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    Ash...

    So I'm new here, I'm looking at properties in south eastern Kentucky, and we found one we like. The main tree on the property is ash. Can I build with ash? Nothing I've read so far says anything about ash, just pine, oak, etc.
    Thoughts?

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    I don't plan on many ( if any ) scarf joints. It's all supposed to be 12' sections ( 1' on each end for joints ).

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    probably. but I bet it's hard to drive rebar through ash. You might change your mind once you try it.

    We don't use scarf joints on our homes- it's all "butt & pass" with no joints in the logs. Are you thinking of another log home method?
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    Well I was wanting to do timber frame with 6x's stick framing inside of a 12" frame. Probably do concrete foundation, or at least bases for my beams ( I'd bring wood siding down to a gravel base). I would also like to have all wood joints. (I'd have my electrical run through my beams instead of around them.) ( I also wanted to go WAY above what is necessary so all main posts and beams be 12"x12".)
    So to answer your question, I don't really see a need for the rebar. If I were doing a cabin, which I may be looking at a few years down the road, I'd want to build it completely out of wood also (dowels instead of rebar).

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    Are there any living ash left? The emerald ash borerhas killed all of my ash
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    This property is in the south east corner of Kentucky, hasn't been timbered in at least 50 years. When I first saw the trees, I didn't recognize the type, but upon a little research it turns out to be ash. As far as subspecies, not sure. But yeah. Ash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.bolling View Post
    Well I was wanting to do timber frame with 6x's stick framing inside of a 12" frame. Probably do concrete foundation, or at least bases for my beams ( I'd bring wood siding down to a gravel base). I would also like to have all wood joints. (I'd have my electrical run through my beams instead of around them.) ( I also wanted to go WAY above what is necessary so all main posts and beams be 12"x12".)
    So to answer your question, I don't really see a need for the rebar. If I were doing a cabin, which I may be looking at a few years down the road, I'd want to build it completely out of wood also (dowels instead of rebar).

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    sounds cool. stick around and let us know how it goes.
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    I'll make sure I post some of my blue prints. I'm not 100% on my joint measurements yet, but it's all pretty straight forward.
    I was reading on the "build what you can afford" thread, and it got me thinking...
    We plan on buying a lot with a house on it, trees to build with, and a location we like. I retired at the ripe old age of 25 (USMC [ 2 bad knees and a back that ain't the best]). I have a wife and two daughters, so we need a home for the intermediate times. The house I plan on building is something like 2,700 sqft footprint. All single story, no basement, and as few stairs as possible. 3 bed, 2 bath, large kitchen/living room, 7 rooms total. Am I aiming too high? We live off of my paychecks, but being young, the savings ain't that big. I'd like to do a thirty year mortgage, and change it to a 15 after we get the house built (5-8 years).
    Does that seem reasonable? Am I shooting too high?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.bolling View Post
    I'll make sure I post some of my blue prints. I'm not 100% on my joint measurements yet, but it's all pretty straight forward.
    I was reading on the "build what you can afford" thread, and it got me thinking...
    We plan on buying a lot with a house on it, trees to build with, and a location we like. I retired at the ripe old age of 25 (USMC [ 2 bad knees and a back that ain't the best]). I have a wife and two daughters, so we need a home for the intermediate times. The house I plan on building is something like 2,700 sqft footprint. All single story, no basement, and as few stairs as possible. 3 bed, 2 bath, large kitchen/living room, 7 rooms total. Am I aiming too high? We live off of my paychecks, but being young, the savings ain't that big. I'd like to do a thirty year mortgage, and change it to a 15 after we get the house built (5-8 years).
    Does that seem reasonable? Am I shooting too high?

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    You aren't aiming high enough. Build a smaller footprint with all your living space downstairs (put in an elevator in if necessary). Pay it off faster or don't borrow money at all.

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    You are asking a bunch of folks that generally try to go for mortgage free...

    Our motto, build as small as you can afford (not as big as you can afford). Obviously it depends if you have like 10 kids etc, but, we are getting ready to build a temp place above the garage, 728sf. Should hold us over for 2 years while we build log home#2.
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