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NEW!!! 8″ x 12″ D-Shaped Laminated Logs

Are you familiar with Tim ‘The Toolman’ Allen’s nonverbal expression of “power” and “strength?” The iconic grunt went hand-in-hand with every souped-up home improvement project Tim performed. An evil eye from his counterpart (either his wife or his business partner) usually followed the grunt, but the fact that ‘The Toolman’ really could do things bigger and better was evident.

Timberhaven recently manufactured the largest logs in our profile repertoire. When our production manager, Randy, called the office demanding everyone come to the shop RIGHT NOW, we thought group looking at laminated log assembly, laminated logs, kiln dried, quality, Timberhaven, log homes, log cabins, log cabin kits, Pennsylvania log homesthere was an emergency. Turns out he only wanted the entire staff to see the final outcome of his team’s 8” x 12” D-shaped laminated logs…and to hear his classic Tim ‘The Tool Man’ roar. Rightfully so, these logs are stunning – their size, strength, and beauty is undeniable. And Randy isn’t the only one mesmerized by the product. Our staff is in awe of the bigger and better logs, too…uuuuuuahhh!

So…what makes these laminated logs so special?

We start with premium White Pine material which is expertly kiln dried to an average moisture content of 9%. The kiln-dried material is then planed down to uniform 2x plies. The high-tech engineering process of gluing and compressing begins. Click here to see the process. Samples of the timbers are tested to ensure their breaking tolerances meet or exceed 1,300 psi as set forth by the industry standards (ASTM D905 and AITC T107). Kevin, our expert technician, will tell you the wood breaks before the glue seal every time!

While the lamination process was in progress, the guys in the planer mill were installing specialized cutting knives that are needed in order to produce the 8” x 12” D log profile. The knives are tested to ensure exact placement. Adjustments are made accordingly and then retested. Once finalized: profile perfection!

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 Laminated Logs: 8″ x 12″ D Profile

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Here’s a closer look at the actual 8” x 12” D profile. There’s no denying its massive size, but what you should also know about these laminated logs is:

  • They are strong! Alternating grain of the individual plies during the lamination process provides superior strength and stability. You won’t find a stronger, straighter log.
  • The overall look is refined! There’s virtually zip, zero, zilch checking.
  • The logs are dry! Dried to an average moisture content of 9% to be exact. There is no shrinking or twisting of the logs and no interventions required (like the adjustment of screw jacks) for a home that is going to settle.
  • You have options! The overall awesomeness of the laminated process allows us to offer additional, larger, log profiles. Hence the NEW 8” x 12” profile line.

The 8” x 12” series is available in the following profiles: Single Notch, Double Notch, Double V-Groove, and D (as illustrated in this article).

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Laminated Logs: 8″ x 12″ Corner Options

The logs our professionals produced were cut with Dovetail corners. This unique corner option is growing in popularity but Mortise & Tenon and Trim corner options are also available with this product line.

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Laminated Logs: Get your FREE brochure!

IMG_1587If you are interested in additional information about our special 8″ x 12″ laminated logs, click here to download a FREE copy of our Award-Winning Scientifically Speaking: The Facts About Kiln-Dried Solid & Laminated Logs brochure. Or email info@timberhavenloghomes.com to request a brochure by mail.

Wounded Vet Honored with Timberhaven Log Home

Dozens of non-profit agencies throughout the country have joined forces to provide donations and operation support to build “smart homes” for America’s most severely wounded veterans and their families. Earlier this Timberhaven log home in Ararat, VA, JB Kerns wounded warrier project, honored to support, Timberhaven Log Homes, log home, log cabin, log cabins, log kits, laminated, kiln driedfall, these efforts lead to a customized “smart” Timberhaven log home for Cpl. J.B. Kerns of Virginia. The purpose of this new custom home is to help increase J.B.’s self-reliance and ease the burdens of care for his families and caregivers. Suppliers from across the country, including Timberhaven Log Homes, combined efforts to provide materials and services for this special project.

 

 

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Designing This Custom Timberhaven Log Home

Timberhaven’s drafting staff also stepped up to the plate when it was time to design this one-of-a-kind floor plan design for log home, Timberhaven log home in Ararat, VA, JB Kerns wounded warrier project, honored to support, Timberhaven Log Homes, log home, log cabin, log cabins, log kits, laminated, kiln driedhome. In fact, the team worked effortlessly to design a space based on efficiency and functionality, given Cpl. Kerns’ needs. The final plan boasts nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of wide-open space plus 1,490 sq. ft. of outdoor living areas – it adequately accommodates Kerns’ needs and is stunningly beautiful at the same time.

Before finalizing the design, our team found great joy in adding this exterior living space – JB’s back porch and deck. The Mount Airy News reported that when asked to name his favorite part of his Timberhaven log home, without hesitation, Cpl. Kerns mentioned “the back deck just outside the living room.”  This area overlooks the 16-acre parcel the home sits on.

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The Country says thanks with a Timberhaven Log Home

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Cpl. Kerns, and all past and current members of the Armed Forces, Thank You! Timberhaven Log Homes is honored to support you, and we hope you and your family enjoy an abundance of happiness this holiday season.

A Wisconsin Log Home Christmas Wish from Timberhaven

Is it the feeling you get when you pull into your driveway and set eyes on your dream home?

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Is it the smell of White Pine when you walk through the front door? front porch of log home decorated for Christmas, Timberhaven log homes, log homes, log cabin kits, log cabins, Merry Christmas, stone fireplace, fireplace in dining room, natural light, white pine

Perhaps that something for you is the stunning great room or the dining room table set for your family’s Christmas dinner. There’s no denying the ambiance created by these homey homes.

