Who we are
Vandecar Logwork Design Group specializes in Traditional Old World log craftsmanship including Swedish Full Scribe, Chinked, Dovetailed as well as other methods of joinery common to the industry to meet the exacting requirements of our clients.
Vandecar Logwork Designs incorporate the strength and beauty of log joinery designed for the lifestyle and climate of the Pacific Northwest. One look at our homes will show you why our designs capture the feel and beauty of natural woods native to the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.
The logs we use include Douglas Fir, as well as many other logs that not only have natural beauty but also the structural qualities that withstand the test of time. Native logs are naturally resistant to the local climate and conditions.
I have had the pleasure of visiting and working on the islands of Hawaii, I have learned a lot about the different conditions on the Islands and am involved with numerous projects there and of course am enjoying designing/consulting/building there as well as design work on the mainland. Travel there is not an issue for me. I love my laptop and Beaches. I actually work from there whenever possible.
Dear Log Home Lovers:
I am Skipp Vandecar, owner of Vandecar Logwork Design Group. I have been in the log home industry for over 35 years. I began my career learning how to build log homes from my father, a second-generation log builder. Vandecar Logwork Design Group specializes in design, drafting, construction and consulting for log home buyers and builders.
We will manufacture and construct homes in the Pacific Northwest using native woods and local builders who know and understand the particular needs for our area, eliminating the need to import logwork that is not native to this environment.
We welcome you to come visit us and see for yourself why we are the best choice for your custom alternative housing needs whether it be a primary residence, vacation home or commercial project.
My primary concern is Your needs and Your home and components are exactly what You want. My goal is to guide you through the process of log home or timber frame construction from design through completion. I work face to face with my clients to ensure that the end results match your vision of living in a natural log environment.
Decisions become easy to make when they are based on a full understanding of the basics of logwork. I feel that it is imperative that you have someone to answer all of your questions without being biased toward one type or brand. If I don't know the answer to your question I will find someone who does. After 35 years in the log home industry, I have run into about everything that usually comes up. However, I have also learned that when you think you know all the answers, they change the questions - this makes life a little more fun that way.
Together we will take your ideas and translate those dreams into reality, identifying the best options for your project.
We are your local connection. Give us a try. You will be pleasantly surprised at our fast and courteous service and response.
I have done design and drafting for blueprints for many log firms in the Pacific Northwest. I've expanded my company to pursue additional services which include construction of log homes using native Pacific Northwest woods.
I am familiar with all aspects of log construction: Swedish Full Scribe, Butt and Pass, Log Post and Beam, Milled, Dovetailed, Log Timber Frame and Handcrafted Traditional Chinked buildings.
I'm also familiar with all of the specialized components used in log construction including finishes, chinking and caulking, as well as the custom hardware that is not generally found in the market place. I use the most advanced computer form of 3-D drafting to complete your design. You will be able to view your design if full 3-D from the comfort of your home or office and take all the time you need to review your home at your leisure. This allows you to make modifications inexpensively as your design progresses to its completion.
In addition to log work designing and drafting, I also consult for customers who have questions relating to the cost and construction of your home: the different forms of construction available, the various types of log components available, technical information relating to the options you may consider for your new home.
The design process starts with preliminary drawings that help you to design a floor plan layout that works for you and your family. It progresses to complete blueprints ready for your building department and lending agency.
I have specialized in log work design as a component system for over 15 years. This method of construction uses a combination of conventional framing and logs. Component systems offer most of the visual impact of logwork without many of the extra steps used in full log construction. This can include such items as decorative support posts, fireplace mantels, stair systems, log window sills and interior log ceiling beams, exterior corner and intermediate posts, built-in log benches and beds. The only real limit is your imagination.
In addition to regular stick framing as a component in your log home, I have successfully used many SIP panel (structural insulated panels) as a regular component in all Hi-bred post and beam homes , I am proud to use R-Control Products exclusively as well as many Of R-Control panel components in your initial design. R-Control products when used in accordance with my design specifications cut down on the construction timeline as well as provide the most energy efficient roof construction system available to date.
With all of the different alternatives available to you, when using R-Control as your panel source you will be pleased with your decision to use R-Control. The difference becomes clear when you know all the facts before purchasing inferior products. R-Control is the only panel company that uses a post production application of Frameguard, A mildecide that protects the roof and wall system from mold and mildew growth and extends the warrantee from bug infestation for twenty years. Nobody offers that in the industry except R-Control, I only specify R-Control panels, sold thru Big Sky Insulation on the west coast.
Post and Beam - Our Specialty
Log Timber Frame
Swedish Full Scribe
Log Accents For Existing Homes
Bamboo and Exotic Accents
We offer complete Design Services for the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner who is acting as their own General Contractor. Services can include:
We offer complete Design Services for the Homeowner who wants a Custom Conventional Home. Services can include:
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