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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #10, Is It Worth the Effort?

    Is It Worth the Effort? Log Home Diary Entry # 10 After the past few entries, one might wonder: Is relocating an authentic log cabin worth the effort? Yes, it is worth every minute, every dime and every bee sting. I may differ some afternoons, after preparing maps and documents for the county appearance commission […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #9, On the Road Again: Seeking County Approvals

    On the Road Again: Seeking County Approvals Log Home Diary Entry # 9 My last entry was less about a bump in the road and more about a pothole knocking the tires clear off my truck. Thankfully, we’ve had some relief on the easement issue, so now the situation is closer to driving with three […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #8, Easement Issues

    Easement Issues Log Home Diary Entry # 8 Be skeptical when you purchase land, especially if the word “easement” is mentioned. Some property provides direct access for its owners and does not require an easement; other land requires an easement that allows you to go across another property owner’s land to gain access to your […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #7, Zoning: Residential to Commercial

    Zoning: Residential to Commercial Log Home Diary Entry # 7 I’m not going to pretend to be an adviser or attorney on this topic — I’m far from it. I’m just a log cabin guy with a passion for old authentic log structures and hearing about things of the past from the old timers. There […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #6,Weather Issues: Rain + Snow = Delays

    Weather Issues: Rain Plus Snow Equals Delays Log Home Diary Entry # 6 The ground was saturated. The grass had plenty of water and was in good shape, but that all changed drastically when we brought in the equipment to dig the footers for our cabin. We created nothing but a mud pit. The grounds […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #5, Surveying the Area and Positioning the Cabin

    Surveying the Area and Positioning the Cabin Log Home Diary Entry # 5 At Justice Plantation, there were only two decisions to make in determining where to place the 1808 log cabin. The area where the cabin would be placed on the plantation was a given, but positioning the cabin properly might take a little […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #4, Obtaining Additional Reclaimed Materials

    Obtaining Additional Reclaimed Materials Log Home Diary Entry # 4 Never in my 19 years of authentic cabin hunting have I found a log cabin that was 100 percent complete—i.e., all the logs were intact and in great condition, the roof had no leaks, all the joists and flooring were without sag or rot—just sitting […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #3, Relocating an Authentic Log Cabin

    Relocating an Authentic Log Cabin Log Home Diary Entry # 3 How many disassembling and moving processes must an authentic log go through from the time you find it until it is finally reconstructed? The answer is many times—too many to count. In fact, the more I count the heavier the logs become! The thing […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #2, Bob Timberlake

    Blueprints and Third-Party Inspections Log Home Diary Entry # 2 Obtaining your building permit from the county and/or state can be an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Building inspection offices are for the protection of consumers against people who build or use inferior products. And when it comes to old log cabins, we have […]

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    1808 Log Cabin Project: Log Home Diary Entry #1, Bob Timberlake

    After only 18 months of searching, the 1808 team found the most undeniable setting for their historical cabin restoration.

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    1808 Bob Timberlake Log Cabin Project Diary

    Restoration of a 200-year-old cabin

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    Old Wood, New Life

    Reclaimed timber isn’t cheap, but it offers a world of charm and uses in your new home. Here’s how to find it and gauge its quality.

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    Raised-wood panels Lending a note of formality to a room, raised-wood panels can be found adorning the walls of many a library, country club or elite hunting lodge. The panels appear to be carved and sculpted. Raised-wood panels require a good amount of customization, even with precut kits, and entail a number of specialized tools […]

  14. The Spring Checkup

    Spring is the season of renewal: trees, flowers and buzzing insects all shake off winter’s chill and the world feels reborn. For the average homeowner, though, spring also brings a bit of work. It’s the season of squinting skeptically at that newly discolored board on the deck, or clambering up a ladder to check the […]

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