Tim Firkowski's Log Home Diary
As I find the time, it is my hope to document the events that lead to the final construction of my Log Home. I will be curious to find out if anyone finds this useful. If anything, it will be an outlet for my thoughts during my adventure. :)
- 1995: I decided I WANTED a Log Home, but I was living in Houston, Texas, and did not wnat to stay there, so I would have to wait until I found a place to put down roots.
- September 1996: I took vacation in New Hampshire, and fell in Love with this State.
- 5/3/99: After visiting new Hampshire every Fall since 1996, I finally moved to New Hampshire.
- 5/21/00: Attended the Log Home Living, Log Home Building Seminar in Boston, and learned from attendees that I should begin my search for the land I would like, due to the fact that finding the right land is almost the hardest part of building a Log Home and may take some time.
- 5/23/00: Began my search for land by going to the town halls of the closest town near where I would be interested in building. I first was interested in Tax Deeded property, but if any would be available it must be put up for public auction. I discovered that with each towns rules, it will be a difficult hunt.
- June 2001: I again was searching for that right piece of land, with no Luck. I again paused my search till next year.
- March 2002: I began my search for land again.......and this time I hit paydirt! I finally found a piece of land!!!!
- May 2002: I closed on 5.3 acres of land. I had been saving rigorously, and was able to pay cash for it.
- June 2002: I began surveying this piece of wooded acrage. and purchased a used backhoe with some left over cash. I also purchased a transit, and began surveying the 5 acres of woods (WHAT A TASK........all the trees made it slow going..).
- September 2002: Finished surveying the land, and was able to creat a terrain map with the data on my computer using VECTORWORKS. Seeing the map allowed to to see the best location for my house. I began moving rocks and knocking down trees with the backhoe to clear the area for the future driveway, which will be about 370 feet long.
- November 2002: I stopped my tree clearing till Spring next year. I still have to find my builder & tweak my ideas....That is a good project for Winter.
- February 2003: After working over some design ideas.....I submit my ideas to 9 Log Home builders that I choose to start the elimination process until I find that 1 Log Home builder which will bring my dream of a Log Home to reality.
- May 2003: It has been a tough search finding the right Log Home Company for my needs. I had originally wanted a handcrafted Log home, but the costs were more than I am able to afford, so I looked at milled Log Homes. My choice is Lodge Log Homes, because of price, helpfulness of the local reps, style I was looking for and of course...Price. I met with Don and Sue Medly from Log Log Homes New England to discuss my idea for the design of my Log Home. The area where I wanted to put the house was still wooded. Don and Sue suggested I first clear the area of trees so that it made it easier to help with the designs. Began clearing all the trees for the rest opf the driveway and where I want to put the house. I cleared up to 10' from the outside of where I want to put the house. I want the house close to the trees, but want to keep some distance from the roots of the exsisting trees and the foundation.
- April 2004: It was a short winter, so I am able to get started early this year. Last year I lost a lot of time, because of my tractor breaking down and spending most of the summer in the shop getting repaired. I opened up the stone wall for the driveway
- May 2004: Removed topsoil from the first 130' of the driveway, and put in fill to the level I want the driveway. Cleaned up all brush & misc cut wood along the drive. Met with Don and Sue Medley from Lodge Log Homes New England to discuss the house designs now that the area for my home is cleared of trees.
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