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Over forty years of excellence...
When it comes to custom designing your log home, we’re ready to put the power of our in-house design department to work for you. At Wyoming Log Homes we use the latest in computer aided design to create a unique log home tailored to match your individual needs.
Starting with your first look at our standard house plans through to the completion of your final blueprints, we value your involvement. Each step is essential to achieve and floor layouts which are suitable for loan applications and contractor bidding.
We are a manufacturer and builder of high quality, pre-cut and pre-drilled custom log homes. Our talented craftsmen have built many custom homes over the years with one goal in mind, to meet the high expectations of each individual customer.
The range of designs are limitless, and all designs may be modified to meet your requirements. Please feel free to blend architectural features, other floor plans, arrangements, or special amenities and conveniences you would like to have in your own home.
Each WLH log has milled square sides with hand-peeled corners. Logs are milled from standing dead dry or fire killed dry timber, typically Lodge Pole Pine, Spruce, or Ponderosa Pine. These wood varieties produce high-grade logs with exceptional strength and visual appeal. Our goal is to maximize the unique character of each log to enhance your investment.
Spruce and Lodge Pole Pine are our primary woods. Ponderosa Pine and Douglas fir are also available. We use these trees because they are even and straight grained, low moisture content, few knots, low log twist and are structurally sound. We use Douglas fir when needed for long spans and also for decking. These trees are not harvested green. They are Pine Beetle kill, standing dead, or fire kill. This insect intrusion is what gives the logs their blue hue. The blue hue is made by the tree’s response to the beetles. Essentially, the trees used are culled from forests to prevent forest fires and to maintain animal habitat.
Our main supply of logs comes out of British Columbia, directly north of us in Canada. We also use local lumber and we select these logs using the same high standards as we do with all our logs. It is said that a house is only as good as its foundation. It can also be said that a log home is only as good as its log
Swedish Cope Settles...
Settling is a common problem experienced with the more common “Swedish Cope” log shape. The standard in the industry for years, Swedish Cope construction has proven to result in consistent settling of 1 ½ inches on an 8-foot, milled-log wall, and as much as 6 inches in an 8-foot, hand-peeled log wall. Settling can result in a myriad of problems for the builder or homeowner, including buckled door jams, crushed windows, damaged electrical wiring, collapsed roofs, and structural shifting.
...Our Square Log Solution
WLH square logs eliminate the settling problem by increasing the amount of contact between log courses to 7-8 inches - nearly double the contact typical in Swedish Cope construction. Square logs provide the maximum insulation properties available in log home construction. WLH logs are milled to fit flush along their length, increasing overall thermal mass and requiring very little additional sealing or gap insulation.
Square logs result in superior interior fit and finish, as well. With no rounded sides to work with, interior cabinetry and decorations install easily and without awkward transitions. Round logs make contact at narrow points that require supplemental insulation such as caulking, foam strips, and additional chinking to prevent heat loss. A square log allows the builder four sides to choose from when constructing your home. The log side with the most character can be placed where it will have the most visual impact. Less attractive features can be placed out of sight.
WLH logs stack evenly while still showing off all the grain and color you expect in a log home, with no two logs looking the same.
Get Started on your dream home today.
It is never too early to start on the plan work for your log home. The earlier that you select a plan, the earlier you can address the site, then the earlier you can get a detailed set of plans. The earlier you get the detailed set of plans, the less stress and last minute problems with your banking institution.
It takes longer than most realize to start the construction of the log home. It is not uncommon to start plan work in the winter and break ground for the basement in the late summer to early fall. If the house is on a piece of property, water, electricity and septic must be put in. A driveway will have to be considered also.
We can mill, erect and build a log home or structure during any time of the year in most conditions. We have erected several log homes during the winter in the mountains while using snow machines to get to the site.
Select an in house plan for reduced drafting costs or use the plans as guidelines. You can also bring in a plan of your own. Most of the homes that we build are custom designed. The format really does not matter as to what the plans are in. They can be a scan or on a napkin.
The plan process begins with a down payment with the rest due upon completion of the log package. The plans minimally include a floor plan, a foundation plan, a footer plan, electrical, porch plan, a detail sheet, and cut sheets. This plan book is created on CAD software by our in house architectural draftsman.
The cut sheets are the labor intensive part of the plan book. Each log is accounted for numerically by length. A pictorial view shows the location of each of these logs. This information is transferred to a spreadsheet and merged into a word processing program and tags are made. These tags are affixed to the right end of each log. This ensures that every log is prepared correctly and when erecting the home, each log is clearly marked for construction. This process eliminates all the guesswork and streamlines the building process which is reflected by reduced labor costs.
