We can help. We have over 30 years experience with log home construction.
Consultations for “Existing” Log Home Owners and “First Time” Owners/Buyers. Consulting with JMT&A will save time and money and ensure your project runs smoothly from the initial design to completion of the project.
Preliminary consultations provide the homeowner a way to establish a “budget” to determine the overall scope of the project, as well as identify items that may not be initially included. Onsite consultations with the homeowner and/or the contractor can establish a communication base with all the parties involved so future questions or issues during the building process can be addressed locally or via long distance.
The key to log home weatherization is ‘integrity’. Integrity is required in every step of the design and installation of a log home weatherization system.
The negative traits that are usually associated with log homes, such as air and pest infiltration, natural shrinkage and compression of logs (which leads to settling), should be addressed during the construction process so they will never show later as a problem. If these problems are not systematically dealt with as they are encountered during the construction process they become more difficult and costly to remedy after the house is completed.
We desire to be involved with you as early in the project as possible. During the design inception as well as informing you as to what can and cannot be done in a log home.
We are affiliated with a local design firm that produces clear, accurate drawings using a state-of-the-art CAD system. We work closely with them every step of the way to assure your ideas are conveyed to blueprints. We have several leading engineers available that specialize in log home structural calculations. If you already have blueprints we will be happy to review them with you and your designer.
From completed prints we are able to compile a comprehensive and accurate cost estimate for your project. Our thorough cost breakdown enables us to evaluate both design and cost options. Our experience and accuracy, while estimation, provides our clients with realistic construction costs.
The homeowner's wishes for undisturbed terrain, pristine views or privacy are strictly adhered to. We sub-contract with reputable excavators and are regularly on site overseeing this work. There are many foundation options available to the owner. We use foam board insulation on all foundations and engineer them to accommodate a log home.
Once again we work in unison with the log hardcrafters to clearly establish production and re-set schedules, accessibility to the home site, coordination with crane contractors and integrating out labor forces during the re-set. We are affiliated with the nation's top handcrafting companies and would be pleased to arrange and accompany you on a tour of their operations. During our years of building homes with these handcrafters we have developed very amiable relationships and work harmoniously with them.
A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. The auditors may use a smoke pencil to detect air leaks. These tests determine the air infiltration rate of a building. Blower doors consist of a frame and flexible panel that fit in a doorway, a variable-speed fan, a pressure gauge to measure the pressure differences inside and outside the home, and an airflow manometer and hoses for measuring airflow. Example of J.T’s Expertise In 2005, an air infiltration test was performed on a log home completed by James M. Taylor and Associates. This test, known as the blower door test, was conducted on a handcrafted “Scandinavian cope” style log home constructed of dead standing logs. Typical to log structures, the log package had compressed and settled 2-1/4 inches in height between the loft floor and sub floor. With no extra to the home before the test, my standard weatherization techniques of my building methods came in at 2.64 air changes per hours (ACH) at 50 paschal. According to the technicians, the average home in Montana has a reading of 5 ACH. Note: The above mentioned test was performed by Paul Tschida of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality The results, James believes, give credibility to his knowledge and philosophy of log home construction and their performance as a viable, energy efficient structure.