Building Your New Home With Your Own Wood

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Gerry and Karol French of Madison are building a new home using wood from their own land.

 

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They own 20 acres of land near Wautoma, half is a mix of red and white pine - 45 years old.
The log home will be built on a hillside site South of Cross Plains, WI.

 

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Alex Greene - Red Beard Lumber is doing the logging and woodworking with his WoodMizer sawmill.

 

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The logs were cut during the HOTTEST week of the year, but at least the bark peeps off more easily in June.

 

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L to R - Isaac, Alex, Prairie, and Brian
A mill extension was used to cut 30 foot long logs for the home.

 

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A four wheel drive Kubota tractor with a Farmi winch did the skidding.

 

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Timbergreen will be making oak and cherry flooring and cabinets, also from trees cut from the French's land.

 

The Cross Plains Building Project:

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This layer of hard limestone took a lot of extra time and money to excavate for the driveway.

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Alex and Jim sawmill the hardwood logs along side the road, for the flooring, decking, and cabinets.

 

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A 460 Million year old fossilized "Stromatalite" (colonial algae) shows that this was ocean beach front property a while back.

 

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Mark Armstrong (on ladder) steadys a rafter for Bryan Butteris and Alex.

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Alex and Prairie install pine paneling from their trees.

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White and Burr Oak quartersawn decking was made with their own wood.

 

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The Electrician readies the kitchen area.

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Dry lumber is made into flooring on the Logosol Molder

 

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Mixed species flooring is installed in the Great Room.

 

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Eric nails down an oak floor board.

 

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Matt carries in more flooring.

 

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click here for Finished Flooring and Cabinets

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