As we try to sort out who we will choose in the 08’ elections
to run the country, Congress is having a hard time playing in the
same sandbox. Illegal immigration is a “hot” issue.
The Spring of ‘07 was spent finishing Real Log Home projects
in Ontario, Cohocton, Springwater, and Sodus Point.
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The politics in ‘06 were intense; Iraq has had little peace, our economy is robust, the spring was wet, and gas feels like a bargain at $2.49/gal. The Winter of ‘06 was spent finishing Real Log Home projects on Seneca Lake south of Geneva, south of Keuka College, and the northern rim of Wayne County while designing projects for Little York Lake, Ontario, Cohocton, Springwater, and Sodus Point.
The year of 2005 was a year of I-pods, hurricanes, $3.00 gas, and a greater investment in Iraq.
Several projects were brought to completion over the winter. Pete and Donna Scheid build a retreat/retirement Real Log home over-looking many of the hills around Prattsburg. The 1780 sq. ft. home was built on an XI Superior Wall Foundation to be finished off at a later time for additional living space.
The year of 2004 was an intense one as the rigorous campaigns were waged and finally- the elections were held.
It was a wonderful year to build as interest rates continued to be the lowest in many years and there almost enough materials to meet demand. The east coast hurricanes, the efforts to rebuild war ravaged countries, and the short oil and asphalt supplies (due to the expanding world economy), kept the material costs high and the availability of such materials in question from time to time.
As 2003 winds down and an "ace in the hole" takes on the meaning of a whole new card game, we add another growth ring to our "tree of life". Over the year, designs were fine tuned and budgets adjusted to keep several projects on track. The results were a joy to be a part of. the ability to pre-build the home on the computer screen allows us to "see" changes as they are discussed before final decisions are made.
As the economy tried to decide what to do in 2002 and a
winter El Nino cranked up to add much needed ground moisture,
we added another growth ring to the “tree of life”. After 31
years, our Real Log Home business is still changing and is still a
joy. Each project has its own challenges yet there are always
opportunities and choices to be made to help to find solutions.
Several homes were delivered in 2001 which were completed
during the spring of 2002.
In 2001, we added another growth ring to the “tree of life” and
we celebrated 30 years of being pioneers in the wave of log home
building that started in the early seventies. We have been involved
in well over 600 homes since the hanging out of our first
shingle out and this year we’ve added more. Every home has a
story and in each story we find the beginning of another adventure
that makes “log home living” the treasure it is.
For Neil and Joan Gates, they dreamed of a log home since being married and almost built a modular. Several log home open houses and a practical design allowed them to make their budget and order a Real Log Home.
Amidst the "survivors" and "recounts" of 2000, we have added another ring to the tree of life. At the beginning of 2000 there were several projects in various stages of completion. John and Rita Edmond's custom Real Log Home Whitney Retreat overlooking the Dansville Balloon Festival site grew to completion in later spring. An 8' gable porch was added to connect the front and rear cedar decks and a rear screened-in porch area.
This has been an exciting year. All of the "projects" that had been put on "hold" to be built in the future were moved up for delivery this year.
Last year, Mike Shepard's home was delivered. It is a 2,300 sq. ft. custom saltbox and it built in Ontario off Bailey Rd. The home is built on a Superior Wall foundation and has in-floor radiant heat on top of the subfloor. Mike added a massive granite fireplace and extended the dining room to accommodate the 4" slab by 12 ft. long polished redwood root dining table mounted on cypress root legs.
Ed Schoen has been building homes since 1976 and writing about them since 1997.