Hello everyone. Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas with family and friends. It is tough to beat the holiday season spent in a cozy log home on a cold winter day. It was a busy year for us here at Edlund Construction and we want to say thanks to everyone that helped make it possible. We are looking forward to 2013 and keep in mind that along with Minnesota log homes builder services we also do log home remodeling, restoration and repair. Thanks again and have a Happy New Year.
Hopefully everyone is staying cool in this heat wave. This time of year we seem to get quite a few calls from people that are considering buying an existing log home or log cabin and they are looking for someone to do a log home inspection. We do offer log home inspection services throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. There are a lot of conventional home inspectors out there but very few have experience in log homes. A log home inspection can save put you at east or save you future expense depending on what we may find. A majority of the log homes we look at are fine and may only need some re-staining and updating but there are always a few out there that may need some extensive work. Old roofing that has seen better days, clogged gutters and lack of care are the usual contributors to the problems we see. Most of the issues can be fixed but we will leave those decisions up to you if you end up buying an existing log home.
Another reason we get called for a log home inspection is to see if the existing building can be remodeled or added on to. Some have found the “almost perfect” log cabin in the right setting buy may just need a little more room to fit their family and lifestyle. We can give you some cost estimates before you make the purchase to help with your overall budget.
For more information give us a call at 320-292-7878 or head over to Edlund Construction.
Happy Fourth of July! This summer is flying by! I just wanted to take some time this morning and get this blog updated. It has been busy here at Edlund Construction this summer with Minnesota log home projects. We have done a couple of projects that involved replacing logs and are currently soon to wrap up a log cabin refinishing project. I can say this hot weather doesn’t make things any easier! The log home building side of what we do is busy as well. We have a foundation in the ground and materials soon to ship. We are glad to be busy again this year and happy to be able to offer both restoration and new log home construction services in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Have a great day with friends and family and if you are on vacation this week have a great vacation. Call or email with any questions or head over to our website for more information on Minnesota log home builders.
Hopefully is having a great Memorial Day weekend with friends and family. I’m finally getting some time to post photos of a recent log cabin restoration project we did in Minnesota. The bottom three rows of logs needed replacing due to water splashing on them from running off of the roof and hitting the deck. The rest of the log cabin was in great shape. The cabin owners opted to replace the old pine logs with cedar logs. We were able to get the replacement logs custom milled to match and completed the job a couple of weeks ago. Gutters, downspouts and proper deck flashing could’ve prevented the issues but all is well now with the proper measures being taken by the current cabin owners. This is an example that is similar to quite a few of the Minnesota log homes and log cabin restoration projects we have been doing. The longer the repair is put off the worse it can become over time.
Below are a few photos of the restoration project
As you can see, even the bottom logs on the wall can be removed and replaced. Give us a call or email if you have a Minnesota log home repair project you want us to take a look at.
It is hard to believe we are at May 1st already! This time of year the phone starts to ring with questions about Minnesota log home repair. Along with new log home construction we do offer log home repair in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have seen and worked on a wide range of projects. We have restored a log home that had caught fire and repaired and restored old log cabins that have been passed down a generation or two. We have also worked on some log homes that had issues that could have been avoided years ago when the home was built. Proper caulking is very important and often is a step that is almost overlooked. We realize a lot of homeowners have caulked their own log home to save on labor costs. We have seen plenty of preventable issues that the surface been properly prepped and a thorough application and tooling of the caulk. The air bubbles need to be tooled out and contact points made on all the joints. The same goes for staining. We cannot stress enough the importance to use a high quality stain that is designed for log home use, proper prep and application. Limbs and shrubbery rubbing on the roof or wall logs have also caused plenty of problems. When you are opening up your cabin for the summer just take a quick look around at the roof, walls, caulking and stain of your log home. The quicker you spot and issue the less likely there will be problems in the future. Log homes and cabins are awesome to live in and can provide many years of enjoyment if properly cared for. If you have any questions or need log home repair in Minnesota or Wisconsin feel free to call or email.
The calendar and current warm weather haven’t been the only indicators of the arrival of spring. The phones have been ringing with inquiries of log home refinishing in Minnesota and Wisconsin which have announced that the refinishing and re-staining season is soon to be here. Some of you may not be aware that we do offer log home restoration and refinishing services. We have seen projects that range from a simple prep and application of a maintenance coat of stain to corn or glass blasting of the home for new stain to log replacement projects. While our focus over the years has been new log home construction we branched into the refinishing and log home repair to expand our services as more requests came in over time.
