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    Rick, Yes, both Oregon and Washington have had...

    Rick,

    Yes, both Oregon and Washington have had lots of big fires in recent years. That's all good advice about house design and vegetation placement. Our house will be sitting in the middle of a...
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    Rick, Really nice place you've built for your...

    Rick,

    Really nice place you've built for your family up in Okanogan, real nice. I'm sure they enjoy it a lot. I think that's about the best I've seen a shipping container look (no offense to those...
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    loghousenut, We just signed up for the class,...

    loghousenut,

    We just signed up for the class, last weekend. With all that's going on (and my wife's crazy work schedule), haven't had time to start it yet, but hopefully will do so, within the...
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    Hi All! Long time lurker here, extremely...

    Hi All!

    Long time lurker here, extremely infrequent poster. I don't know if I ever have officially introduced myself. My name is Aaron, my wife's name is Jaime. We are planning to build a B&P log...
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    Yes, I am aware of that, but thanks for the...

    Yes, I am aware of that, but thanks for the reminder. I'm only looking at true SIPs, with structural members inside and capable of spanning the same distance as rafters of the same dimensions and...
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    That's a great way to go, and I thought of using...

    That's a great way to go, and I thought of using glulams for the purlins - can even put a bevel on the top to match the roof pitch. Our issue is that our second floor plan is almost completely open,...
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    Talked it over with the wife, and with myself in...

    Talked it over with the wife, and with myself in my head, and the more we think about it, the more we agree with you. Good to know rafters installation can go so quickly. There are just so many...
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    I am no expert on SIPs either, but have looked at...

    I am no expert on SIPs either, but have looked at a few. There can be a huge difference in price between different types of SIPs, for the same insulation value. Some are actually cheap enough that...
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    Yes, that's what we're struggling with in the...

    Yes, that's what we're struggling with in the design - posts all over the place. :) Wife says she wants as few as possible, and I agree. We're going for the 'open floor plan' style. It's one thing...
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    That's great information, thanks! Make sense now...

    That's great information, thanks! Make sense now that I think about it.
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    Yes, that would be my goal, to support the load...

    Yes, that would be my goal, to support the load at mid-span. Still would plan a ridge log large enough to carry half the load.
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    Ridge Pole and Purlin Loads

    Hi All,


    I have some hopefully quick questions about loads on roof members.

    I understand that if you have a structural ridge pole and your rafters clear span between the ridge pole and the...
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    Cool, all good information everyone, thanks for...

    Cool, all good information everyone, thanks for the feedback! Certainly there are lots of different ways to accomplish the same goals, we're realizing. The resources, both materials and time, one has...
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    Yes, I/we are pretty serious, but that's just...

    Yes, I/we are pretty serious, but that's just kind of my nature. My wife might instead call it obsessive. :) What can I say, I love to design and build things. I realize that class as well as the...
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    Thanks for the thoughts, Basil. So you're saying...

    Thanks for the thoughts, Basil. So you're saying you have three steel I-beams supporting your second floor joists, and they are spanning your entire building, all in parallel, 8' apart, resting only...
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    Second Floor Beam Support

    Hi all,


    I've been reading everything I can get my hands on regarding log homes, and my wife and I have designed a floor plan for a 38' x 38' home that's I guess what you'd call 1.5 story -...
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    Hi everyone! My name is Aaron and I have been...

    Hi everyone! My name is Aaron and I have been bitten by the log home bug recently. :) I'm glad to be here and enjoy looking at all the wonderful homes built by so many of you. My wife and I hope to...
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