Frequently Asked Questions
with Treehouse Log Homes
||What log homes does
Treehouse Log Homes offer?
Treehouse Log Homes offers handcrafted "chinkless”
style log homes of the very highest quality. We utilize winter-harvested timber from the higher altitude, dryer
areas of Northern Canada. This
climate provides for slow growing trees (80-140 years old), which produce
uniform growth rings and minimal knots. Our homes are hand peeled and hewn together using the
Scandinavian Full Scribe
method with Norwegian saddle notch corners.
Please note that all of the timbers used in our homes are Timber
Products Inspection graded and stamped to verify the quality.
||Do I have to assemble my own
Treehouse Log Home?
||NO. As part of every Treehouse
package, the log delivery and assembly are included and completed by our skilled re-set crew and crane operator. (Note: For building
sites within 500 miles of Salem, delivery is free. For sites located outside this area, please talk with a Treehouse
representative for costs.) Upon completion of the crafting of your home in our yard, we will load, deliver
and re-assemble your log shell on your existing sub-floor.
kind of technical assistance can I expect from Treehouse Log Homes?
Log Homes provides 2 to 3
days of on-site assistance during the log stack to insure proper handling
of the logs and see that our construction principles are followed. We do require that your general contractor
be on site and participate in the
re-assembly process to ensure their understanding of our log homes. If you are acting as your own general contractor, then you would be
required to participate in your log raising. Treehouse includes detailed drawings showing the special techniques
of log home construction with each log shell package. We are available by phone to answer your building questions as they
arise. We offer true customer assistance to both you and your builder
||What kinds of foundation and roof must I
use on a Treehouse Log Home?
any standard conventional foundation system (including basements) that is
capable of supporting the imposed loads can be used. The most common is an 8” stem wall with adequate crawl space (3
to 4 feet) to access the necessary hardware for tightening. Most log structures have no additional requirements above those of
conventional construction. Please
note that Treehouse includes your foundation details in your plans to
assure that the foundation is built to accept the log shell package. A roof system can be designed to fit nearly any taste. Whether you want the look of tongue and groove or sheetrock on your
ceiling is up to you. Clients
on a conservative budget will finish their roofs with an architectural
composition roofing material instead of metal since it costs nearly one
third the price.
||How are Treehouse Log
Homes log packages wired for electricity?
switch and outlet receptacles may be cut and installed to your
specifications at the job site for an additional fee. The wire goes through pre-drilled electrical runs, which are
drilled in during construction at your desired location. Light switches are easily installed by running the wiring up the
keyway of a door and along the bottom of the check groove. Talk to your Treehouse representative about pre-planning your
electrical runs. In the end,
this will save you a tremendous amount of money working with your
electrician. Please note that
you will need to schedule your electrician to be on site during the
installation of your roofing to ensure that your ceiling lighting is to
your specifications prior to your roof being installed.
||Do I have to “chink” a Treehouse Log Homes
after it is erected?
||The answer to this is NO. However,
some of our clients like the appearance of chinking and have decided to
add this feature to their home. Treehouse
provides handcrafted log homes that are designed to settle and create a
tight seal. If you are
installing an extensive number of windows in the home, thus reducing the
weight of the logs to keep the pressure applied to the home, you will need
to apply energy seal or caulking around these areas. Please talk to your Treehouse representative about your design and
the maintenance that will be required on your style of home. Treehouse does recommend that once our home has achieved the
majority of settling (after the third year), all corners are energy sealed
on the exterior of the home.
is the average cost per square foot to build a Treehouse Log Homes?
And is it more expense than building a traditional home?
homes are based on lineal footage, rather than square footage. Every home is different in construction materials and complexity.
Since we are not certain of the type of products each customer is
going to place in their new home, it is very difficult to give an exact
cost per square foot of the finished product.
Your price will result from several factors.
The first being log package you select.
The price will vary based on the complexity of the design and
architectural features incorporated into the home.
Truss systems, arched doorways, interior log walls, and curled log
wall ends all add to the price without adding any square footage.
Then, of course, factor in the quality and expense of the finish
products being installed in the home, such as counter tops, floor
coverings, cabinetry and appliances.
Treehouse Log Homes is happy to provide you the names of different
log home contractors that can provide you with estimates on your new log
The general rule of thumb is to take your log package price times
three and this should give you a basic cost to complete your new home.
||How are heating and plumbing systems installed when the house is going to
uses a conventional flooring system and studded partitions on the interior
framed walls. This easily
allows for the heating and plumbing equipment to be installed under the
floor system and up through the interior partitions in the same manner as
a conventional building. Slip
joints will be used to accommodate the 3-5” of settling that will take
are the deposit requirements and how does the payment process work?
first deposit is 15% of the package price.
This deposit secures the materials necessary to craft your home.
