TIMBER RIDGE'S HOME BUILDING PROCESS

Here at Timber Ridge, we are the dealer, builder and supplier. Through our unique approach, you work directly with one person during the design phase and throughout the whole construction process. We hand mill our own logs locally and have our experienced crew work directly on site. By eliminating the middle man, not only do you reduce the amount of stress and headaches, but also save an average of 10-15% on the total cost with Timber Ridge’s log home packages.

THE TIMBER RIDGE DIFFERENCE

OUR BUSINESS IS LOG AND TIMBER HOMES..

Timber Ridge Log Homes started business in 2004. We are the dealer, builder and supplier. Through our unique approach, you work directly with one person during the design phase and throughout the whole construction process. We hand mill our own logs locally and have our experienced crew work directly on site. By eliminating the middle man, not only do you reduce the amount of stress and headaches, but also increase your value and decrease the total cost with Timber Ridge’s log home packages.


THE BEST MATERIAL GOES INTO OUR HOMES..

Timber Ridge uses only cedar products for the exterior of our homes. Cedar is a far superior wood for insect and rot resistance, higher insulating value and low moisture content. Our connection with different cedar outlets allow us to purchase cedar at much lower cost.


OUR GUYS HAVE THE SKILLS..

From the very beginning our draft team, our local mill operation to our personal craftsmen we’re all experienced in specifically log homes. Traditional timber construction is in our blood.


WE LIVE THE “GREEN” LIFESTYLE..

We just don’t use the phrase green because it’s popular, we were raised like that before it was a thing. My grandfather grew up in the great depression and raised his sons to waste not. That has led to our committed business practices. We harvest local cedar that otherwise been labeled a nuisance by the forestry department. We also have strict recycling system from reducing landfill waste in our shop and job sites to re-utilizing waste lumber into mulch or winter heat. Our homes also have stringent efficiency standards we have set ourselves to.


EVERY HOME WE BUILD IS CUSTOM..

We don’t have a stock set of plans to choose from. Every customer comes to use with basic plans or ideas and our skilled draftsman works with us directly to build your home exactly how you want it.


WE INVITE YOU TO CHECK OUT THE HOMES WE’RE BUILDING.

Timber Ridge continually has open houses at every home we’re building and finished. We do multiple home shows through-out the year and also have a show room open through-out the week for you to visit any other times.


COMPARE OTHER LOG HOME BUILDERS.

It is crucial to make sure you’re comparing apple to apples with other builders. At Timber Ridge Log Homes, we are the leaders in log and timer construction in the mid-west. No other company is as much invested and dedicated at Timber Ridge, from our own mill and 6000+sf shop to our specially experienced carpenters in everything from the construction to the maintenance of your home.

6 STEPS TO YOUR DREAM LOG HOME

At first a lot of people are intimidated about the building process of a homes. We will make the designing and building process as smooth and rewarding as possible. Since our business is log home and timber construction we have the knowledge and skill sets to be certain that you won’t have any unexpected occurrences. We have been doing this for years and know every aspect of log home construction.

1. DEFINE YOUR LIFESTYLE.

Before you begin the process of designing your home write down what your present and future needs will be. Start a list of lifestyle factors and requirements you can review with us. Families with young children will have different needs than a couple building a retirement home. A second home or a vacation rental has other needs.


2. FIND YOUR PROPERTY.

Your land will complement the design of your home. Once you have decided where you want to build, we can help survey the property with you to determine if there are any features which may affect the design of your home. We like to orient the house to maximize views and especially solar exposure to maximize efficiency which is very important in building a green home. We have knowledge with most local building and zoning departments making the process much easier for you.


3. SKETCH OUT A PLAN AND DEVELOP A BUDGET.

You are now ready to sketch out a plan and develop a budget for you to build with. Having a designated budget is very important so Timber Ridge can review the options you can consider to make your home in the price range you want. There are many factors that can drastically change the cost of a home and we can help you decide what is and isn’t important in your home. We can use an existing plan design, modify a plan or creating a new custom design for your home. Provide as much detail as possible at this stage – selecting all the components: exterior finishes, decks, garages, interior trim, kitchen finishes, fireplaces and stone, ect. The more detail you have in your ideas the more accurate the budget estimate will.


