Archive for September, 2009

Things to Consider Prior to Building a Log Home

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Log homes have provided shelter for thousands of years. Over that time, they have evolved from simple crude structures to extravagant finely crafted structures. As you begin to plan to build a log home, there are several details you will want to consider.

Cost is obviously one of the primary factors for any home and is even more so with log homes. You can get economical log home kits that you can easily construct yourself. However, they will not give you the rustic high-end elegance of a handcrafted log home. Handcrafted log homes will cost considerably more than kit homes however they of a much finer quality.

Log shape is another consideration. Log kits can come in full round (typically not fully round- round on exterior and interior but flat tops and bottoms), D logs (flat interior and round exterior), and square. There is very little advantage of any one type construction wise. It mainly comes down to personal preference. hand crafted log homes utilize raw full round logs. Crafters then fit each log into place by hand. As you can imagine, this requires much more time and skill thus increasing the cost of handcrafted log homes significantly.

Another detail you will want to consider is whether you want your home chinked or not. Chinking is the weather proofing between logs. Originally chinking was made of a mixture of mud and straw. Today it is comprised of a foam backer rod covered with a silicon or latex coating. All log homes do not require chinking. Kit log homes use a weather stripping that is compressed between the logs and therefore do not need to be chinked. Also tightly fitted handcrafted log homes can be sealed in the same manner and therefore do not require chinking. If you like the look of chinking, any log home can be chinked. Just remember that this will be an additional construction cost. Chinking also comes in a variety of colors to match the stain that you use on your log home.

Another factor that affects the overall cost is construction time. Kit log homes require substantially less time to erect compared to handcrafted log homes. Kit logs are milled so that all logs are uniform and just need to be stacked with little or no handcrafting. Handcrafted log homes are usually erected twice. The first time the logs are fitted into place at the log yard. The logs are then taken down and shipped to the construction site where they are fitted back together.

There are numerous log home companies that provide both kit and handcrafted log homes. Prior to selecting a company gather all the info that you can on the company, their logs and construction techniques and if possible visit one or two log homes they have constructed.

When you are ready to buy that special piece of land to build your log home on, visit www.landbrokermls.com to search land for sale.

Things to Consider Prior to Purchasing Hunting Land

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

When you begin your search for hunting land for sale, you will want to consider several factors. Species you desire to hunt, quality of species you desire, species population size, species acreage requirements, and management goals to name a few. Below we have taken a couple big game species and discuss some of these factors. We will start with Whitetail deer hunting land in Texas.

When looking for whitetail deer hunting land in Texas, you will first want to determine if you are looking for a place that has high populations of deer simply for the enjoyment of hunting or if you want a place that has trophy quality deer. You will also want to determine what your goals will be. Do you want to buy  land that has not been managed previously and start your own management program or buy land that has already been managed? If you want to buy place to manage for and hunt trophy whitetail, you will want a place that is at least 1000 acres or more if it is not high fenced. If it is high fence,d you probably would not want a place smaller than 3-400 acres. In addition, you will want to manage the deer population according to your management goals.

Now lets look at Colorado Elk hunting land. You will still want to decide if you want a place for hunting trophy animals or simply for the enjoyment of hunting. Once you have determined what type of hunting you want to be able to do, you have several options. You can by small acreage that borders National Forest or BLM land giving you access to 1,000s of acres to hunt or you can buy large parcels of private land. You will be very limited on your management options if you elect to buy smaller parcels that simply give you access as opposed to the options that will be available if you purchase large private tracts of land. You will also need to decide what unit you want to purchase land in. Some units are draw only and some have 2nd, 3rd and 4th season over the counter tags. If you buy private land, you may be able to get land owner tags. The draw only units will generally have better trophy quality but lower overall herd numbers so unless you have land owner tags you will be required to draw your tags and it may take several bonus points in order to draw. You will want to keep these factors in mind when looking at Colorado Hunting Land for Sale.

Pine beetle and the Rocky Mountains

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

It is important to understand that there are different beetles affecting the forests of the Rocky Mountains. The primary beetle impacting Colorado Mountain Land is the Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus Ponderosae). The Mountain Pine Beetle commonly attacks Ponderosa, lodgepole, Scotch, and Limber pine while Bristlecone Pine, Pinyon Pine, firs and spruces are less susceptible. Things to consider when looking for Colorado Mountain land for sale, New Mexico Mountain land for sale, or Wyoming Mountain land for sale:

1. What species of pine are present on the property?
2.. Are any of the pines infected by pine beetle?
3. What type of beetle is infecting the trees?
4. If there is an infestation present how much of the forest has been affected?
5. What are the remedies available to mitigate any infestation?
– Spraying
– Logging
– Chipping

In the Northern Rocky Mountains, Montana Mountain Land and Wyoming Mountain land are also being ravaged by beetles. in Montana it is primarily a bark beetle that is killing trees and to a limited extent in Wyoming. Montana Mountain Land for sale will most likely have at least some pine beetle infestation however do not let this discourage you. There are many uses for the timber and many alternatives for mitigation.

– Firewood
– Furniture
– Pellet Production
– Construction lumber
– Wood chips

Also remember, that once the dead falls have been removed and cleaned up the forest will be more diverse and healthier.