We get this question all the time.

“Can I build the home myself?”

Yes, there are certainly times when the Timber Block homeowner can do plenty of the work themselves. As your logs are cut, insulated, sanded, pre-stained and stacked in our factory, the home is delivered to the build site by truck, in panelized walls. A Timber Block technician will be on-hand for the wall raising. (The wall raising typically takes about a day or so). Then your home needs to be dried in.

We asked professional builder Ray Venema his opinion of this question.

“A consumer can build a Timber Block log home, assuming they have framing skills to begin. However due to time factors and speed of construction, a novice consumer may elect to handle other trades and rely on a professional to install the Timber Block log home – that takes typically one day to accomplish. Having the correct tool inventory and understanding proper utilization of the crane, directing helpers without knowledge is a receipe for problems. With Timber Block’s guidance and skilled craftsmen, the Timber Block log home in America will carry a lifetime warranty. For one day’s worth of contracting for TB field installation, consumers generally opt for the professional installers.”

Ray says it’s very important the homeowner does his/her research.

“Consumers should interview builders to develop the knowledge and understanding as well as seeking Timber Blocks professional installation advise from their assigned representative. Generally a local home builders association can refer its members of good standing to interview and select based on their skill set. Home builders associations have literature to provide or steer the consumer to information to help them with the knowledge to engage a builder or general contractor. Some consumers act as the general contractor and arrange for all or parts of the construction process to be sub-contracted for. Again, the consumer should have detailed knowledge about the building process, local zoning ordinances, and International Residential Code compliance regulations for each trade. The local code inspector will hold the consumer responsible for code compliance issues and that could become an issue with the sub-contractor, the consumer and the code enforcement officer. Typically the code enforcement officer shows no mercy to the consumer and the project can experience delays that will cost time and money not forseen in advance.”

Ray Venema is a Timber Block Dealer, and former builder of log homes. He is also the 2011 President of the Pennsylvania Builders Association and has 37 years experience in the building industry.

To learn more about Ray, visit him at www.susquehannabuilders.com

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