Windy Hill Log Homes was established in 1985 by Michael Arbogast. Our business began as a result of a natural demand from people seeking an affordable way to realize their dream homes. Our customers have been our best advertisement. Most of our business is a product of word of mouth and recommendations. Over the years we have helped hundreds of clients build an economically feasible dream home. From the small one room cabin to Inns and complex lodge style homes, we enjoy being able to craft dreams from logs.
Our main focus is on meeting the needs of our clients through providing quality workmanship. Our emphasis is logwork and providing the log-kit. We have over the years taken part of every aspect of the homes we built from foundation to finish work. We take into consideration our clients needs, familiarity with construction and timetable and provide additional guidance, recommendations, local contractor references and instruction so the owner can get the best value from their home. Our goal for you to provide a balance between saving money and getting the quality of home you desire.
We build with full length logs, each of which is specifically selected for proper fit and function in each home. Locally harvested trees are processed through our mechanical debarker which quickly removed the outer layers of bark, and are transferred to drying barns. This allows the wood to dry properly and avoids weathering of the wood prior to use. Prior to the logs being incorporated into a structure they are given a hand planed finish that brings out the grain and beauty of the wood. The majority of our log kits are built with saddle notches in a chinked and full-scribed fashion. We use the term semi-scribe to describe our prefered style of fitting the logs together. It is a mixture of full scribe coping of the logs, where each log is coped to overlay the log beneath and the chink style that leaves a larger gap between the logs. We feel the home is better sealed with the application of chinking. Traditional full scribe still will allow air to penetrate between the logs, the air seal is vastly improved with chinking. Therefore we use coping where necessary to eliminate larger gaps between the logs and saving the client money by eliminating excess material required to chink the home. We also have built structures in a log timber frame style, using a mixture of horizontal and vertical logs to provide a framework. Our roof systems are typically full log gable ends with log purlin support beams, as opposed to using conventional frame or log posts to build the gable ends of the roof. We also have built roof systems using log trusses and log rafters and combinations of both. For those interested in economy but still want a log structure, a good option is to use standard frame trusses over log walls.