The second payment, 35% of the package price, is due prior to the
start of crafting of your home. This
payment reserves your building space and gives you your confirmed delivery
date. The third payment is
35% and is due upon completion of your log shell package prior to loading
the trucks for delivery. The
final 15% is due upon delivery, re-assembly by our crew and a final
walk-through with you and your builder.
If you wish to preserve your building price and avoid any price
increases, please talk to your Treehouse representative about placing a
deposit for a future build. If
you have not yet purchased your land but wish to complete your plans so
that you can get accurate building estimates, please talk to us about our
plan deposit program. This
program allows you to complete your building plans including engineering
and have final prints to give out to your prospective contractors for
provides the plans for Treehouse Log Homes?
at Treehouse we offer a complete design and drafting services.
We take great pride in building custom log homes for our clients.
If you have a design in mind or like one we have to offer, just
give us a call and we can provide you with an estimate to build.
The planning process usually takes 1-3 months to complete.
The length of time will depend greatly upon you and how quickly you
get your updates and changes back to our design department.
You should keep in mind that your plans should be completed at
least 4-6 months before you wish to have your home delivered.
This time frame will give your builder the necessary time needed to
gather all bids, complete a contract for you, obtain permits, complete a
road, install utilities, excavate and prepare the foundation through the
sub-floor in preparation for the arrival of your log package.
Please note that spring is the busiest time of the year as most
people wish to take delivery of their logs in the summer months.
You should plan to submit your order for your house no later than
the end of March to receive a summer delivery.
is “checking” and will it occur in a Treehouse Log
is the crack that is a result of the natural drying process of a log.
Yes, your Treehouse Log Home will check.
At Treehouse we provide a 3-4” check groove on the bottom of each
log to encourage this natural checking process to occur on the bottom of
the log, thus reducing the amount of cracks that occur along the sides.
This check groove is then filled back in with insulation to ensure
the thermal capacity of the log is not lost.
The check groove is stopped approximately 6” before the end of
each log so that it is not visible.
does style determine overall cost?
||You will find, when researching log homes that there are two basic styles.
The first is the traditional cabin style.
This style of log home is the most cost-efficient to build as it
has only four corners. Handcrafting
the pricing of a log home cost is determined by the amount of notches and
angles that need to be hand cut. So
fewer corners equals less cost. The
second basic style of log home is a lodge style.
This is a simple box with wings.
Usually the main body of the house will be the basic cabin style
and then a wing or two will be added to the sides of the home to increase
the square footage. By adding
wings you will also be changing the roof system.
This style of home will call for either an open or closed valley
roof system. Many people
wanting single level living choose this lodge style of home to eliminate
the need to climb stairs. However,
a second level may be added to this style of home for even more square
footage. Your building site
and setbacks will help determine your choice.
||The staining and maintenance of a log home.
Can I do it by myself?
delivery of your log shell package from Treehouse you will be given enough
stain to treat the entire log portion of your home.
Most clients choose to purchase the additional stain necessary to
treat their ceilings as well as any exterior siding so that it will match
the log work. It is very
important, once the log structure is raised, to apply the stain as quickly
as possible. The logs most
likely will not have ever touched dirt; however, sawdust and debris will
have settled slightly on the logs thus requiring you to wash them off both
inside and out. We suggest
that you pressure wash both the interior and exterior of the log work
immediately upon re-assembly. We
are happy to provide you with a pesticide and mildew/mold inhibitor
solution to add to your stain, if you would like, at an additional cost.
This solution is very affordable and is highly recommended to
prevent any mildew or pest problems in the future.
Many of our clients pressure washing and stain their own homes to
save on the cost of application. The
process is fairly simple yet somewhat time consuming.
This is a great way to get involved on your project and save money
at the same time.
||Settling a log home. How often does it happen and what do I need to do?
home is designed to settle 3-5”. The settling process occurs as the natural drying of the logs takes place. Treehouse Log Homes uses air-dried logs in the construction of our
log homes. The moisture content of our logs is 19% or less. The moisture is necessary to ensure a proper fit when the logs dry and to
avoid the need for chinking. The majority, or approximately 80% of your settling, will occur the first
year. The remaining 20% occurs over the next two years. It is not uncommon to hear popping and cracking sounds as your home settles. Please do not be alarmed, as this is completely normal and to be
expected. As the log home settles you will need to perform two tasks. The first task will be to release the pressure off the screw jacks
supporting any interior or exterior log posts. The second task will be to tighten the through-bolts in the home to
keep a consistent pressure on the walls. Your Treehouse representative will show how to do this when we deliver and re-assemble your log shell package on your foundation. If you prefer, we do have a video walking you through this process.
Should you have any questions regarding the settling process, please talk to your Treehouse representative.
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