Starting with a high quality product is the first step in proper log home care. We use Perma-Chink or Sikkens for stain. And for log sealant we use Perma-Chink or Sashco. All are designed for log home applications rather than just a general “across the board” product that you would get at a big box retailer. Starting with the right product is key but we can also offer tips to help protect your log home. Some of the cabins and homes we have worked on have smaller overhangs so a simple solution of adding gutters and downspouts can eliminate a lot of future problems. Other sites may not have anything around the base of the home so the water running off of the roof is hitting bare dirt and splashing up on the logs. Landscaping and/or just adding rock around the base of the house will eliminate that issue. Another item we will look for is overhanging trees and limbs that may be rubbing against the house. That can wear stain off of a log home pretty fast.
Thanks for taking the time to read our blog and feel free to call or email with any questions about new log home construction, Minnesota log home refinishing or remodeling.
With temperatures predicted to hit low 50′s here in Minnesota that means spring is just about ready to arrive in full swing. Spring projects are soon to start and plans are being finalized. However, not everyone wants to start first thing in the spring and some opt to wait until fall. We see this with existing cabins that will be torn down. The cabin owners want to use their cabin one last season and as soon as Labor Day passed we will go in and tear down and get the new log home built and ready for the following summer. That brings us to springtime and where we are currently at. Fall projects don’t get far enough along before the weather gets too cold to stain and seal a new log home or log cabin here in Minnesota. There isn’t anything wrong with letting untreated logs go through a winter and spring cycle but soon the weather will be warm enough for us to go in and treat the logs properly for years of longevity. The same goes for our re-staining and maintenance projects. We will be starting our services for restoration as soon as the temperatures permit. If you are needing re-staining this year just give us a call now and we can come out and take a look and get you scheduled. If your project is more than just a re-stain we do offer log home repair in Minnesota as well. Feel free to call or email with questions on new construction, refinishing or log home repair and thanks for taking the time to visit our website.
Things have been busy this winter here at Edlund Construction! We have been on the road on a half log project but things are moving right along due to the lack of winter weather! Things have also been busy with people looking at spring projects that range from building a new log cabin or log home to remodel and possibly adding on to an existing lake home or cabin. We get a fair amount of inquiries each season from those that want to convert a home into a log home. It is easily done with one of the rustic half log options we have available. The half log can be applied to your existing exterior walls. Also, adding some interior log and some knotty pine can take things a step further and you end up with that rustic log cabin that you always wanted!
We also want to remind you that we also build cabins. Over the years we have built some rather large log homes but we also have built just as many smaller, cozy log cabins. It seems that some of the log home companies tend to focus on the larger log homes and seem to forget about the smaller cabin plans. We can build both and regardless of the plan, we are here to help you through all stages of the process, from an idea to a completed project.
Give Edlund Construction a call at 320.292.7878 or go to our website for more information on Minnesota log cabins.
It is hard to believe how fast December has flown by. The unusual start to winter is odd but we can’t complain too much. We have a couple of log home projects underway here in Minnesota right now and one is outdoors installing half log siding on a home. One of the other Wisconsin based log home companies needed some help on a project and we are glad that we could make arrangements to help them out with their build. It is a log home company we haven’t worked with before so it is nice to get familiar with a new to us product. The photo below is of the project we currently have underway.
Even though December is just getting underway it is time to start planning for your spring project that you have been thinking of. Whether your project is new construction, an addition, remodel or log home restoration now is the time to be thinking of plans, researching products and talking to builders. Planning, getting the plans drawn and the bidding process all take time. Once everything is in order for planning and bidding there is permits to get and schedules to arrange and in a blink of an eye spring will be making its presence known here in Minnesota. For those of you considering a log home or log cabin project make sure you attend the log home show that will be in Minneapolis January 13-15. Log home shows are a great way to learn about the log home companies that serve this area. As Minnesota log home builders we are here to answer your questions and help get your log home package completed and constructed. Log styles, profiles and corner options can get confusing. We have built many log homes, half log and full log construction, over the years in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and can help steer you in the direction to help you make the choice you are comfortable with. We get asked quite often if half log or full log is better than the other. We aren’t going to answer that but will give you the pros and cons of each so you can make your own decision based on your needs and budget.
For more information on Wisconsin or Minnesota log homes give us a call at 320.292.7878