4. CONSIDER THE SAVINGS FROM “GREEN” CONSTRUCTION.

While the cost of energy is a big consideration, many people don’t realize how cost efficient it is to add environmentally friendly features to your home. You’re already ahead of the game with Timber Ridge, as we use cedar, minimal waste process, strict efficiency standards and low V.O.C. adhesive and finishes. We can help you identify additional energy savings available that can make your home greener without costing any more “green” as building location on you property and utilizing local resources.


5. FINALIZE YOUR HOUSE DESIGN.

Once you’ve had a chance to review initial house plans, you’ll want to ensure you haven’t forgotten a detail or feature. Review your lifestyle needs and compare your initial wants and needs with your final design. Once the plans are satisfactory, you will then approve them with us for the final sketch. Once you finalize the plans and cost of your home we than begin the process of ordering log and other materials needed for you home.


6. BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME.

Whether you’re hiring us or building your home yourself, you’ll find Timber Ridge has made building your home as efficient and easy as possible. Our precise pre-cut and labeled logs makes locating putting together components quickly and easily. In fact, we’ve made it so easy we can a lot of times have most log walls erected in 5-10 days. Most turn key homes built anywhere from 6-12 months.

CUSTOM DESIGN SERVICES

TOP CAD ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS

We’ve looked far and wide to find skilled architects that specialize in log and timber frames. We work directly with our draftsman through the process of designing your home.


IMPROVED COMMUNICATION

Gone are the days when a quick phone call and a little yellow sticky note was all you needed to make a design change. Today, our business has become too fast-paced and detail-oriented to continue this approach. We utilize the best online construction management program along with mobile emails making quick responses and accurate details possible.


CUSTOM DESIGN FOR THE SAME PRICE AS STANDARD DRAWINGS

Because nearly all of the Cedar Log Homes we build are either partially or fully custom designs, we don’t charge extra for plans. We feel it’s more important for you to realize your dreams, just the way you envision them.

DESIGN STYLE

ESTABLISH YOUR PRIORITIES..

The first step to designing your home is establishing your priorities. It’s best to write down a list of your priorities and wants. Priorities are features that your house must have to accommodate your lifestyle. Example of priority designs are handicap accessibility, large space for entertaining, or extra room for a growing family, ect. Wish list are items you would like to have but might have to alter to make your home in your budget.


CREATE A WISH LIST..

Your wish list will be items designs you would like to have in your home but aren’t necessary. Make your list in priority order. While a large walk-in custom tile shower, custom kitchen cabinets with quarts’ tops and hand scraped hardwood floors might be on your wish list, your budget might limit you on how many items you can have on your wish list. This way you are able to go through your list and decide on which items you can do without, or that you can down the road easily upgrade.


MAKE YOUR HOME DESIGN FIT YOUR PROPERTY..

While some homes look great in a picture when it comes to your property some homes might need to be adjusted to fit your property just right. A home design might have large windows designed in the back of the home, but your grand view might be on the side of your home. There’s many other things to consider as well and that’s where the expertise of Timber Ridge can come in and help you design your home.


ALWAYS KEEP ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MIND..

No matter what try to always keep energy efficiency in mind while designing your home. While large windows facing your grand view is important if it’s facing northern direction we might want to adjust the direction of your home some to improve passive solar efficiency. Other things items to consider is location of your homes utilities within your house. You want to try to reduce the distance your hot water and HVAC must travel to your entire house. Our experience will always have these and many more items in mind while you design your home.


LARGE OVERHANGS TO REDUCE MAINTENANCE..

We always build our homes with large overhangs and extra skirt roofs. Roof overhangs are one of the easiest ways to address so many issues on a house from better home efficiency, lower maintenance on your logs, and moisture control in your basement ect.


DO YOU LIKE RUSTIC OR REFINED LOOK.

We can design log and timber homes many different styles. The beauty of log and timber homes is there so many different design styles. What style do you like? Do you enjoy the charm of old barn country living, the rugged mountain lodge feel or do you like a more refine modern look with smooth wood, Sheetrock and contemporary finishes?

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS

LOG STYLE

Here you are given the freedom to custom design your dream home that compliments your lifestyle. Timber Ridge owns their own sawmill and log yard, which provides them the flexibility to handcraft their logs in a wide variety of shapes, styles and sizes for any kind of home.


CORNER STYLE

The next step to completing the overall character of your home is selecting the corner styles. The butt and pass corner is our most popular choice by creating a traditional log home appearance. You can also mix and match our corner styles to create a custom look.


