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Well it’s that time of year now. We are in full construction swing and our latest creation is coming to life.  Roaring Brook Log Homes is proud to present 103 Brook View Court, in Roaring Brook Township, PA  18444.  She’ s ready for finishing touches and a lucky buyer can choose hardwood flooring, kitchen and bath cabinetry, as well as  tile finishes for a short time.

Thanks to  Timberhaven Log Homes, Windward Solar, Advanced Concrete Systems, and all of our Vendors and Tradesmen for the great work on this beautiful  4 bedroom 2.5 bath engineered full log home with a 2 car attached garage.   Call now 732-245-2962 to set up an appointment.

 

 

A Lifestyle – Roaring Brook Log Homes

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In full spring foliage , the Mountain King promotes security, seclusion, and strength

We are proud to present the Mountain King for sale.  With all the loose ends buttoned up we are ready for new homeowners.  The Mountain King’s finish work, fireplace, and landscaping is complete.

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With a Soapstone Hearth, Boral’s newest Versetta stone, and Natural Northeastern White Pine Mantle, this three dimensional fireplace can be viewed as a high efficiency wood stove or a traditional wood burning fireplace full of ambience…

 

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The second story custom window and studio loft are embraced with 8 inch pine tongue and groove with Cedar trim for golden amber patina that will be enjoyed in about 12 months as it turns color.
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The kitchen has a bar to seat Five adorned in Slate Gray Silestone ( Quartz) for longevity and low maintenance.  Stainless Steel appliances include counter depth oven and refrigerator from Frigidaire’s Gallery Series. While two hammered copper sinks, the main front apron farm sink and the bar prep sink accommodate entertaining.

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3/4 inch Wideplank Oak Hardwood floors with a Faux Slate Porcelain Tile throughout the log home adds to the endurance of the longevity of this Log Home. Most stick built homes are designed and fabricated for 50-60 yrs while maintained log homes will last over 200 years!

 

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All shower and baths are custom glass enclosures with porcelain tile throughout.

 

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The Mountain King sits perched on 2 wooded secluded acres with views from all sides. 1100 sq ft of raised decking as well as a balcony off the Master Studio Loft ensures plenty of panoramic views

 

We want to thank a long list of vendors, subcontractors , inspectors, neighbors and friends that all helped us make our vision a reality. Special thanks go out to our Construction Team, Pete Tevendale, our Master Log Home Craftsman , Larry Gray, and Ty as the core crew with cameo appearances from  Ron and Uncle Andy, Garret, Dan, Nate, and Bob Smith

Our subs and vendors include Beaver Mountain, Windward Solar, Alt Excavation, Monk HVAC, ABH Enterprises LLC / The Mulch Guy Landscaping, EnergySmart Insulation, Erie Materials, and of course Corina and Keith from Home Depot in Dickson City, PA and Suzanne from Home Depot in Eatontown.

Also would like to acknowledge some special folks that positively influenced our business include Jim Comes, from Summit Woods Land Development, and Howard Updike, with Peoples Security Bank for believing in our vision.

Also big thanks to my wife and family for giving me the time and patience to follow my heart…..

Marching out of Madness

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Street view of the Mountain King with the March snow still on the ground

 

With Spring upon us and Old Man Winter gasping one last time this year,  we have been busy completing the Mountain King and look forward as the weather lets up.

Plenty of finish work has been accomplished by Pete, our Master Builder, and Nate during this snowy winter.

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The workmanship in this log home is second to none.

Finish work included the cedar interior trim, the completion of the oak hardwood flooring, as well as the tongue and groove interior walls.

The glass enclosed shower and tub enclosures are finished and  lighting, interior doors, and hardware are installed.

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Porcelain, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Glass surround this inviting first floor private shower 

Remaining tasks are centered on the Fireplace installation, to include the ledge-stone, hearth and mantle. We are waiting for good weather to cut an opening in the log wall and install the fireplace, chimney chase, cap, and piping.

Weather permitting, the garage floor will be poured and the landscaping and driveway will be finished.

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Overlooking the family room, the antique finished 3/4 inch full Oak hardwood flooring contrasts the Beaver Mountain hand hewn support columns and square spindle railing

 

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First impression as you round the bend and see her for the first time…. Beautiful, Strong, Safe and Secure!

She’s ready to show as Spring brings in warmer weather and prospective owners.

The Mountain King’s New Year

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Well we’ve ushered in 2015 and the Mountain King is prepared for finishing.  Insulation by Energy Smart Insulations systems was installed this past month.  Both open cell and closed cell were used to compliment the thermal properties of the Eastern White Pine logs.

