Archive for April, 2009

Apr 30 2009

Sliding Internal doors for the log house


door-triple-in-place We have had three custom built iroko doors made to divide the kitchen diner from the louge. In normal use there is a single door at the right hand end that can be opened on it’s own. The sun door behind our joiner is a story or two for another day.

door-triple-folding-one By dropping two catches the three doors can be folded right back until they are flat against the wall

door-triple-folding-twice So then you can see all the way from one end of the house to the other. We have had the top panels on the doors made in wood for now, but they are removable if we feel we want glass in them instead, patterned, plain or whatever. The advice was to live with them first for a while and see how often they are open and how often closed.

door-triple-head-detail Of course with a log house nothing is straightforward as you constantly have to work compensation for settlement into your design. So the head of the doors “floats” verticallyon five steel posts that are fixed to the upper head and a generous inch has been left for the upper head to settle down towards the main head. This main head had to be made from two bits of iroko as 9″ wide was the maximum width our door maker could source.

Apr 29 2009

More work on the log house balconies


balcony-decking-construction-starts With the wood cut to size and the access tower in place we can now work on the fixing of the balconies. First up are the 5 cedar planks. Next are the hand rails and posts, which we have had made in iroko. The spindles are in western red cedar.

Apr 27 2009

Building the balconies on the log house


balcony-decking-in-paint So with most of the internal work on the house coming to a close we can get some of those outdoor bits done that we left for later, like finishing off the balconies. These sit on steel I section beams and have 5 8″ x 3″ cedar planks as the walking area. So these are given a couple of coats of the protection treatment applied to the main house logs before being put up.

Apr 14 2009

Choosing electrical sockets for the log house


electric-socket-sample-board-hamilton Here was a useful sample board that electrical suppliers will tend to have of their preferred suppliers various styles. A useful thing to borrow for a weekend when you are deciding on this sort of thing.

As we were going for a stainless or wood theme this choice was pretty simple.

Apr 12 2009

Finishing off the bathrooms


bathroom-plaster-around-mirror-cupboards Since we were last looking at the bathroom, the recessed cupboards have been edged with stainless steel trim and plastered and painted.

bathroom-sink-top-template The lovely sparkly blue reconstituted stone worktop has been set in place. Here in front is the plywood template we made which was sent to the worktop suppliers for them to copy. It’s quite a bit of work to get templates for all these surfaces right, then a wait for a week or so while the worktops are cut. More pics of the sinks in, the doors and drawers on the vanity unit etc soon!

Apr 6 2009

Fitting the central vacuum wall sockets


central vacuum wall socket fitting Well along with fitting electrical sockets and the like, it is now time to put in the nice stainless steel wall sockets. Putting a bit of lubricant spray on the rubber o ring helps make sure the o ring does not get caught up, as a good seal here on all the sockets is important for the overall perfomance of the system.


Apr 1 2009

Putting exterior lights over entrance doors on the log house


electrical-wiring-for-wall-light-two.jpg We have done most of the wiring in the log house by drilling vertical conduit holes in the logs as they were stacked. However over door ways you cannot avoid the “recommended” short cut of taking the power cable up the back of the steel that stiffens the log assembly, across the door head and then out to the external

 electric-wiring-for-door-light.jpg  face of the log with a diagonally drilled hole to wait for the light fitting to arrive. Have a  look in the Log House Design category for more details of door and window openings if this is of interest.