Frontier Builders Inc.

Inspired by Nature. Imaged by You. Crafted by Us.

© 2020 Frontier Builders Inc. and Frontier Log Crafters, Inc. Michigan and Wisconsin 715-547-6222  |  dan@fbiloghomes.com Website by North Country Website Design
Frontier Builders is a family owned, handcrafted log home builder. Skilled log craftsmen building custom log homes of your dreams in Michigan & Wisconsin.

Resources

Frontier Builders provides many services related to log home building. We want you to receive the best service from the best company available.  When looking for a company to help you build your new log home: Look at the company’s past, and recent work. Talk to customers who aren’t on their testimonials page. Call the local building inspector’s. Drop unannounced into the builders shop or job site. Call them to see if they answer the phone or return your call. Are they active in trade organizations? Do they provide quality service after the sale? Watch out for great deals, you generally get what you pay for! We build a few log homes every year and have been blessed with loyal customers. Like most builders, we strive to improve our product while trying to keep the customer’s cost and our margins fair. Our goal is to be in business for another thirty years and beyond. You will find that Frontier Builders passes all questions with flying colors. Below is some more information on how we build quality, custom log homes! Links International Log Builders Association Great Lakes Log Crafters Association Archicad software by GRAPHISOFT

Drying Logs

Most companies kiln dry small or “short” logs.  We dry our short logs too, but we distance ourselves from our competition with our capability to dry larger logs. We take the slow and low approach to drying our big logs. We are currently testing some new drying processes to further improve the large log drying process. Our first log dryer went on-line in the summer of 2008. It’s a simple structure made of two large shipping containers connected together. We have a track system to run the logs in and out of the containers. We will be expanding this system in 2010-2011 and hope to have the capacity to dry enough wood for our average size home.

Double Log Seam Gaskets

Log seam gaskets have been used as an option in our home packages for many years. Due to the excellent results we have had since we started “double gasketing” a few years ago. This term means that both inside and outside laterals and all of the notches. Our focus is on product quality, not the risk of losing a project to a company that doesn’t gasket, or share our long-term commitment to your building. We therefore double gasket all of our homes.    

Peeling Logs

Are the logs machine-peeled or hand-peeled? While hand-peeling would appear as the most authentic way to prepare a log for building, it is not the most efficient or the most economically sound. While hand peeling is a great way to prepare your logs, it is very labor intensive because there are so many logs that need to be peeled. Ninety-eight percent our peeling is done with our machine and we peel all of our logs twice. After the first peel, which we call a “rough peel,” the log is dried and then right before we build the home, we do a “finish peel”. We perform both jobs on the same machine which was designed to be expandable so we can do more than just peel the log. My father, Jerry and I, spent many hours traveling all over the world on our quest to find an automated peeler that would deliver the look of a hand-peeled log. While we found some very nice systems, most of them were expensive and designed to do more than we needed too. We weren’t looking for anything that complex. During our search, we found technologies designed to do just what we wanted, but we quickly learned that after the machine did its thing, someone would have to get the draw shave out and finish what the machine couldn’t do. We liked the old German peelers, but they were designed to peel smaller logs. So, we contacted a company that had built a new version of an older peeler. After a couple years of designing and a couple more years of tweaking, we created what I believe to be the best log peeler on the market. It delivers lots of bang for our customers’ buck. Using our system, I have fooled many builders and most of my customer’s into thinking that we still hand-peel our logs. It’s the closest thing to hand peeling that I’ve ever seen, and requires very little touch up work after the log has been peeled. This is another technique that allows us to be efficient with our customers’ money. When presented with problem’s our Old farmer’s method of hard work and common sense has helped Frontier Builders manage the challenges of building fine homes . So, when you’re shopping for a log home builder, be sure to ask how they peel their logs, and how many times they are peeled. Some will use a small curve shoe-planer which can leave ‘planer marks” and when that log is stained, all the little marks are more prominent and detract from the “natural” look of the log.

Stable Log Structures

Since logs are nature's purest form of material, there can be some settling, shrinking and other changes in the constructed log walls over time. Not only do we use the driest wood possible, we also utilize several other methods to ensure log wall stability. We use settling jacks at the support posts in key areas of the structure to allow adjustments to be made to the roof and floor systems as the structure settles. The settling is typically due to continued loss of moisture content in the log as well as compression from roof loads over time. As an option to our buyers warranty we will come out to the completed project once a year up to 5 years to adjust the jacks as necessary. In addition we will drill thu-bolts at key places from the top of the wall down through the bottom of the wall and into the sub- floor system. These bolts add a high degree of added stability as well as secure the roof to the rest of the structure. The window and door openings are cut  and splined to allow a "buck" to be installed that provides a secure mounting point for the window/door and at the same time allow the logs to settle naturally.