The Alaskan V can keep you toasty warm in the rugged temperatures of the North Slope of Alaska as handily as it can keep you cool in an Arizona summer.
What makes the structure so efficient is not insulation but rather lack thereof. The log walls act as the insulation. Not only do they muffle out the wind and rain, but they have a concept known as "thermal banking". Simply put, the square logs store heat in the winter and keep it out in the summer.
Whether on a ranch, on hunting and fishing properties, on a ski lodge, or in an oil field, no product out there can match the Alaskan V in durability, survivability, comfort, and the ease of use.
- Designed to be extremely durable.
- Designed to hold its value.
- Sets on 12 x 12 Douglas fir skids.
- The house is bolted to the skids with all thread up to the third course of logs.
- The cabin does not need skirting.
- Plumbing goes out through the side, not the floor.
- R 38 insulated floor.
- Floor is designed to keep out rodents.
- R 38 ceiling insulation.
- Electrical is done professionally to code.
- Can be set up for gas.
- Full size kitchen, 30” refrigerator, range, and dishwasher.
- 40 gallon water heater.
- Stacked washer and dryer.
- Vinyl floor covering throughout.
- Metal roof to shed snow efficiently.
A Roundhouse that was designed for Crow Agency in Montana. Marc Veillet 2010.
Low income housing design for Crow Agency in Montana. Marc Veillet 2010.
A cabin designed for the YMCA camp outside of Buffalo WY. Marc Veillet 2010.
A visitor center that was designed for the city of Ranchester Wyoming. Marc Veillet 2010.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: What is the R factor of the Logs?
A: The best way to answer this is to read the PDF in this link, National Bureau Of Standards Tests Confirm Energy-Conserving "Thermal Mass Effect" For Heavy (Log) Walls In Residential Construction
Q: What comes with the log package?
A: There are two type of log packages, milled and rustic.
Milled log packages include logs that are precut and predrilled for electrical outlets and bolts. If aplicable roof purlins and second story floor joists. Interior posts and beams and window and door bucks. Porch post and beams. Fastners, blueprints, cutsheets and consultation.
Rustic log packages includes logs that are cut to random length. All finishings must be done by the purchaser in the field. This package comes with stock blueprints and a construction manual.
Any modifications to the stock plans will change the dynamics of the package and increase the price accordingly
Q: What species of logs are used?
A: Spruce and Lodge Pole Pine are our primary woods. Ponderosa Pine and Douglas fir are also available
Q: How are the logs dried?
A: Logs are milled from standing dead dry or fire killed dry timber.
Q: How are the logs milled?
A: Our logs go through a twelve-part process from the time they are delivered our yard and to when they exit. The logs are sorted, milled, draw knifed, plained, cut to length, drilled for bolts, routed for electric, routed at the ends, tagged, stacked into bunks, wrapped in plastic, and finally loaded onto a truck. All these steps ensure that each log is accounted for and is moved through the mill as efficiently as possible. This allows us to mill more products in less time keeping log costs per linear foot down and allows us to deliver a log package in an efficient manner.
Q: What is the price per square foot of a completed home?
A: A finished house that has been built by a contractor can generally run from $125 to $200 to “the sky is the limit” per square foot. This number can be decreased by 25% to 45% for the Do-it-yourselfer. An entire book can be written about this subject.
Q: What comes with the Alaskan series of cabins?
A: Take a look at the Alaskan II Brochure February 2011 everything is explained in detail. If it is not in there, it does not come with it.
Q: What is the difference between the Alaskan II and the Alaskan V?
A: The Alaskan V is smaller in width to allow it to be moved down the highway.
Q: What time of the year can you build?
A: Any time in virtually all conditions. Remember, safty is first. We do not close down for the winter.
Q: What type of foundation can I have?
A: Too much ground slope may force you to put in a full or walk out basement. If your parcel is relatively flat, meaning that there can be no more of a rise in each corner of twenty-four inches you can put a crawl space. If you wish to put a slab on grade, you cannot have a difference of more than eighteen inches at the corners.
2012 Contact Information
Sheridan Wyoming office phone: 307-655-0800
Casper Wyoming office phone: 307-265-0807
Sale and Distribution:
Call Bob Szewc at: 307-751-4930
Call Marc Veillet at: 307-751-4930
24 hour Fax:
Sheridan office Fax: 307-655-0400
PO Box 999
Ranchester, WY 82839
Visit us at:
114 East Ridge Road
Sheridan WY 82801