allan Mackie passed...

Questions and Answers 09 Feb 2017
I was sorry to get a response from Nadina Mackie Jackson, B.Allan Mackie's daughter...just a day or two before I got an email from Tim Bullock that said B.Allan Mackie had been hospitalized and his daughter was requesting letters to lift his spirit.   I got a response from Nadina that he had...
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