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Lakefront Log Home Project: Log Home Diary Entry #13, Preparing to Build Pt. 3

Our blogger couple watch as the logs for their dream home arrive.
by George and Marlyn Curnow

Preparing to Build — Part 3

Log Home Diary Entry #13
Southwestern Virginia log home project | Open Space

As indicated in Entry 11, we were able to locate the owners of the land where we wanted to offload the building material to save time and money, and provide safety for the workers. Real-estate records and a bit of detective work helped us locate the land owners. It turns out that he is a prominent judge in an adjacent county. The response to our request was very neighborly, so now we are set for delivery.

As advertised, Southland Log Homes dispatched three fully loaded flatbed tractor trailers on the exact day promised. To add a bit of humor to our excited anticipation, we received a call from one of the drivers. The poor guy was speaking with a heavy accent and a rapid voice that must have been a couple octaves higher than normal. He was begging for help and directions that would get him off the dangerous mountain road he was on. Being so new to the area, we were of little help. The driver had apparently followed his GPS and missed signage that gave truck drivers warning to avoid the steep mountain terrain of Route 116, which is a series of sharp switchbacks both up and down the mountain. All we could picture were white knuckles on the steering wheel. The only thing he could do at this point was to keep going.

The first truck arrived right on time with a different driver than we had spoken with. The first driver chose a less-challenging road and seemed to know the area quite well. The drivers are apparently dispatched in sequence, so they aren’t stacked up at the building site. The other driver would likely have benefitted if the trucks had traveled in a convoy.

Our builder, Dale, and crew were waiting and wasted no time beginning the offloading process. The plan we devised in Entry 11 was working flawlessly. Not long after, the second truck with the “lost” driver arrived. He had calmed down, was a total gentleman and quickly got return-trip advice from the first driver. Prior to finishing the unloading of the second truck, the third truck arrived with another very professional driver.

Just for the record, our log-home package, in part, includes pre-cut kiln dried 6-by-8-inch southern yellow pine logs rounded on both sides, log siding to cover sill plate and dormers, log porch lintels and posts, ceiling beam system between floors, custom engineered metal fasteners to draw the logs together, etc. We opted out of standard roofing, interior doors and pine flooring, as we wanted to work with our builder for those items. We definitely customized the package to our liking, and we definitely had three full loads.

All three loads were expertly shipped on pallets, which made the process move quickly. The offloaded material was transported to the site of our future septic field, so we are ready to go.

Now, the only thing left to do is to deliver a thank you and a nice basket of fruit to our neighbors for the use of their land.

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