Frontier Builders Inc.

Inspired by Nature. Imaged by You. Crafted by Us.

© 2020 Frontier Builders Inc. and Frontier Log Crafters, Inc. Michigan and Wisconsin 715-547-6222  |  dan@fbiloghomes.com Website by North Country Website Design

Resources

Frontier Builders provides many services related to log home building. We want you to receive the best service from the best company available.  When looking for a company to help you build your new log home: Look at the company’s past, and recent work. Talk to customers who aren’t on their testimonials page. Call the local building inspector’s. Drop unannounced into the builders shop or job site. Call them to see if they answer the phone or return your call. Are they active in trade organizations? Do they provide quality service after the sale? Watch out for great deals, you generally get what you pay for! We build a few log homes every year and have been blessed with loyal customers. Like most builders, we strive to improve our product while trying to keep the customer’s cost and our margins fair. Our goal is to be in business for another thirty years and beyond. You will find that Frontier Builders passes all questions with flying colors. Below is some more information on how we build quality, custom log homes! Links International Log Builders Association Great Lakes Log Crafters Association Archicad software by GRAPHISOFT

Drying Logs

Most companies kiln dry small or “short” logs.  We dry our short logs too, but we distance ourselves from our competition with our capability to dry larger logs. We take the slow and low approach to drying our big logs. We are currently testing some new drying processes to further improve the large log drying process. Our first log dryer went on-line in the summer of 2008. It’s a simple structure made of two large shipping containers connected together. We have a track system to run the logs in and out of the containers. We will be expanding this system in 2010- 2011 and hope to have the capacity to dry enough wood for our average size home.

Double Log Seam Gaskets

Log seam gaskets have been used as an option in our home packages for many years. Due to the excellent results we have had since we started “double gasketing” a few years ago. This term means that both inside and outside laterals and all of the notches. Our focus is on product quality, not the risk of losing a project to a company that doesn’t gasket, or share our long-term commitment to your building. We therefore double gasket all of our homes.    

Peeling Logs

Are the logs machine-peeled or hand-peeled? While hand-peeling would appear as the most authentic way to prepare a log for building, it is not the most efficient or the most economically sound. While hand peeling is a great way to prepare your logs, it is very labor intensive because there are so many logs that need to be peeled. Ninety-eight percent our peeling is done with our machine and we peel all of our logs twice. After the first peel, which we call a “rough peel,” the log is dried and then right before we build the home, we do a “finish peel”. We perform both jobs on the same machine which was designed to be expandable so we can do more than just peel the log. My father, Jerry and I, spent many hours traveling all over the world on our quest to find an automated peeler that would deliver the look of a hand-peeled log. While we found some very nice systems, most of them were expensive and designed to do more than we needed too. We weren’t looking for anything that complex. During our search, we found technologies designed to do just what we wanted, but we quickly learned that after the machine did its thing, someone would have to get the draw shave out and finish what the machine couldn’t do. We liked the old German peelers, but they were designed to peel smaller logs. So, we contacted a company that had built a new version of an older peeler. After a couple years of designing and a couple more years of tweaking, we created what I believe to be the best log peeler on the market. It delivers lots of bang for our customers’ buck. Using our system, I have fooled many builders and most of my customer’s into thinking that we still hand-peel our logs. It’s the closest thing to hand peeling that I’ve ever seen, and requires very little touch up work after the log has been peeled. This is another technique that allows us to be efficient with our customers’ money. When presented with problem’s our Old farmer’s method of hard work and common sense has helped Frontier Builders manage the challenges of building fine homes . So, when you’re shopping for a log home builder, be sure to ask how they peel their logs, and how many times they are peeled. Some will use a small curve shoe-planer which can leave ‘planer marks” and when that log is stained, all the little marks are more prominent and detract from the “natural” look of the log.

Stable Log Structures

Since logs are nature's purest form of material, there can be some settling, shrinking and other changes in the constructed log walls over time. Not only do we use the driest wood possible, we also utilize several other methods to ensure log wall stability. We use settling jacks at the support posts in key areas of the structure to allow adjustments to be made to the roof and floor systems as the structure settles. The settling is typically due to continued loss of moisture content in the log as well as compression from roof loads over time. As an option to our buyers warranty we will come out to the completed project once a year up to 5 years to adjust the jacks as necessary. In addition we will drill thu-bolts at key places from the top of the wall down through the bottom of the wall and into the sub-floor system. These bolts add a high degree of added stability as well as secure the roof to the rest of the structure. The window and door openings are cut  and splined to allow a "buck" to be installed that provides a secure mounting point for the window/door and at the same time allow the logs to settle naturally.