HANDCRAFTED PURLIN ROOF SYSTEM

Here you are given the freedom to custom design your dream home that compliments your lifestyle. Timber Ridge owns their own sawmill and log yard, which provides them the flexibility to handcraft their logs in a wide variety of shapes, styles and sizes for any kind of home.


ENGINEERED TRUSS SYSTEM

The next step to completing the overall character of your home is selecting the corner styles. The butt and pass corner is our most popular choice by creating a traditional log home appearance. You can also mix and match our corner styles to create a custom look.


INTERLOCKING WALLS

A – End joint sealed and aligned with 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ wood splinesB – PVC foam seal strip between all logs C- Lag screw at approximately 2′ -3′ on center

Timber Ridge Log Homes hand mills our own logs locally and have our experienced crew work directly on site. We understand the value and durability of a home starts with a solid foundation. When taking time to ensure that all logs fit perfectly together, we create a strong home that will endure future generations. Accurate engineering, quality of materials and detailed construction are essential to the quality of any traditional framed building or log structure.

CEDAR VS. PINE

IT’S ALL IN THE WOOD

When it comes to building your dream home, Timber Ridge Log Homes only selects materials of the highest quality. While specializing in cedar log homes and timber products, we understand the attributes of cedar wood and how to work with each individual log to accentuate its own unique character as nature has intended. As a future log homeowner, recognizing the property differences between cedar and pine logs will drastically reduce maintenance issues and extend the preservation of your family’s home.


WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE FROM ONE WOOD TO ANOTHER?

Using Cedar is the up most importance in building a low maintenance log home. Cedar has a list of important advantages of other inferior wood used by other log home builders.


NATURAL PRESERVATIVE

Cedar naturally contains preservatives found in the heartwood which repels wood infesting insects and other nature elements. Its excellent resistance to moisture, decay and rot has made cedar an ideal choice for indoor or outdoor projects. These natural characteristics allow it to endure the harshest conditions such as sun, rain, heat and cold all year round.

Pine wood is not naturally resistant to insects, rot or decay and require regular harsh treatments. Many pine logs are “dip treated” into chemical preservation and insecticides. These surface treatments cause pine logs to dry out, crack and lose their protective abilities. After construction, these chemicals vapors can be released over time which is against our green building practices.


STRENGTH & STABILITY

The USDA Forestry Division has ranked cedar as one of the most durable woods to use for exterior construction. The traits of its low density and molecular structure, gives cedar twice the amount of stability compared to any other softwood. Cedar is not only versatile, but is also graded with the lowest shrinkage factor, lowest moisture content and requires minimal maintenance.


MOISTURE CONTENT

Cedar is the driest wood on the stump in North America with an average moisture content of only 19%-23% right off the saw. Its closed molecular structure prevents cedar from absorbing water and become “water logged” as pine does. At Timber Ridge Log Homes, we naturally air-dry all cedar to help lose the log’s moisture content gently to prevent shrinkage. This causes less stress on the log’s structure which reduces cracking, checking, splitting, twisting and warping. Pine contains more water compared to other woods with an average moisture content of 50-55% right off the saw. To remove the excess moisture and kill insect infestation, pine logs are kiln-dried which forces the moisture out with high heat. This harsh process causes stress onto the log’s cells and cause them to rupture.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Cedar wood has a durable structure which provides superior construction and high thermal efficiency. Of all woods used for home building, cedar has the highest ‘R-value’ which is the measurement of how much heat is able to pass through a material. The Thermal Mass Factor displays the material’s density and its insulating qualities. Cedar is rated 1.41 per inch of thickness and a Thermal Mass Factor of 3.78, which prevents the loss of heat or energy from your home. Pine, on the other hand, has a lower R-value of 1.25 per inch of thickness and a Thermal Mass Factor of 2.76. These numbers may seem close in comparison, but can influence your heating and cooling expenses of a home immensely.


MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

Cedar has been recognized for its lowest shrinkage factor, lowest moisture content and requires very little maintenance. The strong structure of each log produces straight grain, uniform texture and long lengths. Cedar logs are composed of heartwood rather than sapwood. This feature contributes to its ability to prevent splitting and cracking which can cause weak points in a wall or loss of heat in a home. The lack of resin and sap in cedar logs also provide an ideal surface for many adhesives, paints and stains. This gives long lasting protection to your home and treated cedar logs can have the life expectancy of over 100 years.


