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Enjoy Strength & Beauty in your new Timber Frame Home

We spend more time in our homes than most any place. Make a statement and enjoy the Beauty of a Timber Home by Logangate Timber Frame Homes. Our Post and Beam kits allow for expansive vaulted rooms with the warmth of Douglas Fir Timbers. Most Timber company’s use lessor pine or similar Tongue and groove but Logangate ups it one more by providing 2×6 Douglas Fir tongue and groove. Thus all of our ceilings are entirely Douglas fir creating a dramatic and beautiful environment. Douglas Fir is not only beautiful, but it is also the Strongest softwood available. Strength and Beauty what a combination for your Timber Home.

Cantilevered Home

Cantilevered Home

Difficult terrain can be challenging to build on. The Pedestal Home by Logangate Timber Homes has the unique ability to Cantilever 10 feet in all 4 directions. Steep slope lots now become buildable because The Pedestal Home requires only a small foundational footprint. Less foundation, especially on a steep lot, means dramatic cost savings on your foundation. Not only do you get the unique Cantilevered Home but you also can enjoy the beauty of a Timber Home. We offer Classic and Contemporary Pedestal Timber Homes to accommodate anyone’s style and taste as well as offer wide range of plans with different square foot parameters.
Post & Beam Cabins

Post & Beam Cabins

Our Post & Beam style utilizes a post in the wall that supports the Douglas Fir rafter coming down on that point load. Our rafters are 4’ on center thus we typically grow or shrink the floor plans in 4’ increments. We also offer a fully exposed loft floor system using the same Douglas Fir that you would see in the ceiling. Capturing your views is most critical. Our Cabins & Chalet designs do just that. True Timber Home designs do not have attics therefore our clerestories are just that, clear and open which allows us to design glass all the way to the ceiling.
PreFab Timber Home

PreFab Timber Home

Logangate Timber Homes is a Hybrid Timber Home company. We stick build the walls and install windows in our plant, that process is call panelize. With our table jigs we are able to build the walls with much tighter tolerances than if they were built in the field. We pre-cut and sand all the timbers and pull all the material you would need to dry in your new home. You can say the word Kit Home or Prefab Home, but the technical term is Panelized Post & Beam Home. That is what we do.
Quality is our Signature

Quality is our Signature

For over 50 years we have be providing the highest quality Post & Beam homes delivered throughout the country. We have stood the test of time with hard work, excellent service, and providing an exceptional home with exceedingly high value. I welcome you to explore and hope you give us the opportunity to be apart of your dream home journey.

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How to Choose Windows for Timber Home

How to Choose Windows for Timber Home

Timber houses should look attractive on the inside as well as the outside. The interior should bring the warmth of wood feel by picking the right window style for the provision of light, insulation and excellent ventilation. Knowing your option for your window placement and purpose, you might have gone through numerous size, style, and material options before you made a decision.

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Couple Builds a New York Timber Home

Couple Builds a New York Timber Home

Instead of buying a pre-existing home, Brian and Dawn Kempisty decided to invest in their dream home. The timber home was completed in 2009 and the pair was excited to move into the new construction, after four years of financing, planning, and construction. The project was so enjoyable for the couple that Brian took a job with the contracting company that built the home, while Dawn pursued a career as an interior designer.

Building Their Own Timberbuilt Home

Mr. Kempisty says they gained a tremendous sense of accomplishment from designing and building their own home and they each wanted careers that would allow them to relive the experience. This exciting journey started in 2005, when Dawn and Brian decided to sell their Ellicottville, New York home and look for something better suited to their needs and tastes. Instead of looking for something available on the market, the couple began looking into designing and building a timber home.

The couple researched timber companies and eventually narrowed it down to the six best companies in the area. From there, they looked closer at each company and eventually decided that Timberbuilt would provide the best experience. The company is owned by George Klemens and Brian says it was George’s personality and knowledge that really convinced Dawn and himself to give Timberbuilt the job. While the other companies had flashy websites and impressive brochures, the Kempistys were drawn to George’s dedication to customer service and expertise in home construction.