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The use of spray foam insulation is by far superior to the traditional fiberglass insulation and is a perfect compliment to the thermal qualities of the logs

Despite the cold weather, outdoor work continues with rough gas and water plumbing completed, 1000 gallon propane tank installed, our well and pump installation operational with our septic design closely behind.

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1000 gallon propane tank is buried underground for longevity, maintenance, and aesthetics. Also by purchasing the tank, there is no contract for the fuel and the owner can shop around for the best price.

 

Inside we now have tongue and groove  wall installation , kitchen and  bath cabinetry completed with countertop templating and glass shower enclosure design surveys this week.

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Eight inch North Eastern White Pine tongue and grove covers the interior walls of the log home. No wall board or sheetrock was used int he interior coverings of this cabin.
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The kitchen takes shape with wall and base cabinets installed. Cabinets are 100% plywood construction, dovetail joinery, oak panels matching the floor, countertop and backsplash. Stainless kitchen appliances from Frigidaire’s Gallery collection compliment the look. Hammered copper apron sink with built in counter depth oven and range along with a hammered copper prep sink complete the look. More to follow.

 

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Fit and finished to perfection. roll out draws, soft glide retraction, cutlery dividers, and waste basket storage are some of the kitchens cabinetry features.

 

The radiant heat system is  the most comfortable, highest efficiency heat one can install into new homes today.  10 different zones offer the ultimate in control to heat the Mountain King.  Below is some of the handiwork of Pete Tevendale from Windward Solar LLC.  

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Although intricate installation is the the key . These radiant systems are quite simple;operating solely on the tankless hot water heater as the heart of the heat. Both domestic hot water and the space heating is provided by the 140K BTU tankless wonder.

 

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Shielded foil is installed over the pex tubing carrying the heated fluid to direct the radiant heat into the floor above. All 3 levels of the Mountain King are outfitted with under floor radiant heat, including the basement slab and garage floors.

 

Air Conditioning and backup heat is provided by Monk HVAC Systems Inc.  We used split duct heating and air conditioning  for greater  efficiency. The Trane products provided a 13 SEER rating and work well with the in floor radiant heat system. Just another plus on the green technology used in the construction of the Mountain King.

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It may be snowing but we have A/C!

Walkout daylight basement is ready for the pouring hopefully this week, weather permitting.

Finishing features such as fireplace install and stone work with wide plank hardwood flooring are next on the schedule.

Looking Really Good!!! – Nov 18

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The core team of Pete, Larry, and Ty have surpassed every expectation. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

 

We have turned the corner on the Mountain King.  With a well deserved coat of stain, she is shining through the North West Pocono mountains.  Late Autumn has stripped the trees of their cover and magnificent views abound.

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With the exterior 10 inch logs preserved in time for the winter, the Team has been concentrating on interior walls, electrical, plumbing, and flooring. With plumbing pressure test successfully completed on Sunday we are ready to close the walls

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Ron does a fantastic job with drain and source water plumbing in the Master Suite Bath
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Electrical and lighting are no strangers to master log home builder Pete!
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Ready to close the walls
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Venting through a log home requires careful planning and detailed execution. Interior walls are the only availability to run multilevel options

 

Our newest Team member is Moustaffa, our tried and true tile pro has been very busy working the entries , baths, kitchen and showers with his porcelain tile magic.

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Getting started
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First floor bathroom floor in English Leather Slate porcelain. Porcelain vs Natural slate wins out in appearance, maintenance, and longevity
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Powder room follows suit
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The dramatic entry, hall and kitchen were completed in a slate porcelain tile bordered by ceramic faux wood matching both the cabinetry and the wood flooring in the Great room. Diamonds are 3×3 ft placed diagonally across the subfloor areas.
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A peak at the completed kitchen floor ready for cabinetry.

Outside, Arty and John continue putting the finishing touches on the sand mound for the septic drainage system.

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Sand mound helps the liquid waste percolate or seep through the soil at a slower rate for soil with a high rock and or clay content. It prevents runoff and assures percolation at the correct rate for absorption

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The well, and LP gas storage tank are scheduled for next week. As well as the gravel base for the walkout basement.

 

Approved Site Plan

 

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Here comes the inspector!!!! Linda and Camille making their way over to see the progress

 

Sneak preview of the fireplace and planned stonework!

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IMG_1834 Plenty of T&G to cover the interior walls and ceiling.  No sheetrock in this log home’s living areas. Northeastern white pine premium grade from Beaver Mountain. Thanks guys!

