French Creek Log Homes - A Golden Eagle Log Homes Independent Dealer

Building Their Dream from Start to Finish

We met a couple from Kansas who had owned property near Deadwood SD for a number of years. Now they were ready to plan their new home. They decided to build a custom Brookside Plan. Initially our clients wanted a loft and a 8 inch "D" log with vertical square corners. In order to save money we worked on a plan to eliminate the loft & finish a walkout lower level. They waited a long time for their dream home & wanted things just right for them and their family.

We met with our clients and a contractor to determine the setting of their home. Often times there are things to consider when doing this such as: driveway placement, septic placement, trenching for electric, and a shared well. They found the spot with a view that they loved and we did our best to get it placed to enjoy the view they wanted. Recently there had been recommendation to do soil testing to determine the stability of the soil on site. The test came back with a poor report. So, they needed to add to the budget to allow the expense of fixing this issue.

As soon as the foundation was in, winter came. Building began with a crew who we had worked with on several homes. >By spring the exterior was completed along with most of the interior. Along with builders, our clients needed electricians, plumbers, sheetrock, painters. and HVAC contractors. They had selected pre-finished non-log items and the building crew completed the staining & caulking of the logs. When completed, the couple finished making decisions on floor coverings, furnishings and landscaping. All work was completed by the end of the summer.

Their favorite place in their home is on the back covered deck, which was large & provided protection in any kind of weather. The home was completed beautifully. We did our best to make the process as stress free as possible while handling issues that would arise.

First the property must be cleared of trees to allow placement of the home and extra space around the home so construction equipment can get around the home as it is being built. This is also a good idea to be "firewise" to prevent losing your home to a wildfire. Some wood was kept for firewood and some logs were taken by a lumber mill and the smaller branches were shredded. Now their first delivery came and the build could begin. Golden Eagle Log Homes ships 1 or 2 truck at a time as the builder requests.

Initially the framework of the home is built and typically the window wall of the great room is a 2 x 6 framing with exterior half log siding which blends into the full logs. The window & door bucks are set in place and then stacking of the logs begins. All corners are pre-cut at the company and in this case they used the square vertical log corners. The windows are also trimmed with a half log to add extra detail.

Now that the years of dreaming and planning their home is taking shape. The home still is not "weather tight" until the windows are installed and roof completed. They made frequent visits when able & were able to see the beautiful views in store for them.

The building continues with some delays due to the weather and late build start. Construction continues on the exterior & interior in preparation to install the windows & roof.

Finally, the windows, exterior doors and roof are completed and the home is now "weather tight". At this point they will be spending their time putting in the details such as the open log stairway, installing all the ceiling tongue and groove. Which has been pre-finished by Golden Eagle Log Homes. Because of the lack of time & distance they elected to have all the non-log materials such as windows, interior doors, tongue & groove and trim pre-finished.

Their home is headed to completion. They added to the plans, a large gabled covered deck off of their great room. This is one of their favorite spaces as it allows for a beautiful view of the Black Hills, wildlife and protection from the elements. They also have a nice sized covered porch where they can sit and greet visitors. An oversized 2 car garage with matching half log siding was also added in their plans. They also extended the other gable ends to 3 ft. for more protection for the logs & temperature control in the home. At this time, cabinetry is installed, bathrooms are completed and HVAC installed. All the wiring was done during construction.

They did elect to add some drywall to some rooms but kept all the perimeter walls as log. They also added an accent wall by the open stairway to the lower level which is also a walkout. Now the owners finished adding their details including flooring, lighting, paint and furniture and décor. Below you can see how everything finished for them They are partial to the Amish mission furniture and so the décor has a very warm and inviting feel. Landscaping was started a little late but with due diligence they were able to get a good start on the lawn area and flower beds and some accent shrubs & trees. They also added a beautiful fire pit area in the rear yard of their home. The benches were custom ordered & fit perfect. We hope they will be able to make many happy memories of living in their log home in the Black Hills of south Dakota.

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