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Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #11, Preparing to Build Pt. 2

Unwanted tree clearing makes necessary room for this couple's log-home package delivery.
by George and Marlyn Curnow

Preparing to Build — Part 2

Log Home Diary Entry #11
Southwestern Virginia log home project | Open Space

In early summer, we made arrangements with Southland Log Homes to have our log package delivered. As mentioned in the last entry, Southland guarantees delivery on the agreed upon date. There is a cost to delaying the delivery, which escalates the closer you get to the date. If you think about it, Southland has to order logs, kiln dry them and mill them to the specifications of our plan. Once the company starts, it needs to keep the process moving, so it’s not overloaded with inventory. It’s just good business.

The contents of a log-home package are as varied as the number of log-home companies, so this really makes a comparison between different log-home companies less than easy. About the best advice we can give is “read the small print,” so you know what to expect.

Now, the dilemma raised in the last entry was how to manage the delivery, given the obstacles we outlined. The beginning of the solution started with our future septic field. The plan we devised with our builder, Dale, was as follows:

  • We agreed to move the septic field to the new location. It made more sense to us regardless of the delivery issue.
  • Dale arranged for his excavator subcontractor to clear the hardwood trees from the new drain field area to provide the much-needed space for staging building materials. (Note: Cutting hardwoods is not something we looked forward to. But it’s a necessary, less-than-enjoyable part of building to see those beauties fall, so we tried to minimize the impact.)
  • J.C., Dale’s excavator, also cleared some scrub pines and small trees from an area about 25 feet to the right of the driveway entrance. Essentially, this created a way to enter the driveway with the wide loads and avoid the initial sharp turn and the old iron gate mentioned in the last entry. It was still going to take some maneuvering with a variable reach forklift; but a skilled operator could do it without dropping a load.
  • There was still the issue of what to do with the flatbed trucks when they arrived. There is a street directly across from the driveway entrance. We had noted, as had Dale, a large flat area where the grass is kept cut short just off of the rural highway and adjacent to a typical farmstead cemetery. Dale suggested we try to find the owner of that property and ask for permission to park the flatbeds on the grass, unload the pallets and quickly move the materials across the road to the building site.
  • If we were unable to locate the owner, our only remaining alternative was to block one lane of the country road with two flagmen to control traffic. But this was not an ideal solution.


Next, we’ll discuss the final solution and the events of delivery day. However, first we need to take a diversion.

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