When log home lovers have made the decision to build a log home, and are trying to decide on which company to go with, we almost always get this question – “What is the difference between building a Timber Block home and a traditional log home?”
For a good explanation of this answer, we talked to Ray Venema – He is the 2011 President of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, as well as a member of the West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for which he has served as President and Vice President. He has been named that association’s Builder of the Year in both 2004 and 2008. Ray has been involved in the home building industry for 37 years, and is also a Timber Block dealer, and a former builder of traditional log homes.
We asked Ray to compare building a Timber Block log home to a stick built log home…
” A stick frame home will require multiple trades people to achieve the dried in stage that Timber Block prefers for comparison. In one day the Timber Block log home package with a crew of three or four tradesman, accompanied by the Timber Block technician can erect with an on site crane, all of the exterior walls, typically within one business day. Day two the roof trusses are installed, roof sheathing and shingles started. Day three and four the interior wall partions are erected and second floor finished. By the end of day five all exterior doors and windows are installed and the home is dried in and protected from inclement weather. This assumes perfect weather conditions and is a home that is an average of 1800 square feet of living space.”
Ray also tells us the time frame to complete the rest of the construction is much shorter with Timber Block.
“A stick frame log home to accomplish the same tasks with similiar size crew will take up to six weeks to construct the traditional log home exterior walls; and to accomplish the dried in stage the time will take a minimum of eight to ten weeks to achieve the preferred dry in stage of completion.”
Because of Ray’s extensive experience as a builder, we wanted to know the added benefits to a builder when building with Timber Block.
“The benefits to a builder are: Faster dry in stage equals less complications or damage due to weather concerns. Financial draw schedules and cash flow improve rapidly vs traditional log homes because each stage of construction is achieved faster and therefore the builder improves ability to pay vendors and has more turns on their cash flow. Ultimately, builders will see improved gross profits because of the Timber Block efficiency.”
We asked Ray to explain some of the difficulties a person can come across when building a traditional log home.
“Some of the difficulties of building a log home can be a long drawn out building time, weather damage to onsite materials, traditional logs having to be cleaned from dirt and mud from the site. Parts may be missing and manufacture has to ship via motor freight or other means. All the material is shipped and paid for at time of delivery using higher cash reserves. On site storage can be a problem depending on site conditions. Windows and doors shipped must be protected for up to two months while waiting for log home framing completion. Typically no staining occurs at the factory. While TB applies first coat of sealant at their factory.”
To learn more about Ray Venema visit www.susquehannabuilders.com
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