The next step would be surveying the land and Mr. Klemens joined Brian on the 160-acre plot himself to assist in this step. This would help determine the best placement of the home on the parcel of land, which is just four miles the ski village of Ellicottville. Ultimately, it was decided to build the home on the peak of the mountain, so it could overlook the area in every direction.
Brian explained that they designed the home to coincide with the land in a way that would maximize exposure to natural lighting. For instance, the couple’s master bedroom is on the east side, so they can benefit from the early morning sunrise, while the kitchen and covered porch can be found on the western side of the home. This enables them to enjoy dining or sitting outdoors to observe the setting of the sun.

Using the Natural Theme

Brian and Dawn wanted to keep a natural theme throughout the house. This meant using a color palette that mimicked the natural hues of the land, as well as making use of natural building and design materials. Smooth concrete countertops compliment the kitchen’s fine cabinetry and state of the art appliances. Cedar wood, reclaimed and polished, makes up the flooring throughout the home, while cedar timber was used for the exterior construction of the home.

Everything in the home is unique, from the reclaimed wood, which was taken from an old tobacco barn and required patience in acquiring, to the buffalo head hanging above the fireplace. The home was designed to suit the couple’s tastes, which Brian describes as “durable, yet sophisticated”. While there’s a sense of style to the home, it’s also designed to feel comforting and welcoming. Mr. Kempisty says their dream home was never supposed to be so sophisticated that it’s off putting. Instead, he feels right at home walking the dogs, chopping some wood for the fireplace, and returning home to relax. Dawn and Brian Kempisty built their timber home to relax and enjoy and that’s just how they’re using it.

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A Timber Home Built for Two

A Timber Home Built for Two

Carl Stoesz grew up looking at books of old post-and-beam-style houses. He finally has his very own in the from of this 2000 square foot timber dream home in the Blue Ridge Mountains that he shares with his wife Helen. They couldn’t be happier and have named their new baby Dancing Oaks Lodge.

The journey to get here was long and winding. He actually spent years in the Houston suburbs working as an engineer. During that time, he stopped thinking about his childhood dreams of living in a timber home. His lost dream was re-ignited when he tripped across a copy of Timber Home Living one day.

With a rush, his dream sprang back to life. He and his wife promptly began making plans ditch their 1950s rambler and arrange to build a timber home in a secluded wooded locale. They searched for suitable properties on the internet, finally settling on a five acre plot in Virginia.

With a plot picked out, they then spent two years working on the design for the home itself. Helen wanted old house character with plenty of room for guests. Carl was all about good function and efficiency. They would obsess about the details for a time, then set it aside, then come back to it again. This allowed their ideas to germinate and grow over time.

Ultimately, they agreed on a three bedroom, two bath place with few interior walls, a loft upstairs and windows galore. They wanted to get the largest windows they could get without having to pay extra for special safety glass. It’s all about the views.

They wanted to keep the timber elements simple. One design choice driven by this desire is an upstairs loft with a single-layer floor system. They were able to pull this off by using soffits, chases and even a utility closet to conceal wires, pipes and ducts.

They added visual drama and additional usable space for cheap to the upstairs by going with 8-foot gable dormers instead of 4-foot ones. They also bumped out the kitchen by two more feet to get a cook’s dream kitchen. It was totally worth it. Today, Helen spoils everyone with her great cooking, facilitated by a great kitchen.

They stayed within budget by doing some things themselves. Helen did the backsplash work and Carl did the counter tops, though he had a lot to learn to make it happen. They chose white cabinetry, concrete counter tops and stainless steel appliances. These very modern looking pieces were contrasted with traditional warm wood floors.

Carl is an inveterate tinkerer, so their home continues to be improved. However, it is now perfectly serviceable and they can kick back and relax in it as much as they want before being struck by the next project inspiration.

Some touches that give this new house the character of an older house with lots of flair include:

  • The loft bedroom has a salvaged window with wavy glass.
  • The guest bath was fitted with a pedestal sink and Talavera tile.
  • Heat is provided by an energy-efficient wood-burning stove.
  • The master bedroom has French doors instead of sliding glass doors.
  • They added character by changing a closed stairway to an open wooden stairway with floating risers.

Carl is quite smitten with his new home. He says if he won the lottery, he would stay right here. Although he likes tinkering and doing projects here, he doesn’t think another house could be a better place for him.

He’s found his happy place. He and Helen spend lots of time here.

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