 

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Just training the replacement crew on the treehouse. Can’t start early enough…….Louis and Savannah have their hands full as winter sets in

Ready for Stain – Oct 28

With some help from neighbor Chuck, the Team is ready for stain this week.  With 350 feet of hose tied into Chuck’s house, we prepared the log home for staining.  Pete and the Team finished the log siding and the Mountain King’s exterior is grand!

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The Mountain King prepared for wood preservation. We use Wood Guard XL exclusively on all our log homes
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Dramatic views off the rear deck

 

Critical Mass – Oct 16

With a run of good weather, Pete, Larry, and Ty  were able to knock out  several key steps and now have the log home under lock and key.   The “Mountain King” as Larry puts it, sits up high and mighty. Proud as we all are of her! Thanks Guys!

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Perched on the 1.6 acre lot , the Mountain King looks over the forest as Autumn quickly closes in.
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12-14 hours a day –  7 days a week……… and still smiling!

 

While Ron was on his well deserved Columbus Day break with family,  the architect added another 1/2 bath onto the first floor and expanded the second floor bath to include a bathtub in the Master bath.  

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The powder room was added to accommodate guests and keep the first floor private bath off the guest bedroom

 

The team finished the balcony roof lines as well as the  8′ wide front porch roof and it looks beautiful!

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Here’s a view from the front of the house. Yes……I asked Pete to put the windows back in again above the garage in Bonus Room.

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Here’s the latest walkout lower level plans to look over.  A second laundry was added to continue with the flexible theme of the home as well as abundant storage and refining of the interior walls.  A wet bar will be added in the recreation room. The mechanical room will feature the well water tank, the tankless water heater, and the radiant heat system components.

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Next steps include Sand Mound installation, Well drilling, and final backfill and grading.  Arty and John have already cleared the mound area.

Stay tuned!

 

Captain’s Back on the Deck

The log home retreat sits up proudly on the King Joe Mountain!

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Curbside view with all the trimmings!

The boys did a wonderful job of laying the herringbone diagonal decking down this past week while the Captain took a brief retreat. Welcome back Pete!  Trust you are reenergized!  Larry and Ty performed admirably  with a couple of cameo appearances from Dan the Driller and probably could use a break themselves.

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The use of herringbone with diagonal placement provides a much more stable platform for the deck as well as a great look

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Ronnie and Uncle Andy, the plumbing Dynamic Duo, completed the waste lines and vents for the house this past weekend.  Thanks guys!

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Ron and Andy, the Master Plumbers never missed a beat plumbing in the waste and venting……….a good time had by all!

We even worked in some play time on Friday at Lost Trails ATV Park.

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Soaring over 2000 feet, Lost Trails ATV park overlooks King Joe’s Mountain. Can you spot the wind tower?

Arty and John have moved the excavator back in for backfilling and Sand Mound  installation this weekend.

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Overlooking the great room front he Master bedroom loft at the fireplace location
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The family room east wall taking shape with the Eastern White Pine Tongue and Groove 1×8 siding provided by Beaver Mountain.
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All exterior windows and doors are in. We are under lock and key!

 

Kitchen cabinets, appliances and countertops have been ordered and due in next week. Here’s a peak at  what the layout will look like when competed.

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Tawny Oak cabinetry in a rustic setting coupled with slate gray quartz silestone countertops create an inviting kitchen dining area. Can’t wait!

Sep 14 – A LOT HAS HAPPENED

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View from street level shows how this log home is perched on the property

Since we last posted, significant progress has been made.  Garage and roof framing are completed! We are under tar paper roof with shingle bundles positioned high above awaiting installation.  Interior framing on the first floor has been completed and the minor puts and takes of the interior framing design have been worked through.   We have added a loft above the garage with its own open stair case in the back  foyer.

 

The deck support post were dug and footings poured this week ready for deck framing.  The front porch, side deck and screen room deck framing is ready for the angled herringbone flooring.

Kitchen cabinetry design was reviewed with a  accent log support beam spanning the  entire kitchen.   Lighting and water fixture specification for rough plumbing and electrical were  completed this weekend.

A hearty big thanks go out to the construction crew lead by our Master Builder, Pete Tevendale.  Larry, Ty, Nate,  the stalwarts,  were flanked with cameo appearances by Ron Corti and Johnnie Jones.

 

Aug 22 – The garage walls go up!

Framing continues with a lumber delivery yesterday.  The 24×36 garage will have two garage doors with a separate bedroom suite in the rear.  Access to the 650 sq ft bonus room above the garage is from a separate staircase off the bedroom suite.  Sliding glass doors from within the bedroom will open privately onto the  deck.  Thanks Larry!

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