ENVIRONMENT

TIMBER RIDGE LOG HOMES ARE GREEN

Protecting our environment and natural resources has always been one of our core values. Yet, many people don’t consider the “green” advantages of a log home. Timber Ridge is always striving to find new ways to build homes and run our business on and environmental standards in mind


NEARBY SUSTAINABILITY.

Timber Ridge utilizes a lot of local resources. We mill a lot of local cedar from land owners and mines that once use to bulldoze down the trees into a burn pile. We also turn the scraps into mulch or heat.


EASILY RENEWABLE.

Cedar is a renewable resource that is actively managed to ensure biodiversity, wildlife habitat and high-quality forest products. Other species used in log homes, such as pine, are often grown on plantations, which require large amounts of energy to plant seedlings and prepare the ground, as well as requiring phosphate fertilizers and insecticides. Cedar has its own natural defenses for insects.


CEDAR WINS IN EFFICIENCY.

Cedar has considerably higher thermal mass and R-values than pine, so you’ll save energy by using less to heat and cool your log home.


NATURALLY INSECT RESISTANT.

Because of cedar’s natural resistance to insects and rot, Timber Ridge Log Homes don’t require chemical treatments for insects and rot prevention.


WATER BASED STAINS ARE HEALTHIER.

We’ve had great success with water-based biodegradable stains, low VOC topcoats and other finishing products from supplier Perma-Chink. Low VOC finishes are important the keep your home healthy from unhealthy off gassing from harsh oil based products.


AVOID TREATED WOODS.

Because cedar is naturally rot resistant, we stress to build decks and porches with cedar to reduce using pressure treated pine made with chemical or metal pressure treatment.


DESIGNING FOR PASSIVE SOLAR.

We’ve learned that simple things like adding the right kind and number of windows, paying attention to southerly orientation and building large porch overhangs can provide simple money-saving solutions in both energy and maintenance.


SOLAR PANELS, WIND POWER, GEO-THERMAL, ECT.

No matter what form of alternative energy you are considering, we can help you identifying the best solution for you. Sometimes there are also possible tax and rebate advantages.


TIMBER RIDGE STRICT EFFICIENCY.

It all starts with correct log construction, using proper joinery, foam gaskets and lots of caulking. Other important factors are using quality Pella windows and our proven insulating systems we use.

FAQ

WHY SHOULD I SELECT CEDAR OVER OTHER TYPES OF WOOD?

From its superior R-value and insulating qualities to its natural resistance to rot and insects, we feel that Northern White Cedar is a cut above other woods commonly used in log home construction. Because of cedar’s dramatically lower water content — 2.5 times less water than pine—we are able to air-dry our logs resulting in less cracking and splitting. If necessary, the logs are finished in our steam powered kilns. Environmentally, cedar makes sense: the Northern White Cedar forests are naturally sustainable.


HOW MUCH CAN TIMBER RIDGE LOG HOMES CUSTOMIZE MY HOME?

From a small adjustment in window placements to a customization of an existing plan all the way to a complete custom design team can work with you to get the details you want incorporated into your home.


HOW DO I WIRE MY LOG HOME?

Most of our customers opt for the no-cost insulation package, which allows for traditional wiring schemes. If you opt for our premium log walls without an insulation package, exterior log walls should be drilled to accommodate wiring as the logs are being laid. Outlet receptacles are normally located in the third log row while switch boxes are located next to door openings with wires being mortised into door rough bucks. Most construction crews will perform the drilling during construction.


WILL MY LOG HOME REQUIRE EXTERIOR FINISHING?

Stains and topcoats protect your home from damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun and weather can break down the cellular fibers that make up your logs. To protect your investment, apply stain and two top coats to filter the UV rays and keep the elements out.


WHAT TYPE OF BASE SHOULD MY LOG HOME BE CONSTRUCTED UPON?

In general a log home can be erected on any type of suitably designed base, including concrete slab, pillar and beam, crawl space or full foundation. Your construction blueprints will include specific dimensions for construction based on your foundation requirements.


MUST ALL WALLS OF MY NEW LOG HOME BE CONSTRUCTED OF WOOD?

No. Just about any wall surface found in a conventional home can be used in a Cedar Log Home. Other materials are frequently used to introduce different colors, textures, and patterns to contrast with the natural wood grain of cedar. Materials that can be used range from stone, drywall, stenciled plaster, and ceramic tile in any combination.

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