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Title:
Log homes made easy / : contracting and building your own log home
Author:
Cooper, Jim, 1949-
Personal Author:
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780811728478
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This book outlines what every owner-contractor needs to know before beginning a dream log home -- getting started; comparing price quotes; researching on the Internet; choosing an architect; planning the site, road, well, and septic systems; finding and managing subcontractors; and scheduling and controlling costs. The author also explores the myths and realities of log home life, including maintenance and energy efficiency.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

If log homes were in fact cheaper than con~ventional structures, Cooper logically observes, then subdivisions of raw timber rather than planed boards would dot the landscape. The rustic domicile costs about 15 percent more than its civilized alternative, and to save starry-eyed utopians from the grief of finding that out themselves, the author has written this eminently sensible guide. Experienced with the incompetence of do-it-yourselfers, he recommends the builder take on the role of general contractor instead--hiring an architect and buying materials in kit form. Then he clarifies the processes of buying a lot and of subcontracting such tasks as laying the foundation, framing, roofing, and installing the amenities no self-respecting cabin should be without: heating, cooling, plumbing, and electricity. Sample contracts and reading resources round out a work that usefully informs casual dreamers about the concrete realities of cabins. ~--Gilbert Taylor


Library Journal Review

As an experienced builder, Cooper is a strong proponent of log homes even while he debunks some of the myths associated with them (e.g., their rusticity makes them inexpensive and easy to build). Instead, as Cooper suggests, they are products of modern engineering and building methods, and their rustic ambience comes at a hefty price. Still, they occupy a solid niche in the home construction market. For enthusiasts and would-be inhabitants of log homes, Cooper provides concise and sensible information on shopping for kit homes, selecting and preparing suitable land, estimating construction costs, securing financing (sometimes tricky with log homes), and overseeing construction. Numerous well-conceived checklists and forms complete this solid guide for the owner/contractor. Recommended for most public libraries.-- Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll., Dryden, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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