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If you asked the team at Timberhaven Log Homes why they are so passionate about their work, do you know what they would say? “We love log homes. There’s just something about them.”

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Because there is also something about this time of year that brings an inner sense of peace and innately fills your heart with joy, we come to you this week without an insightful log home message. We want only to share a bit of the palpable, contagious cheer with you by wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We sincerely hope the spirit of season finds you and fills your home.

From the Timberhaven Log Home family to yours, Happy Holidays!

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Wounded Vet Honored with Timberhaven Log Home

Dozens of non-profit agencies throughout the country have joined forces to provide donations and operation support to build “smart homes” for America’s most severely wounded veterans and their families. Earlier this Timberhaven log home in Ararat, VA, JB Kerns wounded warrier project, honored to support, Timberhaven Log Homes, log home, log cabin, log cabins, log kits, laminated, kiln driedfall, these efforts lead to a customized “smart” Timberhaven log home for Cpl. J.B. Kerns of Virginia. The purpose of this new custom home is to help increase J.B.’s self-reliance and ease the burdens of care for his families and caregivers. Suppliers from across the country, including Timberhaven Log Homes, combined efforts to provide materials and services for this special project.

 

 

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Designing This Custom Timberhaven Log Home

Timberhaven’s drafting staff also stepped up to the plate when it was time to design this one-of-a-kind floor plan design for log home, Timberhaven log home in Ararat, VA, JB Kerns wounded warrier project, honored to support, Timberhaven Log Homes, log home, log cabin, log cabins, log kits, laminated, kiln driedhome. In fact, the team worked effortlessly to design a space based on efficiency and functionality, given Cpl. Kerns’ needs. The final plan boasts nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of wide-open space plus 1,490 sq. ft. of outdoor living areas – it adequately accommodates Kerns’ needs and is stunningly beautiful at the same time.

Before finalizing the design, our team found great joy in adding this exterior living space – JB’s back porch and deck. The Mount Airy News reported that when asked to name his favorite part of his Timberhaven log home, without hesitation, Cpl. Kerns mentioned “the back deck just outside the living room.”  This area overlooks the 16-acre parcel the home sits on.

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The Country says thanks with a Timberhaven Log Home

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After being wounded in Afghanistan, Cpl. Kerns spent a year recovering and rehabilitating at Walter Reed front of custom design smart home, Timberhaven log home in Ararat, VA, JB Kerns wounded warrier project, honored to support, Timberhaven Log Homes, log home, log cabin, log cabins, log kits, laminated, kiln driedMedical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The triple amputee was proudly serving the US Marines when he was critically wounded.

Cpl. Kerns, and all past and current members of the Armed Forces, Thank You! Timberhaven Log Homes is honored to support you, and we hope you and your family enjoy an abundance of happiness this holiday season.

Post & Beam Construction: Introduction – Part 1

Timberhaven Log Homes is well-known in the industry for providing superior customer service and log homes that are built utilizing:

  • Kiln-dried laminated and solid logs that are dried to an average moisture content of 9%
    (laminated) and 19% (solid).
  • Graded and certified materials that ensure only the finest logs and timbers are used.
  • Wood components that are backed by a lifetime guarantee

But did you know that Timberhaven provides these same quality kiln-dried materials and exemplary services for those looking for a post & beam home?  If your heart is looking for a dream home that makes you harken back to the pioneer days and envelopes top-notch craftsmanship – and deep down you know a full blown log home is not for you – then maybe a post & beam home is the best option.

What is post & beam construction? 

Post & beam construction is a method of building the framework using upright and horizontal beams.  The upright members are referred to as “posts” and the horizontal members referred to as “beams.”  Hence post & beam construction.post & beam construction, heavy timber, Timberhaven log homes, log cabins, post & beam, home under construction

This photo illustrates the members to which we are referencing.  What you see here is the framework for the first level wall.  The heavy timbers are placed and secured in such a way that no further wall framing (like with conventional construction) is needed but the framework maintains the same structural integrity.

What is the difference between post & beam and timber frame construction?

Generally, there is some confusion between the terminology “post & beam construction” and “timber frame construction.”  The two methods of construction provide similar elements whereas heavy timbers are used to construct the framework of a home, barn, etc.  The difference between the two methods is how the heavy timbers are assembled.corner assembly for post & beam construction, lag bolts used, kiln dried, heavy timber, Timberhaven log homes, log cabins, post & beam

In post & beam construction mechanical fasteners (3/4” x 12” lag bolts) and in some instances gusset plates are used to join adjacent timbers.  You won’t find metal in the joinery of a true timber frame home.  Homes built utilizing this traditional method, rely on hand-cut tight fitting mortise and tenon joinery and large wooden pegs to secure the adjacent timbers.

 

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Quality materials for post & beam construction

For this particular project, Timberhaven supplied 8” x 8” posts, 8” x 12” beams, and 6” x 12” loft joists.  These members are of highest quality as they conform to our drying and grading standards.  post & beam home, under construction, heavy timber, Timberhaven log homes, log cabinsOur experts additionally certify these materials so that we are providing only the best materials to our customers.

In the next few weeks we are going to thoroughly outline the construction of this one-of-a-kind post & beam home.  These heavy timbers are as solid as they are beautiful; and we cannot wait to show you how this custom home becomes a true work of a