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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.

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.

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.

Unique Timber Home

If you’re considering a timber home for your family, you are about to embark on a home investment that is unique, breathtaking, and beautiful. One unique timber home style to consider is the pedestal home. The pedestal home is an incredibly unique and beautiful type of timber home.

Logangate Timber Homes Enhances Home Living

If you are thinking about building a home, there is certainly a lot to consider. You must choose a builder with years of experience and a rock solid reputation. Here at Logangate Timber Homes, we’ve been building the highest quality homes for well over fifty years. 

Why You Should Choose a Beautiful Timber Home

Logangate Panalized System

There’s just something to be said about the strong rustic stylings that timber homes possess. Whether it’s because of their “old world” charm or stupendous architecture, the allure of a timber home cannot be escaped. Often, people dream of having a retreat home in the mountains or some other wilderness setting. With Logangate Timber Homes, you don’t have to dream about it any longer, instead, you can live it. Our timber homes are designed to be affordable so that anyone can enjoy the rustic beauty of our great architectural designs. What makes our timber homes so affordable is the way in which they are built.

There are two ways that a timber home can be constructed; one is by use of timber framing and the other is post & beam construction. Our specialty here at Logangate is post & beam construction. The reason why we choose this method over timber framing is largely because of the affordability and turnaround time. Post & beam uses simpler connections or steel plates to connect the components. These connectors can either be exposed or hidden depending on your preference.

If exposed, they offer a great visual aspect to your timber home that cannot be found in timber framing. The use of prefabricated materials helps cut down on labor cost and expedites the erection of your new timber home. These are stark advantages over the more traditional timber frame construction. Essentially, you can have the beauty of a timber frame home in less time and for less cost. In fact, a well-built post & beam timber home is nearly indistinguishable from a timber framed home.

The advantages that our post & beam construction have to offer can be seen in all of our timber home models. Whether you’re interested in the Swiss architecture of the Grand Chalet, or the cozy design of the Sugar, you can be certain that your new timber home will look great and be done affordably and in a timely manner with Logangate. For more information about our timber homes or about the advantages of post & beam construction, contact us today!

Choosing the Right Timber Home Floor Plan

Choosing the right floor plan for your new timber home can be a difficult task because there are so many gorgeous options out there. At Logangate Timber Homes, we offer several floor plans from which you can choose, or you can design your own.  Our Homes are either 24’ or 28’ wide and the length is variable in 4’ increments, i.e. 24 x 36, 40, 44.   Fortunately, we’re here to help you decide which type will be perfect for you. The styles we offer are the Chalet, Grand Chalet, Cabin, Grandfather, Appalachian, Nantahala, and Sugar. Each of these homes is built with exceptional quality and are beautiful in their own right. Despite all of them being floor plans for timber homes, they each offer a distinct charm separate from one another.

Features of Each Floor Plan:

  • Chalet: Inspired by Swiss architecture, this style has gained popularity in the U.S. for its charm that is reminiscent of a secluded mountain home getaway.
  • Grand Chalet: A larger version of the Chalet floor plan, it has a similar architectural design but with the addition of extra space with one or two wings on either side.
  • Cabin: The aesthetics of a cabin are perfect for complementing the natural wooden environment. The Douglas firs used to create our cabins are very durable and give your home the strength it needs to withstand the wilderness.
  • The Grandfather: A large 2-story timber home featuring a large garage space, covered porch, and an optional fourth bedroom. This beautiful home is perfect for a family vacation home or for those that want to live with the luxury of a large timber home. 
  • Appalachian: Smaller than The Grandfather but similar in aesthetic quality, the Appalachian floor plan is great for smaller families or couples that desire the charm of a semi-spacious timber home.
  • Nantahala: This floor plan provides a quaint timber home with vertical paneling and a cozy second floor that contains two bedrooms, a bath, and a loft.
  • Sugar: Despite it being the smaller option of our timber homes, Sugar creatively uses its space to provide two bedrooms, two baths, a loft, storage area, and more.

No matter which floor plan you choose, each of our timber homes is designed to look great in the scenic environment of a wooded area or a suburban neighborhood. Logangate Timber Homes has over 50 years of experience providing timber home living to homeowners everywhere. To learn more about which floor plan will work best for you, contact us today!

Choose a Respected Timber Home Company

Building a Logangate Timber Home is an experience far different than building with any other company. It’s a choice that reveals your sense of style and the importance you place on being kind to the environment.  No matter what style home you are leaning towards, we will deliver the highest quality home built in an eco-friendly manner.

One of our most sought after home-styles is our timber home. What makes our them so special is that instead of having a standard flat drywall ceiling you can have an expansive timber frame style home. This can be done for relatively the same price as a standard home. The difference between the two is remarkable. The post and beam method of construction gives our homes their distinct vaulted wood ceilings, which are supported by the strength of Douglas Fir timbers.

All of our wall and roof components are built in a controlled factory environment to give them the highest level of craftsmanship so your home with be of fantastic quality. Building in this manner also ensures that you get the tightest, energy efficient construction possible so your home is capable of maintaining a comfortable temperature all year. Panelized homes from Logangate allow for faster dry times and can be shipped anywhere. Additionally, the option to customize your floor plans gives you the ability to plan accordingly for what you’ll need for your new timber home. You can choose a width of 24ft. or 28ft and increase the length by 4ft. increments (36ft., 40ft., 44ft., etc.).

At Logangate, our commitment to sustainable living means that your new home will be incredibly air-tight and energy efficient. We are ready to assist you with making sure that your home will be as energy efficient and durable as possible. We are always on the lookout for new technologies and better methods of green building throughout the industry so we can extend that knowledge to your home. We offer the highest quality homes built in a very eco-friendly manner so contact us today for more information on how to get a timber home of your own.

Choose the Perfect Cabin Home from Logangate

If you love to surround yourself with the beautiful look of wood and appreciate rustic charm, our Timber Home plans are the perfect choice for you! At Logangate Timber Homes, our cabin kits are prefabricated which means we stick build the walls, pre-cut the Douglas Fir Rafters, and fabricate the insulated roof panels in our manufacturing facility. By doing this, you are ensured precision that can’t be duplicated on site. Using prefabricated materials allows you to have a quicker build time and a more energy efficient cabin. Once the cabin materials are created, we ship them directly to your final building site.

Logangate Cabin Benefits Include:

  • Durable materials: Douglas fir is known throughout the industry for their strength and durability, so you can feel confident your cabin will last for a long time.
  • Energy efficient: The airtight seals of your prefabricated materials help reduce energy bills, plus you get an insulated roof panel system with R-values from R-33 to R-48 and the passive solar design maximizes natural efficiencies.
  • Quicker Build Time: Your cabin kit is built quicker than traditional cabin construction because parts are pre-built, reducing the cabin materials exposure to inclement weather and moisture.
  • Quality Control: Reduced defects and drafts because our manufacturing facility allows us to make your home more factory-controlled.
  • Variety: Large selection of cabin & chalet plans available that are customizable to fit your needs. 24 or 28 ft. wide to whatever length you want in 4 ft. increments, i.e. 24×36, 40, 44 etc.

Our cabin kits include the highest quality materials, including gorgeous Douglas fir timbers. Our efficient way of building allows us to have your cabin ready much faster than traditional construction. We are dedicated to using renewable sources of energy and we strive toward zero waste. For over 50 years, Logangate Timber Homes has been dedicated to providing you with the highest quality homes possible. Our goal is to provide gorgeous eco-friendly homes at affordable prices, and our cabin kits are just one of the many ways we accomplish this.

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Asheville, NC