While we are doing the final engineering and notching the logs, your builder will be busy on his end . . . clearing the land, grading the access, starting the footings, foundation, and subfloor.  The following photographs will help you understand the log home construction process.  After all - a picture is worth a thousand words!  Better yet - come visit one of our many jobsites in progress.  For a text listing of materials included in our complete package, click HERE.

FIRST STEP: FOUNDATION - Hearthstone provides blueprints, your local builder installs the foundation.

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Footings being dug.
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Footings being poured.
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Concrete slab.
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Basement, or combination crawlspace/basement.

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Next, the subfloor is begun.  We will design the subfloor for the proper loads.

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Engineered wood I-beams make up this subfloor.

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4x2 floor truss.
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Steel C-Girts

NEXT . . .

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Delivery Day!!

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Our crew will check the subfloor and support 
systems prior to unloading 
the tractor trailer trucks.

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The sill logs are set.
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Logs walls assembled.
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Through bolts are 
threaded and coupled.
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Load bearing blocks are installed around the perimeter.
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Slotted, sliding jamb installed at window opening.

Logs are pre-cut 
for exact rough opening widths and mortised to jamb dimension.  Crew makes final height adjustments on site.

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All logs are pre-drilled for electrical wiring.
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Precision-cut notches 
are offset to prevent 
air infiltration.
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Threaded screw jacks are mounted under every 
girder post, ridge post 
and porch post to allow 
aid in normal settling.
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Girders and overhead 
beams are installed and secured with Olylogs
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Wall logs and top plates are installed above 2nd floor beams.
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Upper compression springs are installed and tightened. Dormer wall is braced while rest of crew prepares roof.
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Rafters are attached to ridge beam at specific locations.
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Rafters are raised.
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Rafters are secured to ridge beam with Olylogs.
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Collar ties are attached to rafter sets and entire assembly is lifted.
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Cathedral rafter system.
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Ridge support posts are installed, rafter system is leveled and braced.


Now that you've seen a cathedral ceiling installed, here are a few shots of how a truss roof system is built.

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A drop gable truss allows a fully cantilevered structural overhang.
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Gable truss assembly lifted onto top plate system of a 2 story home.
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Scissor trusses are an inexpensive way to achieve the "cathedral ceiling" look on a 1 story or 2 story home.
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Scissor truss after completion.
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Attic trusses can be 
used to provide storage space or a bonus room over a garage.


SPECIALTY & COMMON MATERIALS such as decking, porch material, siding, roofing, and trim are carefully stacked and inventoried.

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The structural erection work complete, our crew can now clean up, gather tools and head to the next Hearthstone project.

Your local builder now takes over to perform the dry-in (install the Hearthstone provided roofing materials and erect the Hearthstone provided porch and stair materials, etc...)  Your local builder performs all the common, ordinary construction details such as wiring, plumbing, finished cabinetry, finished flooring, etc...  It is much more cost effective for you to have a local contractor perform these functions instead of our heavy timber erection crew.

Special Note:  During the months of January, February, and March Hearthstone offers a dry-in service. Contact your Project Manager for details, which are subject to change with current bookings.

Fully erected log superstructure

John Ricketson
Project Manager
120 Carriage Drive, Macon, GA  31210
(877) 662-6135 Toll Free
(478) 474-9370 or FAX (478) 477-6535

E-mail: hearthstonehomes@mindspring.com

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